Region IV Regional Meeting | Asheville, North Carolina
GWA @ 2018 North Carolina Arboretum
Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Join your GWA friends at the North Carolina Arboretum on October 18th for a day learning in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America! The North Carolina Arboretum invites you to spend the day both prior and after our formal meeting. Please mention you are attending the GWA meeting and follow the delightful entry road to the Education Building. (see below for directions)
|Noon to 12:30PM
Overview of the Regional Meeting Schedule
Welcome by NCA
|12:30PM - 1:00PM
Germplasm Repository Highlights by
Director, Dr. Joe-Ann Mccoy
The NCAGR leads a multifaceted effort to conserve,
study and utilize native plants and plant organisms
|1:00PM - 1:30PM
GWA Business Meeting
|2:00PM - 4:00PM
Break into groups for tours.
Each tour is 1hr
For directions, please click here.
(Tour 1) Tiny Trees Make Big Stories: Bonsai Curator by Arthur Joura
What makes the Arboretum’s bonsai endeavor unique among all other public collections in the United States? Regional Interpretation. Visitors will find the Arboretum’s bonsai collection of more than 100 specimen carefully cultivated with a Southern Appalachian accent. The collection draws inspiration from the traditional roots of bonsai, but takes the form of a contemporary, Southern Appalachian influenced American garden. Plantings in the landscape include species and cultivars of American, European and Asian origin.
(Tour 2) Olmsted's Heritage Infuses the Landscape by TBD
Joe-Ann McCoy, PhD, has served as the director of the Germplasm Repository since its founding in early 2008. She has established diverse collections of native plant germplasm representing a broad range of diversity and curated those collections through the long-term storage of seed, voucher specimens and associated passport data.
NCA celebrates the beauty of tiny trees as part of an annual Carolina Bonsai Expo. in the Arboretum’s Baker Exhibit Center and Education Center buildings. As the premier annual bonsai event of the Southeast, the Carolina Bonsai Expo is the Arboretum’s most popular plant show.
Authur Joura has been the Bonsai Curator at The North Carolina Arboretum, in Asheville, N.C., since the inception of the bonsai program in 1992. Joura’s educational background is in fine art. Over the years, Joura has studied bonsai with some of the leading bonsai authorities in the United States and was an official student to the Nippon Bonsai Association in Japan.
In 2016, The North Carolina Arboretum unveiled the first-ever standing sculpture of Frederick Law Olmstead, father of American landscape architecture. Olmsted’s career, vision and influence has touched many – in fact, his vision of building the largest research arboretum on George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate served as an impetus to create The North Carolina Arboretum