Thursday, Sept. 26
6:00-8:00 pm - Presentation followed by Casual Conversation & Dinner
SCC Central Campus, Tracy J. Gaines Building Auditorium
(107 Community College Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303)
Community residents invited to attend
Spartanburg, S.C. - Spartanburg Community College will host the 2019 Arboretum Adventures event - Foodscape Revolution with Brie Arthur- at the College's Central Campus in Spartanburg on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Tracy J. Gaines Building auditorium.
The event features a dynamic presentation by horticulturalist and author Brie Arthur, vice president of Horticulture at Gardenuity, a lifestyle technology company redefining home gardens. Through her newest book, "Foodscape Revolution: Finding a Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden," Brie has fine-tuned her signature design technique of Foodscaping, a sustainable landscape practice that embraces beauty and bounty. Aiming to change the way landscapes are designed and managed, Brie encourages everyone to think outside the box.
"I'm on a mission to share practical advice about growing your favorite plants, so that everyone will have green thumb confidence. I believe that home gardening can transform and improve our communities, the environment and food sources," explains Arthur. "The Foodscape Revolution is a movement rooted in goodness. Grow the food you love in the space you already have. Foodscaping is simple: just incorporate your favorite fruits, herbs and veggies into the ornamental landscape. Planting, harvesting and watering have never been easier. Make the most of the land you have."
During the presentation Brie will share how learning to pair edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape increases bio-diversity and adds purpose to everyday spaces. She will explain easy strategies, including how to plant a bed edge to deter moles and voles. Attendees will enjoy the fast paced, informative presentation and leave inspired and ready to foodscape. Copies of Arthur's book, "The Foodscape Revolution: Finding a Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden," can be pre-ordered at the following link: Purchase-Brie-Arthur-Foodscape-Revolution-Book-Here
The presentation will be followed by conversation and a casual dinner. Tickets can be purchased online: Purchase-Arboretum-Adventure-Tickets-Here
Arboretum Adventures also includes a morning component for SCC students - Cultivating Conversations - which brings together horticulture industry professionals and SCC students to network and learn about trends in the profession. In addition to speaking at the evening event, Brie Arthur will also speak to SCC students at the morning event. Her presentation will include information on the Foodscape Revolution as well as "Horticulture: the Sky is the Limit." The program will be held in the Terhune Student Services Building, Commissioners' Dining room from 11:00 am-1:00 pm, which includes the presentation and lunch.
Brie Arthur grew up in southeastern Michigan and studied landscape design and horticulture at Purdue University. With over 20 years of experience as a grower and propagator, where she shares her knowledge and passion for gardening to communities around the world. She is vice president of horticulture for Gardenuity, a direct to consumer on-line gardening company, she uses plant knowledge and extensive grower network to reach consumers across the country. After her debut book, The Foodscape Revolution, became a best seller on Amazon, Arthur began sharing garden advice with audiences who were excited about the future of growing with ecological, economic and nutritional sensibilities. Her second book, Gardening with Grains, will be available for pre-order soon. In 2017, Arthur was awarded the first Emerging Professional distinction by the American Horticultural Society and was named in Grower Product News class of 2016 40 under 40. As the founder of Emergent: A Group For Growing Professionals, she encourages open dialogues and networking opportunities between seasoned professionals and rising green industry members. She currently serves as vice-president of the International Plant Propagators Society Southern Region and will serve as president in 2020. In addition, she serves on the board of directors for the North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation and served as GWA (Garden Writers of America) National Director of Region IV from 2015-2018, representing garden communicators across the southeast US. Arthur describes herself as a passionate leader in the foodscape movement - a model of community development that incorporates sustainable, local food production. She speaks on a variety of horticulture topics around the US, and appeared as a correspondent on the PBS television show, Growing A Greener World.
Sponsors of the 2019 Arboretum Adventures include:
Delaine & Blaine Childress
Julia B. Burnett
Betty & Walter Montgomery
Paula & Stan Baker
Dr. Lawrence Roel
Susu & George Johnson, Jr.
Lilly & Mike Kohler
Anne & Larry Flynn
Mary Helen & Gerald Smith
The Oops Co.!
Linda K. Cobb, Master Gardener
The Noble Tree Foundation
Roebuck Wholesale Nursery and Landscaping, Inc.
The Spartanburg Men's Garden Club
Piedmont Farm & Garden
Arboretum Adventures began in 2009 when the SCC Foundation and the SCC horticulture department partnered to raise funds for the college's Arboretum and scholarship funds for horticulture students. Each year this event features different destination themes as presented by guest speakers, and is a welcomed educational event for SCC students and garden savvy community residents. Past events have been headlined by presentations from well-known horticulture experts, SCC horticulture faculty as well as an SCC student who shared his summer experiences at Great Dixter in Northiam, United Kingdom. In 2013, the event was expanded to include a morning component known as Cultivating Conversations, which brings SCC students and industry professionals together for educational and networking opportunities.
Photos are available for download at the following link: www.flickr.com/2019-Arboretum-Adventures