Garden Symposium
Saturday, March 9, 2024 | 9:30am - 4pm

The Sustainable Living Garden


Date: March 9, 2024

Time: 9:30 am - 4 pm

Cost: $60 - $80

Event Venue

Brookgreen Gardens

1931 Brookgreen Drive

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576


Registration Information

Explore a day of sustainable gardening with experts, garden tours, and hands-on experiences in beautiful Brookgreen Gardens.



Cyanotype: The Magic of Alternative Photography, Natalie Jones, $40


Greenhouse Complex and Bethea's Garden Tour or Zoo Horticulture Tour, $15


January 4 - January 21 | Members Only: $60


January 22 - February 25 | Members: $70 · Non-members: $80


$15 (optional)

Symposium Agenda:


8:00AM                                Optional Garden Tour (Additional fee $15, 18-person cap)
 Option 1: Greenhouse and Bethea’s Tour: Kerry Rapp and Jason Flynn
 Option 2: Zoo Horticulture Tour: Kaela Miller

9:30AM                                 Gates Open

                                               Registration in LCC foyer: 9:30 – 10:00am with light refreshments in Ron Daise Auditorium

10:00AM                              Keynote Speaker: Doug Tallamy Restoring Nature’s  Relationships at Home

10:55AM                              Break

11:00AM                              First General Speaker: Laura Del Vecchio Gardening for Pollinators with Edibles

11:55AM                              Lunch Break with Brookgreen Gardens’ Horticulture and Education Department staff

1:00PM                                 CONCURRENT: Workshop (Additional fee $40, 18 person cap): Natalie Jones

1:00PM                                 CONCURRENT: Talk and Tour of Heron, Grouse, and Loon: Jason Flynn

1:55PM                                 Break

2:00PM                                 Sustainability Panel: Moderated by Kate White
Panelists: Chris Burtt (land), Cara Schildtknecht (water),

  Dwight Williams (insect)

2:55PM                                 Break

3:00PM                                 Second General Speaker: Sharon Turner and Andy

  Schwartz Sustainable Practices for Homeowners

3:55PM                                 Conclusion





Doug Tallamy
Doug Tallamy

Keynote Speaker - Doug Tallamy

Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 112 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 42 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His books include Bringing Nature Home, The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, Nature's Best Hope, a New York Times Best Seller, The Nature of Oaks, winner of the American Horticultural Society’s 2022 book award.    In 2021 he co founded Homegrown National Park with Michelle Alfandari ( His awards include recognition from The Garden Writers Association, Audubon, The National Wildlife Federation, Allegheny College, Ecoforesters, The Garden Club of America and The American Horticultural Association.

Laura Del Vecchio
Laura Del Vecchio

General Speaker - Laura Del Vecchio

Laura Del Vecchio is the Senior Horticulturist and resident Beekeeper at Moore Farms Botanical Garden where she also leads sustainable gardening workshops. After an intense career in international relations, she decided it was time to grow roots - literally! Originally from Italy, she made her way to South Carolina from the New York Botanical Garden where she studied horticulture and served as Plant Science Educator. Her heart now finds its southern botanical rhythm in the magnificent grandeur and timeless beauty of Magnolia grandiflora - she has 37 specimens in her backyard.


Her unwavering love for learning recently drew her to Clemson College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Science where she entered the master's degree program in Wildlife and Fishery Resources to learn more about conservation ecology and become a more responsible gardener. As a lifelong enthusiast of all things sustainable, she relishes the chance to continuously deepen her connection with nature. 


Sharing knowledge, fostering growth, and contributing to the green community truly motivate her. She looks forward to this enriching journey with all of you, as we cultivate learning, growth, and the bonds of shared passion for gardening and sustainability .

Sharon Turner
Sharon Turner

General Speaker - Sharon Turner

A native of Georgetown, Sharon attended Clemson and graduated with a degree in Horticulture with an emphasis in landscape design. She has a landscape design/build company in Murrells Inlet and has been  in business here for over 40 years. Sharon loves the natural beauty of our area and supports the preservation of all natural resources.

Andy Schwartz
Andy Schwartz

General Speaker - Andy Schwartz

Born and raised in Indiana. In 2007, Andy moved to Savannah, GA and stayed for ten years. He worked on several small organic farms in the area including one biodynamic farm. The importance of environmental stewardship, plant relationships, and soil health became a true passion during this time. Andy has practiced organic and biodynamic farming principles along the South Georgia Coast, South Africa, Northern California, and is now happy to be utilizing these skills here along the Hammock Coast of South Carolina. Andy’s proudest accomplishment in Savannah was founding a waste management business (Grow.Eat.Repeat) focused on reducing food waste ending up in landfills. The organic waste products he collected from area restaurants, hotels, schools, and residents was used to create a high-quality compost. Andy has been working with Sharon Turner and Creative Landscapes for three years now.



Kate White: Panel Moderator | Charleston Parks Conservancy
Dwight Williams: Insect Panelist | Bottle Tree Gardening
Chris Burtt: Land/Ground Panelist | Clemson Ext
Cara Schildtknecht: Water Panelist | Winyah Rivers


Hours: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM | Daily

For their safety and the safety of our animal collection, pets are not allowed, nor can they be left in vehicles inside Brookgreen. Service animals that have received special training to assist disabled persons are welcome.


Daily General Admission Tickets for 7 consecutive days

Children 3 and under: Free

Children 4-12: $12

Adults 13-64: $22

Seniors 65 & Over: $20


1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Off US Highway 17 Bypass, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island on South Carolina's Hammock Coast