Speakers Series

Come listen to some of the foremost garden experts in our area and the Southeast! The Sacred Heart Garden Festival has welcomed many garden experts over the years, offering visitors how-to demonstrations as well as tips and tricks to add more splendor to their own gardens.

We invite you to learn from their wealth of knowledge and experience through educational seminars and interactive demonstrations on many garden-related topics.

Please scroll down for the speaker schedule.

Garden City Festival 2020 Speakers

Friday April 24
9:30 AM

William T. Smith, William T Smith Landscape Architect

Parterres to Parties, Elements of Garden Design
11:00 AM

Bill Patterson, Roses Unlimited
The Joy of Growing Roses

Saturday April 25
9:30 AM

Amy Sutter, White Hills Farm

TBA
11:00 AM

Emily Martin, Augusta Locally Grown

TBA

12:30 PM

Allen Johnson, Johnson's Bees & Supplies

Getting a Real Buzz: the Joys of Beekeeping

Friday April 24

William T. Smith, William T. Smith Landscape Architect

Parterres to Parties, Elements of Garden Design
Friday, April 24, 9:30 AM

Bill Smith is a Landscape Architect who specializes in residential garden design. He attended the University of Georgia, earning a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the School of Environmental Design. He is registered in the state of Georgia, is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and is principal of William T. Smith and Associates in Atlanta. His commissions include the Georgia Governor’s Mansion and residences throughout the Southeast, both large and small. Mr. Smith has lectured to many organizations including the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the University of Georgia and Callaway Gardens, and his gardens have appeared in several national publications. Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cherokee Garden Library in Atlanta. Additionally, his work has been listed among the Gardens of the Smithsonian Institution, under the auspices of the Garden Club of America, and his first Atlanta garden was seen on the nationally televised program “The Victory Garden.” His designs not only include landscape master plans, but also garden furnishings such as benches, planters and trellises…indeed whatever allows a garden to be truly individual for his clients. An avid gardener, he enjoys growing and experimenting with a variety of perennials and flowering shrubs in his own gardens in Atlanta, Georgia and Highlands, North Carolina.

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Bill Patterson, Roses Unlimited

The Joy of Growing Roses
Friday, April 24, 11:00 AM

Bill started growing roses {Jean Bach Sisley – old china rose} obtained from his great-grandmother’s garden while he was in grammar school & continued to add different classes of roses to his parents’ yard while in school. Through 4H, Bill continued to garden and study plants, exhibiting at county fairs. By high school graduation, he was enjoying over 1,000 rose bushes from 21 ARS rose classes. He joined Laurens Rose Society in the mid- 1970’s, later joining the American Rose Society with a life membership. Served as president of the Laurens Rose Society for 3 terms and rose show chairman for 8 years. Continued to grow roses while in college where Bill obtained a BS in Biology at Presbyterian College (1975) with graduate work at Clemson University (1976) in Ornamental Horticulture. Worked with family owned business during school and until 1996, {mined and processed vermiculite}, thus manufacturing a potting soil for the nursery industry. Through CU became a Master Gardener (1996) and because of dedicated rose growers became an ARS consulting rosarian (1996), accredited ARS horticulture judge (1998) and then an ARS arrangement judge (2000). Joined the Greenville Rose Society in 1995 and later served as president for 3 terms. Presented the ARS bronze medal in 2000. The love of roses turned from a hobby into a real business adventure in 1988 with the creation of Roses Unlimited, rosesunlimitedsc.com. The first year the company offered 21 “Best of the Best” own-root rose varieties to the rose growing world. From one greenhouse to nine, the company has continued to expand each year, offering more and more varieties. In 2018, our 30th anniversary, Roses Unlimited offered over 1200 different rose varieties and ship one-gallon own-root plants to 48 states. At Roses Unlimited, an annual seminar and other programs are given to local groups throughout the year. Bill was named Outstanding Horticulturist of Laurens County in 1995, joined the Ann Pamela Cunningham Garden Club in 1999, becoming a life member of the NGC (#8738), and the Garden Club of South Carolina, Inc. (#2643). The desire to expand his knowledge has allowed him to become an accredited National Garden Club judge (2002) & awarded the Garden Club of America “Jane Righter Rose Medal” (2012). He is a member of the Augusta Rose Society, Charleston Rose Society, Charlotte Rose Society, Greenville Rose Society, South Carolina Rose Society (president, 2007-2009). Served as Carolina District arrangement judges chairman; the Garden Club of SC, Inc. (past website coordinator); Iris Garden Club of Columbia (committee on horticulture, chairman); the Ann Pamela Cunningham of Laurens (committee on horticulture, chairman; 2006 flower show, chairman; yearbook committee, chairman; club president 2013-2019), (SCRS state fair rose show, chairman 2007-2019). Over the years, Bill has received: SCRS Bronze Medal (2011), Carolina District Silver Honor Medal (2007), ARS Master Rosarian (2007), Outstanding CR of Carolina District (2007), Carolina District Outstanding Judge Award (2016).

Saturday April 25

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Amy Sutter, White Hills Farm

TBA
Saturday, April 25, 9:30 AM

Amy and her husband, Patrick Sutter, are the proprietors, farmers and hosts at White Hills Farm. They moved to the Evans area in 2002 and became a part of the local foods movement and loved supporting local farmers. In April 2017 they took our passion for local food to a new level and purchased the farm. Amy and Patrick are still involved in the local food scene in addition to holding workshops and harvests at the farm. A Gift Shoppe is onsite featuring local products.

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Emily Martin, Augusta Locally Grown

TBA
Saturday, April 25, 11:00 AM

Emily is the Director of Programs at Augusta Locally Grown, a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing the LOCAL FOODS community throughout the Centeral Savannah River Area. The organization is commited to the idea that a community is healthiest when it feeds itself.

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Allen Johnson, Johnson's Bees and Supplies

Getting a Real Buzz: the Joys of Beekeeping
Saturday, April 25, 12:30 PM

Allen grew up gardening and farming; the outcome of which was to produce his family’s food supply. Every year from spring through the summer, efforts were made to freeze, pickling and canning were methods used for “putting food by”. We processed green beans, jams and jellies, as well as relishes made from tomatoes, cabbage, onions, and squash. As an adult with my own family, “putting food by” continued to be an important part of having food; and this is how I developed my strong passion for becoming a market gardener. While researching some of the major investments to Allen’s professional gardening plan, he realized he needed a hive or two of honey bees. In 2006, he took a beginner beekeeping course and purchased his first hive of honey bees to help pollinate the garden. The garden was tremendous that year, but what was even more exciting was that Allen found a new, even stronger passion. The next year, he split the overwintered hive and purchased several packages to increase the hive count. Allen became involved in the Aiken Beekeepers Association, helping to teach the beginner course and later becoming the President of the Association. Through the South Carolina Beekeepers Association, he has advanced to the Journeyman level in the Master Beekeeping Program. Over a decade later, Allen and his wife, Marie, became fulltime beekeepers and Johnson’s Bees and Supplies has been born.

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