Magnolia Plantation & Gardens presents
Heirloom Plant Symposium – "What's Old is New Again"
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is pleased to present our Heirloom Plant Symposium "What's Old is New Again" – preserving culture by promoting the heritage of plants, stories and recipes passed down from generation to generation.
Heirloom plants are vegetables, flowers, and fruits grown from seeds that are passed down from generation to generation. Heirloom plants are open-pollinated, meaning that pollination happens naturally, with no outside assistance. It relies on natural pollination from insects and the wind.
Our program will cover the historical significance of heirloom plant varieties, the correlation between these plants and the cultures they help preserve, why pollinators play a key role in this preservation and how these efforts are fueling the heirloom renaissance.
Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. The first gardens were established in 1685, making Magnolia the oldest garden in America. The gardens are of such beauty and variety that they have brought tourists from around the world to view them since they were opened to the public in the early 1870s. As the plantation has stayed within the ownership of the same family for more than three centuries, each generation has added its own personal touch to the gardens, expanding and adding to their variety.
Many experts have considered Magnolia "the most beautiful garden in the world". Baedecker's Travel Guide likened its springtime display to the majesty of the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls. Unlike most of America's gardens, which are formal and seek to control nature, Magnolia cooperates with nature to create a tranquil landscape like Eden where humanity and nature are in harmony. "Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher." - William Wordsworth
For more information about Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, go to www.magnoliaplantation.com.