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Horticulturist to speak on shade gardening

Horticulturist Jason Reeves, will present “Friends in the Shade Garden; Keeping Your Hosta Company” on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 pm, at Johnson City Power Board Building Auditorium on Boones Creek Road in Jonesborough.

With help from beautiful photography, Reeves will show an exuberant array of shade plants that offer four seasons of excitement.

He will focus on colorful foliage, both evergreen anddeciduous, while highlighting how your shade garden can also flaunt flowers year-round.

A rising star in the world of horticulture, Reeves is noted for his plant knowledge, creative designs and engaging style. The newest contributing editor to Fine Gardening magazine, Reeves currently serves as the research horticulturist and curator of the University of Tennessee Gardens Jackson, located on the grounds of the West Tennessee AgResearch 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 more than 90 varieties he grows each year.

He is much in demand as a speaker and leads numerous domestic and international garden tours.

A native of west Tennessee, Jason Reeves received his masters degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from University of Tennessee Knoxville. Before coming to the UT Gardens, Jason 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 open to the public. For more information, call 348-6572 or email