Southern Garden Symposium   St. Francisville, Louisiana    October 18 & 19, 2019

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Trish  Ms. Trish Aleshire
Upon graduating from LSU in Horticulture Trish began her career managing nurseries in Forest Hill and Baton Rouge, La. She then designed and administered estate gardens at White Oak and Bittersweet Plantations for famed chef John Folse. Since 2002 Trish Aleshire has served as Horticulturist and Manager of Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site. She is a member of the Heritage Rose Society.
Paige Bio pic 2017  Ms. Paige Canfield
After graduating from Hollins College, Paige Canfield moved to Washington, DC to work on Capitol Hill in the municipal bond industry.  However, in 2003, following a floral internship at The Blair house, this self-described “interior decorator for your table” started Sumner B. Designs, a niche floral studio specializing in fresh flower design for small events with a strong focus on floral lectures and demonstrations.  For the past six years, in addition to her fresh flower work, Paige has focused on writing and lecturing on a myriad of floral topics.


Mr. Rick Darke
Rick Darke heads RICK DARKE LLC, a Pennsylvania-based consulting firm focused on landscape ethics, contextual design and photography. Darke’s work blends art, ecological science, and cultural geography in the design and management of living landscapes. His many books include The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest, The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden co-authored with Doug Tallamy and Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes co-authored with Piet Oudolf.


 Fontenot KathrynKiki2010DSCF5238 Dr. Kiki Fontenot
Dr. Kathryn Fontenot “Kiki” is employed by the LSU AgCenter’s as an associate professor in the School of Plant, Environmental  and Soil Sciences. She has an extension and research focus in vegetable production. Kiki works with school teachers, home gardeners and commercial vegetable producers to increase yields in gardens of varying sizes. She was awarded the 2016 John E. Hutchison Extension Award for Young Professionals given by the Southern Region American Society for Horticultural Science and her publication Growing Herbs in the School Garden won the 2016 American Society for Horticultural Science Extension Division Education Materials Award.  Kiki is a regular contributor to Louisiana Gardener Magazine and is the author of The Louisiana Urban Gardener: A Beginners Guide to Growing Vegetables and Herbs published by LSU Press. She is a native of Fort Worth Texas but currently resides and gardens with her husband and two children in St. Gabriel, Louisiana.

Mr. William Fontenot
Since 1986 Bill Fontenot has dedicated his career in biology to restoring ecological integrity in lands, from the smallest urban gardens to the largest wildlife management areas. He began his career with Lafayette Parish Consolidated Government, working first as an ecological consultant, then as Curator of Natural Sciences at the Lafayette Natural History Museum, then as manager of the Acadiana Park Nature Station, where he retired in 2008.  Since 1987 he has also operated his own wildlife management, ecological restoration consulting business, specializing in native plant production, ecological assessment, biological inventory, land-use planning, and wildlife-friendly native plant-oriented landscape planning.   He has authored or coauthored a number of books and publications including Native Gardening in the South, Gulf Coast Birds (with Brian Miller), Wings Over The Wetlands, and Watching a Forest Grow.   His honors include the Louisiana Wildlife Federation’s Professional Conservationist of the Year award, the Louisiana Ornithological Society's President's Award, and Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence from The Cullowhee Gardening with Native Plants Conference.

 dan gill  Mr. Dan Gill
An Associate Professor in Consumer Horticulture with the LSU AgCenter, Dan is the spokesman for the AgCenter’s Get it Growing Project, a statewide educational effort in home horticulture.  From 1980 to 2001 he was an extension horticulturist in New Orleans.  Dan is author of Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana and co-author of the Louisiana Gardener’s Guide, Month-by-Month Gardening in Texas and Texas Gardener’s Resource. His “Only in Louisiana” column appears monthly in the Louisiana Gardener Magazine, and his articles have also appeared nationally in Fine Gardening Magazine.


 Mr. Greg Grant
An award winning horticulturalist, writer, and conservationist, Greg  Grant is the Smith County horticulturist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Tyler, Texas. He has previous experience as a horticulturist with SFA Gardens, Mercer Arboretum, and San Antonio Botanical Gardens, an instructor at Stephen F. Austin and Louisiana State Universities, director of research and development at Lone Star Growers, and with the famed Antique Rose Emporium. During his career, Greg has introduced a number of successful plants to the Southern nursery trade.  He has received the Superior Service Award by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Lynn Lowery Memorial Award by the Native Plant Society of Texas for horticultural achievement in the field of Texas native plants, and the Lone Star Land Steward Award by Texas Parks and Wildlife. Greg and his wife live in the Pineywoods of Deep East Texas in his grandparents’ old farmhouse, where they tend a small cottage garden, his Rebel Eloy Emanis Pine Savanna and Bird Sanctuary, fifty chickens, four terriers, and two cats.

 Ms. Peggy Martin
Peggy Rose Martin has been growing roses in her native Louisiana for over forty years.  Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the survival of a single rose led not only to Peggy’s recovery, but to the recovery and restoration of gardens across the gulf coast.  Peggy is a member of the American Rose Society and has served as vice president and treasurer of the Heritage Rose Foundation.  She currently serves as president of the New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society.
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Mr. Nicholas Staddon
Born in England, Nicholas attended Otley Agricultural College where he received his credentials in Agricultural Science. He spent nearly three decades working at Monrovia Nursery, where he led their New Plant program for 15 years.  Currently he serves as a consultant to two major wholesale nurseries in the southern United States.  He is proud to be professionally affiliated with the Royal Horticulture Society, the California Association of Nurserymen, and AmericanHort (formally the American Landscape  and Nursery Association).

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Dr. Doug Tallamy
Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware.  His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014.  Doug is a Lifetime Honorary Director of Wild Ones and among other awards, has received the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation.

Mr. Daniel Wilcox
A graduate of the University of South Alabama, Daniel began his career as park ranger at Fort Gaines Historic Site on Dauphin Island, Alabama.  He subsequently worked at several State Historic Sites in Louisiana and has served as Curator at Audubon State Historic Site since 1993.

Ms. Andrea Wulf
Andrea Wulf is an award-winning and bestselling author of several books including the ‘Founding Gardeners’ and the ‘Brother Gardeners’ (which won the American Horticultural Society 2010 Book Award). Her most recent book ‘The Invention of Nature’ has received numerous literary awards, including the Royal Society Science Book Prize and the LA Times Book Prize. She has written for many newspapers, among them Atlantic Monthly, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

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