Plantsman Jenks Farmer discusses designing and curating living collections at public gardens, including South Carolina’s Riverbanks Botanical Gardens, gardens of Historic Columbia and recently at a CFFL agricultural college in Haiti.
Great collections grow from strong personal vision, and Jenks will discuss how memory, history, and what he has learned from his deeply-rooted connections with country gardeners throughout the South have inspired his work as a gardener and a collector.
At 5:00 there is a reception and signing of Jenks’ recently released book, Deep Rooted Wisdom: Stories and Skills from Generations of Gardeners. The arboretum grounds will be open for strolling. Lecture begins at 6:00.
$20; members $16. Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200
About Jenks Farmer: Augustus Jenkins Farmer (aka Jenks) started gardening in the third grade in a corner of the family farm filled with rocks, scrap metal, and crinum and Southern magnolias. Thirty years later, he continues to garden this way in his own gardens in Columbia and Beech Island, South Carolina. Jenks is the past director of South Carolina’s two major botanical gardens, and lectures and writes extensively.