3rd Annual Tubbs Lecture: Fred Spicer, Sunday, April 23, 2017
After a sold out 2016 lecture with Bennett Saunders of Saunders Brothers Nursery on "Growing Beautiful Boxwood", we are pleased to announce the date for the 3rd Annual Tubbs Lecture, Spring, 2017.
Sunday, April 23, 2017 with Fred Spicer "Why do we Botanize?" – A Practical Look at Modern Day Plant Exploration,” by Fred Spicer
Today’s gardens are more global than ever. We can get virtually any plant, from virtually anywhere, in a with just a few clicks of the mouse.
So, what’s the point of looking for more?
In his presentation, Fred Spicer takes a look at modern day at plant exploration, or botanizing, which has important implications for plant and habitat conservation as well as commercial horticulture.
Recently, Mr. Spicer was appointed Executive Vice President and Director of the Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers.
Previously Mr. Spicer served as CEO of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Alabama for over 15 years. And our Friends at Willowwood will remember him as Manager of Horticulture for the Morris County (NJ) Park Commission where he oversaw the Willowwood and Frelinghuysen Arboreta.
A graduate of the Landscape Architecture program at Cook College, Rutgers University, Fred was also an adjunct instructor with the Rutgers Department of Continuing Professional Education for more than 15 years, teaching in their well-known Short Course curriculum and Home Gardener's Schools.
The Tubbs Lecture is presented annually at Willowwood Arboretum to honor the memory of Henry and Robert Tubbs. The Tubbs brothers were passionate about plants. They purchased the property that would become Willowwood Arboretum in 1908. Over the next 50 years, their dedication transformed these 120+ acres into a horticultural showcase containing over 2,000 species of native and exotic plants. Since 1980, the Willowwood Arboretum has been under the care of the Morris County Park Commission. This lecture is presented, in partnership with the Willowwood Foundation, to highlight the work of modern day botanists, horticulturists and plant lovers, who continue to move the field of horticulture forward through their passion and dedication.
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