Thursday, June 19
Join us as Rita Randolph, nationally recognized garden writer and speaker, describes her 35 years in the greenhouse business, shares her vast knowledge of cultivating and arranging rare and interesting plants, and reveals some of her favorite flowering shrubs for the area…including the intriguing family of hydrangeas!
Rita Randolph is a life-long horticulturist, photographer and published author. She wrote the Fine Gardening ‘Container Gardening’ Special Issue in 2009, which sold out, and published her own book, A History of Horticulture. (Along with her husband, she owned Randolph’s Greenhouses for 35 years, started by her parents over 70 yrs ago. The business closed in fall 2012, but Rita plans to start a mail order company, Rita’s Rare Plants.) She now spends much of her time consulting, writing, speaking and traveling. Her presentations are enjoyed across the country, as she enthusiastically shares her knowledge and creative arrangements. She has presented to botanical gardens, horticultural societies and conferences for many years and was recently presented The Sterling Award as one of the top 20 influential women in west Tennessee for her educational works.