Salvia x 'Indigo Spires'
Salvia x 'Indigo Spires'

About The Symposium Speakers

NOTE: This material appeared originally in the Proceedings of the 10th Annual Oktober Gartenfest, Winedale, Texas, 2003, presented jointly by the Texas Cooperative Extension and The University of Texas Center for American History, Dr. William C. Welch, Committee Chairman.

Bart Brechter....graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a degree in Horticulture in 1999. From there he took a position as Azalea Curator at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. He is now Curator of Bayou Bend Gardens, a 14-acre estate garden of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He is married, and has four boys.

Ethne Clarke....returned from England, where she had lived for nearly 30 years, with her husband Donald to live in Austin, Texas. She created a waterwise landscape at her home with native plants and adapted exotics that she was forced to leave behind when she moved this year to Des Moines, Iowa to become Garden Editor for Traditional Home magazine. Her formal training in gardening, botany and landscape design was received at the Norfolk College of Agriculture and Horticulture in England, and she holds an advanced degree from De Montfort University. She says she does not have a garden...or even a windowbox, for the first time in 30 years - but that this will not last!

Jimmy Boudreaux....was born and raised in Houma, Louisiana. He obtained a BS degree in Plant Science from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana and his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Horticulture from LSU. He began teaching and research activities on peaches and pecans in the LSU Horticulture Department, and in 1985 he has done extension work on commercial vegetable crops, citrus and strawberries.

Greg Grant a native of East Texas who lives in his grandmother's restored cottage in Arcadia, Texas. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Horticulture from Texas A&M University, and has worked for the nursery industry as well as for botanical gardens and universities to introduce new and old plants for landscape use. He is co-author with Dr. William C. Welch of The Southern Heirloom Garden, published by Taylor Publishing Co. Greg writes for numerous gardening publications and speaks across the South on our gardening heritage and on expanding our plant palette.

Henry Flowers...holds advanced degrees in Horticulture and Floriculture from Texas A&M. After graduation he joined the staff of the Antique Rose Emporium where he served in several design and management capacities at the Independence location as well as those in Georgia and San Antonio. He is presently Director of Gardens and Grounds for the International Festival-Institute in Round Top.

George Ray McEachern a Professor and Extension Specialist (retired) at Texas A&M University at College Station. His special interests lie in the production of fruit and nuts, especially grapes, winemaking and pecans.

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