Wednesday, September 21, 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Forum Room
Free of charge, limited seating

Reshaping Your Approach to Boxwood Management

Matthew Borden, DPM, (Matt) is a plant pathologist at the Bartlett Tree Experts Research Laboratories in Charlotte, NC. He studies tree and shrub diseases and disorders, with practical experience in orchard and botanical garden management, plant problem diagnostics, and plant health writing. He gained a deep appreciation for integrated pest management while at Virginia Tech, followed by studies in landscape health and sustainable management strategies at the University of Florida.

Love it or hate it, folks often have strong feelings about their boxwood. Explore some of the culture and history of boxwood use, followed by management tips in the era of boxwood blight. Learning how to recognize key boxwood problems is an important first step, but deciding what a plant’s value is to you and how to manage boxwood successfully may be the more difficult task. Will boxwoods, long symbolic of immortality, prove to be mere mortals?

Judged Exhibits



Artistic Design

Events & Activities

Dr. Matthew Borden

Plant pathologist at the Bartlett Tree Experts Research Laboratories in Charlotte, NC.

Sherryl Belinsky

Award-winning photographer focuses on flowers in the garden.

Bryan F. Peterson

Award winning photographer, author and co-founder of The Bryan Peterson School of Photography.

Emilie Carter, ASLA

Landscape architect with Phyto Studio who focuses on creating ecologically-functional landscapes.

Shaun Spencer-Hester

Executive director and curator of the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum

“Mix it Up” Cocktail Party

Botanical-inspired adult beverages surrounded by blooms of the late-season garden.

Robert Llewellyn

Award-winning photographer introduces the world of micro-photography.

Thomas Woltz, FASLA

Acclaimed landscape architect addresses social and ecological sustainability in designed landscapes.

Francoise Weeks

Innovative haute couture creations and woodland designs made with foraged plant materials and flowers.


Day One

Day One of the Symposium features presentations by acclaimed artistic designer Francoise Weeks, landscape architect Emilie Carter, ASLA, of Phyto Studio, and pre-recorded presentations by photographers Sherryl Belinsky and Bryan F. Peterson. Spectacular artistic design, horticulture and photography exhibits take center stage upon conclusion of judging, and a botanical cocktail mixology event provides a perfect ending to the day.

  • September 20, Tuesday
  • 11 a.m to 7 p.m

Day Two

Day Two events include presentations and discussions by landscape architect Thomas Woltz, FASLA, plant pathologist Matthew Borden, DPM, of Bartlett Tree Experts, Director and Curator of the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum Shaun Spencer-Hester and photographer Robert Llewellyn. Visitors will also have another opportunity to view the artistic design, horticulture and photography exhibits.

  • September 21, Wednesday
  • 9:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m

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