Upcoming GPPA Speaker Meeting
*** No Meeting In December ***
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Atlanta History Center
Horticulturist & Research Associate
West Tennessee Agricutural Research & Education Center
"Turning Trash to Treasure, and Adding a Touch of Whimsy to Your Garden"
Jason is known for his use of what many would consider "trash" at the University of Tennessee Gardens in Jackson. Working with limited funds, he has found inventive ways to bring whimsy into the Gardens, which draw thousands of visitors throughout the summer. When used in the right context, old satellite dishes and bicycles, cook stoves and bedsprings can make an unusual but surprisingly tasteful addition to any garden. In 2014 and 2015 Jason used over 6000 recycled glass bottle in the garden. Come see how Jason uses "trash" to create gardens filled with imaginative art that sets off the show stopping plant collections in the UT Gardens.
Jason grew up on a farm in western TN. He received his Masterâ€™s degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from UT Knoxville. He has worked at the Opryland Conservatories in Nashville, Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis and Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. He has also worked as a horticulturist in New Zealand. Since 2002, Jason has been employed as the UT Gardens research horticulturist and is located at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson.
Jason has taken on many projects at the UT Gardens including planting hundreds of trees and conifers, creating a Certified Tennessee Arboretum and a Southeastern Regional Conifer Display Garden. His colorful plant combinations and unique garden art, made by recycling everyday objects, draws several thousand people to the center's annual lawn and garden show, Summer Celebration. Each fall, Jason creates an elaborate fall display at the center using more than 5,000 pumpkins, gourds and winter squash comprising over 90 varieties he grows each year. He is a contributing editor to Fine Gardening magazine and leads numerous domestic and international garden tours. In 2010, he toured a group through South Africa and in December he will host a tour to New Zealand.
For more information on the gardens and events go to http://west.tennessee.edu/ornamentals/.