NPA lecture with John Elsley
People, Places, and Plants
Sunday, April 25 - 1 pm
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle
From the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, England, to the halls of Geo. Park Seed Company in Greenwood, South Carolina, to Beaver Creek and Song Sparrow Nurseries in the Midwest, John Elsley has had an exceptional career covering every aspect of horticulture. NPA is pleased to welcome Mr. Elsley as featured speaker at our annual Nicolay Memorial Program. His talk, “People, Places & Plants” will take us through his years of study, research and key positions that include service to the Royal Horticulture Society; Curator of Hardy Plants at the Missouri Botanical Garden; nearly two decades at Park Seed Co. with positions in development and introduction of new plants, marketing, product selection for the Wayside Gardens catalog and general editor of “The Wayside Gardens Collection,” an eight-volume series on home gardening.
Mr. Elsley has developed and selected new plant introductions (two with patents and a third pending): Cornus angustata Empress of China ‘ELSBRY’, Euphorbia characias wulfenii ‘Shorty’ and Liriope muscari ‘Snowcone’. He worked with English rose breeder David Austin which led to Wayside’s offering of the first line of “English Roses” in North America; has lectured far and wide at garden symposiums, plant society and professional trade events, and appeared on segments of NBC’s “Today Show” and WOR Radio’s “Garden Hotline” in New York. Before departing Song Sparrow as Director of Horticulture in 2009, he assisted Roy Klehm in the breeding and introduction of herbaceous plants including hostas, daylilies and peonies.
This, and more, from John Elsley, connoisseur of plants, traveler and photographer of gardens around the world -- and a highlight of NPA’s 2010 Program series.