Southern Garden Symposium   St. Francisville, Louisiana    October 18 & 19, 2019


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Mr. Bart Brechter

For the past three years Mr. Brechter has been developing the newest department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as Head of Gardens and Landscape. The Department emphasizes the beautification of the museum's landscape. Prior to this, he served for 16 years as Curator of Gardens at bayou bend, the decorative arts museum in the former home of Miss Ima Hogg, noted philanthropist. Previously, he was Curator of Azaleas at Callway Gardens in Georgia.

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Ms. Staci L. Catron

is a library director, specializing in the subject areas of American landscape history and historic landscape preservation. In her current position as the director of the Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center, she manages the development, care, preservation, interpretation, and use of the collection, comprised of over 32,000 items including rare books, contemporary volumes, manuscripts, photographs, landscape architectural drawings, periodicals, seed catalogs, and ephemera. Founded by the Cherokee Garden Club in 1975, the Cherokee Garden Library is an active resource center that collects educational and research material in the fields of gardening, landscape design, garden history, horticulture, floral design, botanical art, cultural landscapes, natural landscapes, and plant ecology, with a specific focus on documenting the Southeastern region of the United States. The Garden Library provides exceptional service to the public; preserves and cares for its collections; acquires, through purchase and gift, historic and contemporary source materials on American gardening and its root sources; and presents relevant programming and exhibitions to the community. The Cherokee Garden Library is also the repository of the Georgia Historic Landscape Initiative Records. Catron manages the annual Cherokee Garden Library Research Fellowship, which supports graduate students’ research for the Georgia Historic Landscape Initiative. Catron holds a B.A. in history and Latin from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia; Primary Teacher Certification from the Association Montessori Internationale; and a Master of Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Catron has contributed to or served as curator for numerous exhibitions at the Atlanta History Center, including Pathways to the Past: Highlights from the Cherokee Garden Library Collection; Gone with the Girdle: Freedom, Restraint & Power in Women’s Dress; Women in Atlanta; Edward L. Daugherty, A Southern Landscape Architect; and Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens (on display April 25-December 31, 2018). Her articles and essays have been published in many magazines, newsletters, journals, and books, including Shaping the American Landscape: New Profiles from the Pioneers of American Landscape Design Project (University of Virginia Press, 2009), Warren H. Manning: Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner (University of Georgia Press in association with the Library for American Landscape History, 2017), Garden Gateways, and Magnolia: Publication of the Southern Garden History Society. In 2005, she co-authored the award-winning book entitled Women in Atlanta (Arcadia Press, 2005, 2007). Her most recent book is with co-author Mary Ann Eaddy, Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens, photographs by James R. Lockhart, published by University of Georgia Press (April 15, 2018). Catron is past president of the Southern Garden History Society, member of the Garden Club of Georgia’s Historic Landscape Preservation Committee, member of the Garden Club of Virginia’s Research Fellowship Committee (Richmond, VA), member of the Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden Advisory Committee (Charlotte, NC), member of the Georgia National Register of Historic Places Review Board, member of the Society of Georgia Archivists, member of the Southeastern Museum Conferences, and member of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. Catron is also a lifetime member of The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. In 2014, Catron was named as an Honorary Member of The Garden Club of America.. Staci Catron

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Dr. James DelPrince

Dr. Jim DelPrince is a Horticulture Specialist with the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center, Biloxi.  He has written numerous publications includingInterior Plantscaping: Principles and Practices(2012) and co-authored with Pat Scace, Missouri Botanical Garden,Principles of Floral Design(2015) the most popular floral design textbook in the nation.  With a team of 12 floral designers, he co-authored theAIFD Guide to Floral Design(2008), the country’s first reference manual in floristry.  His authorship extends to trade press (Flowers&,Flora) and scholarly journals(HortIM,Journal of NACAA,and Journal of Horticulture Research).  He has written book chapters inA Centennial History of the American Florist(1997) andTennessee Williams and Europe: Intercultural Encounters, Transatlantic Exchanges(2014).  An expert on 19thcentury floral design, he has presented his work at numerous museums (New Orleans Museum of Art, George Walter Vincent Smith, Springfield, Massachusetts) and historic homes. 

Jim is a Laureate Member of the American Institute of Floral Designers and was granted the AIFD Service to the Floral Industry award in 2016.  In tandem with his faculty appointment with Mississippi State University since 1996, DelPrince has taught floral design to over 6,000 students, professional florists and floral enthusiasts and served on two industry design teams (FloraCraft, Smithers-Oasis).
Dr. DelPrince delves into both the scientific and artistic world of flowers.  Research grants have enabled him to study and collect data on 19thcentury horticulture at Winterthur, Wilmington, Delaware and the Smithsonian Institution.  As an artist, he was the solo floral designer in seven performances of “Concerto for Florist” (Mark Applebaum, Stanford, University, composer) with performances in Mississippi, California and Oregon.  He has researched the flowers of Tennessee Williams plays and presented those findings at symposia in the US and France. 



Ms. Cindy Moran

A Lincensed landscape horticulturist, Ms. Moran is the former owner of a wholesale bedding plant nursey and greenhouse.   Having retired after 29 years in the buisness, she now owns a consulting firm, Colorwise.  A journalism graduate from LSU, she has lived and gardened in Baton Rouge since the 1960's.  Currently she is president of the Baton Rouge Garden club and the Louisiana Branch of the American Begonia Society, member of the Baton Rouge Lanscape Association and past recipient of the "Grower of the Year" award from the Louisiana Landscape Association of Nurserymen.

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Since 1983, when Heidi turned her love of plants into a commercial venture, she has dedicated her business life to propagating out-of-the-ordinary plants.  She owns Treesearch Farms, Inc., a wholesale grower specializing in plants for the upper Gulf Coast.  Its unique and unusual offerings include many types of natives, perennials, trees, shrubs, citrus, fruit trees, and habitat plants for birds and bees.  She is committed to education and works extensively with numerous organizations including Master Gardener Associations and schools.  She is a self-described “plant nut” who also loves her critters - cats, dogs and chickens!
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 Mr. Nicholas Staddon


Born in England, Nicolas received his crentials in Agricultural Science from Otley Agricultural College. He spent nearly three decades working at Monrovia Nursery, where he led their New Plant program for fifteen years. Currently he serves as a consultant to two major wholesale nurseries in the southern United States. He is proud to be professionally affiliated with the Royal Horticulture Society, the California Association of Nurserymen, and AmericanHort (American Landscape and Nursery Association).

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Mr.Chris Woods  

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The Film Five Seasons
After completing a feature documentary on New York’s High Line, award-winning filmmaker Thomas Piper met the inspirational designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and the idea for a new project was born. Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas. Intimate discussions take place through all four seasons in Piet’s own gardens at Hummelo, and on visits to his signature public works in New York, Chicago, and the Netherlands, as well as to the far-flung locations that inspire his genius, including desert wildflowers in West Texas and post-industrial forests in Pennsylvania. As a narrative thread, the film also follows Oudolf as he designs and installs a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and arts center in Southwest England, a garden he considers his best work yet. Piet Oudolf has radically redefined what gardens can be. As Rick Darke, the famous botanist, says to Piet in the film, “your work teaches us to see what what we have been unable to see.” Through poetic cinematography and unique access, Five Seasons reveals all that Piet sees, and celebrate all that we as viewers have been unable to see.





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