4th Tubbs Lecture April 29, 2018: Dr. Allan Armitage

The Willowwood Foundation in partnership with the Morris County Park Commission is delighted to present the 4th Annual Tubbs Lecturer, Dr. Allan Armitage, on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 1:30 pm at the Stone Barn, Willowwood Arboretum. Ticket information will be provided in March, 2018.

Attendees will experience his sharp wit and bottomless curiosity and learn the backstory behind the plant names “hookers’ lips” and “hairy balls,” along with other favorites including, “bachelor’s buttons,” “boneset,” and “bouncing bet” as related in his new book "Of Naked Ladies and Forget-Me-Nots".

He spins yarns about the mistaken myth of carrots improving eyesight and how a voodoo lily almost canceled a marriage. Bits and bobs of world history pepper the pages, including plants’ involvement in World Wars I and II, indigo’s role in colonial America, and Queen Anne’s legacy that lives on in a simple roadside wildflower. Helen of Troy, Achilles, and Queen Elizabeth all make appearances among the 95 stories included in the book.

Dr. Allan Armitage is well known as an award-winning writer, speaker, and researcher throughout the world. In addition to 15 books, he’s written hundreds of academic and industry papers, as well as a unique monthly column for “Greenhouse Grower” for over 30 years. No column has ever been repeated! He is an Emeritus Professor of Horticulture at the University of Georgia (retired 2014). His app for smartphones and tablets, “Armitage’s Greatest Perennials & Annuals,” serves as a bridge between industry and consumer and is popular for home gardeners and industry professionals alike. He holds academic degrees from McGill University, Canada, University of Guelph, Canada and Michigan State University, USA. Allan has introduced over 20 plants to the gardening community, including best-sellers Verbena 'Homestead Purple’ and ‘Margarita’ ornamental sweet potato. He’s an invited lecturer in Canada, the United States, Portugal, Colombia, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe and is in constant demand. He has visited research and production centers throughout the world and studies annuals, perennials, cut flowers, and greenhouse crops in various climates.

Date: 
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 1:30pm