Inaugural Event for the Marion Deane Drummond Lecture Series
- $ 35.00 $ 35.00
Saturday, September 22
10am - 2pm
On Saturday, September 22nd, the series will launch in true Marion style! Sponsored by the Spring Hill Garden Club, this day will be filled with wonderful speakers and fabulous food by Georgia Roussos Catering. Dr. Brian Axsmith will speak in the morning and Dr. Dave Creech will round out the afternoon. Lunch and a special mid-afternoon dessert reception will allow for gracious time to visit with Marion’s friends and family from Baton Rouge and beyond who will make their way to Mobile joining us for what will surely be a wonderful day.
About Dr. Dave Creech
Dr. Creech is semi-retired and currently directs Stephen F. Austin Gardens, a 68-acre on campus horticultural resource. Over his career, his teaching responsibilities included a wide array of courses including fruit and vegetable production, greenhouse management, nursery management, landscape plant materials, plant propagation, computer-assisted design, and public garden management. His research effort has focused on blueberry germplasm evaluation and horticultural studies, alternative crop/alternative technology work, crop nutrition studies, new plant introductions for the ornamental horticulture industry, endangered plant rescue, research and reintroduction, and finding sustainable solutions to environmental concerns. As an outreach of his position, Dr. Creech has accumulated a long list of international consultancies since 1981 to Pakistan, Guatemala, Mexico, Nepal, Israel and China. His latest work in China focuses on Taxodium (baldcypress studies), nursery production and blueberry potential.
About Dr. Brian Axsmith
My interest in fossil plants (Paleobotany) is driven by my belief that many of the important questions in vascular plant evolution require paleobotanical answers. My research focus at this time involves fossil plants from the Pliocene (~ 3 million years ago) Citronelle Formation in Mobile and Baldwin counties, Alabama. Because the Pliocene record in North America is poor and this was a time of extreme global warmth, the local fossils are particularly significant.
If only you knew Marion!
Marion didn’t just collect plants in her garden. She collected people. Her gardens were a collection of people from all around the country and the world, people who knew plants, people who loved plants. Sometimes they left plants, and so her garden was always a library of flowers that all of us envied -- something here from the famous Texas plant hunter Lynn Lowrey, something over there from North Carolina’s J.C. Raulston, and a huge collection of plants that explorers she knew brought back from expeditions to China.
Marion’s genius as a gardener was discovering ways to lure and learn from the best minds in the business. That’s how she ran the show at Mobile Botanical Gardens. And it’s in that spirit that we’re inaugurating the Marion Drummond Lecture Series, as a way to once again lure the best minds in the business to Mobile, to help us all learn more about gardening. - Bill Finch
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