Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Gardens and Tonic: The Pleasure, Pain and Peril of Plant Collecting, Near and Far

May 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Grab your favorite beverage and join us virtually with Greg Paige, the Director of Horticulture & Curator for the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory Arboretum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Some of you may also remember when he worked at the Scott Arboretum many moons ago! Greg’s job takes him on fascinating and terrifying journeys to collect plants to study and grow. Join us to learn from him first hand what these experiences are like, and get your questions ready for this true plant adventurer!

Gardens and Tonic is a weekly question and answer virtual session with horticulture professionals. Join Julie Jenney from the Scott Arboretum and a featured horticulture professional each week on Thursdays at 4 pm for gardening questions, adventures, and discussion! Participants may be asked to submit photos related to their garden question before the session. Registration is free but required as sessions are limited to 25. Participants must have Zoom downloaded on their computer and be comfortable using it. Grab your favorite beverage and join us for what we know will be lively discussions!

Registration is required and limited to 25 people to allow for conversation. Registrants will receive an email with a zoom link to participate.


More about Greg Paige:

Greg discovered his career goal early – creating and working in beautiful public gardens and sharing and teaching this passion with others. Prior to joining the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory as Director of Horticulture and Arboretum Curator in 2005, his 25-year career in public horticulture involved work at some of the finest gardens in the country: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, North Carolina; the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina; the Holden Arboretum outside Cleveland, Ohio; and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

More about Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories and Arboretum:

Through the rolling 350 acres of property in Charlotte, North Carolina you will discover an incredible and diverse collection of plants, gardens, and research grounds that is the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory and Arboretum. With over 20,000 accessioned plants, a few of the Arboretum highlights include one of the best collections of oak and conifer on the east coast, the biggest collection of magnolias in the country as well as extensive collections of holly, elm, crape myrtle, crabapple, maple, rhododendron, along with numerous display gardens. In addition to the collections and research areas, there are several ponds, natural areas, and a woodland to provide a home for a variety of wildlife.  

The Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories and Arboretum is actively developed, curated, and managed to support learning, discovery, research, and training – and to serve as a resource and support arm to the employees and customers of The Bartlett Tree Expert Company. The Arboretum seeks to contribute to and showcase a wide range of plants as well as set an example of a sustainable, enjoyable, and thought provoking living museum. In addition, working alongside and partnering with the public horticulture community and green industry is a crucial component to the mission of the Arboretum.


May 21
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Virtual Meeting