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


David Williston,
Collection of Howard University Moorland-Spingarn Research Center


Governors Mansion
James R. Lockhart, Photographer

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 Co-Sponsors:


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Conference Supporters:

Salem Academy and College

Garden Club Council of Winston-Salem

Twin City Garden Club

Club of Twenty Gardens

Spade & Trowel Garden Club

J A L A, Jeff Allen Landscape Architecture, LLC

Institute of Classical Architecture & Art,
North Carolina Chapter

Triad Trolleys of Triad Eco Adventures


“Municipal Iris Gardens, Winston-Salem, NC” Runnymede Park; Private Collection
Published by J.B. Armstrong News Agency, W-S, NC.





21st Conference on Restoring Southern Gardens & LandscapesSeptember 21—23, 2017Winston-Salem, North Carolina

~ 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.

Friday morning:
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


Garden of Ralph and DeWitt Chatham Hanes, design by Ellen Biddle Shipman; Photograph by Frank Jones, 1939, Forsyth County Public Library Photograph Collection