CLEMSON – Searching for a way to escape winter? Come in out of the cold and join South Carolina Botanical Garden staff and guests for the 2018 Winter Lecture Series.

Kay Parris is one southern magnolia plant Clemson professor Bob Polomski is going to study during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse to see if any changes occur.

Magnolia grandiflora “Kay Parris” is an upright, columnar southern magnolia that bears six-inch wide fragrant flowers and grows up to 25-30 ft. tall and 10 to 12 ft. wide after 15 years.
Image Credit: Kevin Parris/Spartanburg Community College

This year’s series boasts a lineup of artists and authors whose diverse, multidisciplinary work spans gardening, landscape design, hybridization, sustainability and more. This robust series is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday from Feb. 24 to March 17 in the Botanical Garden’s Hayden Conference Center, 150 Discovery Lane, Clemson, SC 29634. Cost is $25 per session, or $90 for the entire series. Friends of the Garden members get a 10 percent discount.

“We are very excited about our lineup of speakers for this year,” said Sue Watts, educational program coordinator. “We have a diverse list of speakers who will talk about topics ranging from making a good garden to hybridization of magnolias to recycling and composting with mushrooms, and more.”

The schedule and speakers for this year’s Winter Lecture Series are:

Feb. 24 – Marian St.Clair, garden writer, Making Good Gardens Gathering Ideas & Inspiration from All the Right Places.

Steve Bender, Southern Living editor, The Grumpy Gardener: An A-Z Guide From the Galaxy’s Most Irritable Green Thumb.

March 3 — Kevin Parris, arboretum director, Spartanburg Community College, These Ain’t Your Mama’s Magnolias: Interspecific Hybridization of Magnolias.

Jon Fritz, Bluestem Landscape Design, Beyond the Bloom: Native Perennials for Form and Function.

March 10 —  Mark Weathington, director, J.C. Raulston Arboretum, Gardening in the South: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide.

Ted Stephens, Nurseries Caroliniana, Landscaping with Members of the Lily Family.

March 17 — Rick Huffman,Earth Design, Understanding the Human Role on our Planet: Sustainability, Native Plants and Applied Ecology.

Joel Myers, Mushroom Mountain, Recycling and Composing with Mushrooms

For information about this lecture series, contact Sue Watts at or 864-656-2836.