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Horticulturist Jason Reeves to present lecture on April 21

From Staff Reports

Horticulturist Jason Reeves will present  “Excellent Plants for Shade Gardens” on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m., at the Johnson City Power Board Auditorium, 2600 Boones Creek Road (Hwy 354,) Johnson City.  

With beautiful photography, Reeves will display an exuberant array of shade plants, focusing on colorful foliage, both evergreen and deciduous, while also highlighting flowers that  bloom in the shade.

Reeves is noted for his plant knowledge, creative designs and engaging style. A contributing editor to Fine Gardening magazine, Reeves currently serves as the research horticulturist and curator of the UT Gardens-Jackson, located on the grounds of the West Tennessee Ag Research and Education Center. There, he creates the various seasonal horticultural displays, conducts research on herbaceous and woody ornamentals, and has spearheaded many projects, including the creation of a Certified Tennessee Arboretum and the development of a Southeastern Regional Conifer Display Garden.

His colorful plant combinations and unique garden art, made by recycling everyday objects, draw thousands of people to the research center’s annual Summer Celebration, voted a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society. In the fall Jason creates an elaborate fall display at the center using more than 5,000 pumpkins, gourds and winter squash comprising over 90 varieties he grows each year. Reeves is much in demand as a speaker and leads numerous domestic and international garden tours.

A native of west Tennessee, Reeves received his Master’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Before coming to the UT Gardens, he worked at the Opryland Conservatories, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the famed Longwood Gardens. He has also worked as a horticulturist at the Palomia Gardens in New Zealand.

Sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Plant Society, this program is free and the public is invited. For more information, call 348-6572 or email [email protected]