20th Conference on Restoring Southern Gardens & Landscapes

A Conference for the Southern States




Learning from the Past. Planting for the Future.

RSGL MELCHERS GARDEN - Rose Arbor in SpringThe Artist’s Garden, Belmont rose arbor in spring
Collection of Gari Melcher’s Home & Studio


RSGL ANNE SPENCER AND HUSBAND & GRANDCHILDREN IN GARDENHarlem Renaissance Poet Anne Spencer in her garden with husband Edward and grandchildren, 1920s
Collection of Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum


RSGL Old Timey-Blue-collard (2)Old Timey-Blue-Collard
Collection of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

Area Accommodations
in Winston-Salem and within a few blocks of Old Salem Museums and Gardens:

Brookstown Inn
(To receive conference rates indicate that you are attending the Old Salem Landscape Conference)
200 Brookstown Avenue
336-725-1120      800-845-4262

Hawthorne Inn
(To receive conference rates indicate that you are attending the Old Salem Landscape Conference)
420 High Street
336-777-3000      800-972-3774

Augustus T. Zevely Inn
803 S. Main Street
336-748-9299      800-928-9299

Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown
125 S Main Street

20th Conference on Restoring Southern Gardens & LandscapesOctober 1 – 3, 2015

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 has always been to 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.

The 20th Conference, to be held October 1 – 3, 2015, will recognize several major themes in southern landscape restoration that have gained attention and momentum in the years since the conference’s initiation.

All sessions will take place in the Old Salem Visitor Center and at the St. Philips Heritage Center.

Thursday, October 1

  • 1:30 p.m.     Session I: Seed Saving and Heirloom Gardening
  • 6:30 p.m.     Conference Dinner and Keynote Lecture
    Celebrating the conference’s founding and its impact on the field of southern landscape restoration

Friday, October 2

  • 9:00 a.m.     Session II: Pen, Brush and Lens: Art in the Garden
  • Conference Lunch
  • Free time in the Old Salem Gardens & Museum
  • 2:30 p.m.     Session III: The African American Landscape and Garden
  • Conference Supper on the Grounds of historic St. Philips Moravian Church

Saturday, October 3

  • 9:30 a.m.     Session IV: Restoring the Early Twentieth-Century Southern Landscape
  • Conference Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m.     Exhibition Viewing: The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920 (Reynolda House Museum of American Art)

Key speakers for the conference and above sessions include: Peggy Cornett, Curator of Plants, Monticello;  Ira Wallace, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange; Suzanne Turner, Landscape Architect; Michael Twitty, Culinary Historian of African and African American Foodways; Matthew Raiford, Chefarmer, Brunswick, Georgia; Judith Tankard, Landscape Historian; Johanna Brown, Director of Collections, Old Salem; and others.

For information, please contact Sally Gant at sgant@oldsalem.org  /  336-721-7361

Conference Co-Sponsors

Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Southern Garden History Society