21st Conference on Restoring Southern Gardens & Landscapes
Gardening in a Golden Age
Gardening in a Golden Age
Southern Gardens & Landscapes
of the early 20th Century
and the Challenges to their Preservation
CONFERENCE BROCHURE (PDF)
About the conference:
Old Salem Museums & Gardens has served as the setting for the biennial Conference on Restoring Southern Gardens and Landscapes since the conference was founded in 1979.
The conference’s mission is to promote and discuss historical horticulture, garden history, and landscape restoration in the Southern states. The program presents topics of interest to the professional and layman alike and provides participants an opportunity to learn and share information about this field in the South.
Continuing Education Credits available:
- NC Board of Landscape Architects (check with NCBLA for revised schedule)
- Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (check with agent)
~ Conference is sold out ~
Thursday Keynote tickets at the door
Thursday evening Flora Ann Bynum Keynote Lecture,
tickets and information HERE.
Sam Watters, Independent Scholar, will present
Picturing the American Garden: Photography and Restoration with Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1900-1930
Friday, September 22
Session II: Early Twentieth-Century Design
James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium, Old Salem Visitor Center
Gardeners and garden historians alike look back on the early 20th century as a “golden age” — one of unprecedented garden-making in America, and an era since unequaled. Explore this remarkable period with noted scholars, including two lectures focused on the contributions of important landscape architects commissioned to design estates, private gardens, subdivisions, institutional grounds, and municipal parks in Winston-Salem, then the largest and wealthiest city in North Carolina.
7:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. Registration and Book Sales
8:30 – 10:20 a.m. Lectures:
Virginia Grace Tuttle, Associate Curator, National Gallery of Art, retired
‘I Hear Much Talk of the Soil These Days’: Garden Art and Writing in America in the Early 20th Century
Staci Catron, Director, Cherokee Garden Library, Atlanta History Center
and Mary Ann Eaddy, Historic Preservationist
Seeking Eden: Early 20th-Century Designed Gardens in Georgia
Dreck Spurlock Wilson, ASLA, NOMA, President, Landscape Consortium, Ltd.
David Williston: The First Negro Landscape Architect and Six Degrees of Separation
10:20 a.m. Break and Book Signings
10:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Lectures:
Camilla Wilcox, Curator of Education, Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University, retired
Foundations of 20th-Century Landscape Design in Winston-Salem
Laura Phillips, Architectural Historian
Mrs. Shipman Comes to Town: The Work of Ellen Biddle Shipman in Winston-Salem, NC
Jean Sherrill, Past President, Twin City Garden Club
Greetings from Winston-Salem’s oldest garden club
12:20 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Book Signings