Wednesday, September 21, 12:45 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Thalhimer Theater
Ticket $35

Viewing Seeds, Flowers and Trees Through the Camera’s Eye

According to his website, “Robert Llewellyn, Bob to his friends, knew from the very first time he started porting an old Nikon camera around his high school in southern Virginia that all he wanted to do was to take pictures. He left his engineering studies at the University of Virginia a little early and headed out to California to learn under famous photographer Imogen Cunningham in Eureka in 1968 for that very reason.”

An award-winning photographer for over 40 years, Llewellyn has compiled a body of work that is central to numerous publications, including Washington, The Capitol, Empires in the Forest, Albemarle, Remarkable Trees of Virginia, Seeing Flowers, Seeing Seeds, Seeing Trees, and The Living Forest. Leatherbound copies of Washington: The Capitol, became the official White House gift to visiting dignitaries in the Reagan White House.

Remarkable Trees of Virginia proved a turning point. According to Llewellyn, “I had always thought trees were an element of the landscape, a shape, a color. Nancy (Hugo) began to explain each aspect of the trees to me and a light bulb went off. They’re alive. They’re born and they die and it’s all very well planned.”

Bob and his wife, Bobbi, live in Earlysville, VA. To learn more about Robert Llewellyn and his work, visit

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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