The Arboretum is host to annual lectures and symposia that focus on horticultural and natural sciences topics. Many events are for professionals in varied disciplines and offer Certified Educational Units (CEUs) from granting agencies. Some lectures are for general audiences and learners of all ages.

Horticulture Industry IPM Symposium

The 7th annual symposium produced and hosted by the Arboretum in conjunction with The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service is September 28, 2017. This event is for industry professionals only who work with beneficial insects to manage pests on greenhouse, nursery and farm crops. Multiple states grant pesticide credits and CEUs for attendees to this event.

Registration information and schedule will be shared at a later date.

Through proper Integrated Pest Management practices, horticulture professionals are able to utilize gentler methods to manage pests in their production systems and landscapes, and ultimately become better stewards of our natural resources. The IPM symposium is a perfect opportunity to educate both western North Carolina professionals and others from around the Southeast, and learn from some of the industry’s well-known speakers.

Cliff Ruth, N. C. Cooperative Extension Area Agent

Growing Color: Natural Dyes from Plants

There is a growing demand for natural dyes for use in the textile, cosmetic and food industries. This conference is for professionals in the farming, herb and textile industries and anyone interested in the fascinating history and potential of natural plant-based dyes. The symposium is hosted by The North Carolina Arboretum in conjunction with Local Cloth with the purpose of bringing awareness about issues and opportunities in plant dyes in order to encourage a sustainable natural dye industry in western North Carolina. In addition to presentations, the symposium will feature vendors, demonstrations and exhibits.

The next Growing Color Symposium is planned for March 2018. Please check this site at a later date for further details.