Botanical Garden winter lectures aim to help gardeners

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CLEMSON — It’s a new year and the South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University is ready to teach gardeners some exciting new methods and techniques to help their gardens grow in 2017.
Patrick McMillan, Botanical Garden director, is the Garden’s 2017 Winter Lecture Series keynote speaker.Image Credit: Jim Melvin / Clemson University
The Garden’s 2017 Winter Lecture Series takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 11, 18 and 25 in the Hayden Conference Center, 156 Duck Pond Lane, Clemson. This series, titled “Gardening for a New Century,” features a variety of well-respected experts who share innovative approaches to gardening for the 21st century.
Patrick McMillan is the series’ keynote speaker and will open the series Feb. 11 with a presentation on the transformation of the Botanical Garden’s plant collection in the face of climate change over the past decade. He will explain implications of this change for home gardeners. McMillan is the Botanical Garden director, as well as host, co-creator and writer of the popular Emmy-award winning ETV nature program “Expeditions with Patrick McMillan.”
An introduction to permaculture rounds out the first day of the series. Shawn Jadrnicek, manager of the Clemson University Student Organic Farm and author of “The Bio-Integrated Farm,” illustrates how to harness natural resources, such as sunlight, wind, rainfall, organic matter and animals, and how to integrate these components into a functioning system to benefit life. Permaculture is a revolutionary approach to home gardening that encourages gardeners to employ nature to do much of the ongoing garden work and enables gardeners to reap the rewards.
On Feb. 18, the opening talk is on the importance of “Low Maintenance Perennials” for home landscape. Ellen Vincent, a Clemson University landscape specialist, offers her expertise and strategies for success with regard to design, installation and maintenance of perennial gardens. Vincent highlights perennials that need little attention but create huge impact. By choosing …

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