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Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Jon Roethling—Looking to the Future: Native Initiatives for Reynolda Gardens

(7 p.m.--please join us earlier to say hello)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

(Jon Roethling)

(Trilliums at Reynolda Gardens in Winston-Salem, by Jon Roethling)

Jon Roethling, director of Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University, shares future plans for native focused initiatives at the century old gardens in Winston Salem, once part of the the home of business magnate R. J. Reynolds. (

With 129 acres open to the public, the nature trails and gardens have long been an attraction for area residents.  Several years ago a meadow project was begun, increasing the planting area for natives. The Gardens also include many other areas of native plants, and native plant sales are offered.  Plans for invasive eradication are included in future endeavors.

Roethling has an extensive background in public horticulture and landscaping spanning nearly 30 years. At High Point University, where he was curator of the Mariana Qubein Botanical Gardens, he guided the establishment of several important plant collections, developed new garden spaces and led the renovation of nearly all existing campus gardens. Prior to his position there, Roethling was a research technician and horticulture assistant for several years at the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University, his alma mater. He credits his time there as central to igniting his passion for public horticulture, and for establishing his extensive network of professional relationships in the field.

Join us Wednesday, May 1st 7 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410 (phone 336-373-2923). All are welcome, though of course we hope you’ll be inspired to join the NCNPS and support efforts to plant more natives and wildlife habitat!

Attendees often arrive a little early to chat and check out door prizes or books. We don’t always have these, but often do. Feel free to bring a native plant to share or save it for fundraisers at the spring and fall outings, or our annual picnic in June. Funds raised support native plant research mini-grants or scholarships to attend the wonderful Cullowhee Native Plant Conference in July.

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