Clemson University

Winter Lecture Series Session I


8.30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Refreshments

9 a.m. - 1030 a.m. Speaker One

10.30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Refreshments

11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Speaker Two


Marian St.Clair, freelance writer and more

“Making Good Gardens: Gathering Ideas & Inspiration from all the Right Places.”


Marian St.Clair travels extensively as a freelance garden writer, photographer, and tour coordinator. In this talk she shares the innovative and interesting ideas for your garden she has gleaned from her travels around the world.


Marian St.Clair nurtures an earth-friendly landscape in Greenville, South Carolina. She has worked for the Greenville News for 15 years, contributing both feature articles and weekly columns, and also writes for Carolina Gardener Magazine, producing the article, “A Carolina Gardener’s Story.” In 2008, she was honored with a Gold Award by the Garden Writers Association. Marian also writes a personal blog, Hortitopia, which shares news about her home garden, Upstate wildflower and waterfall hikes, and garden travels to England, France, Italy, and other destinations. Website:



Steve Bender, senior garden editor, Southern Living Magazine

“The Grumpy Gardener: An A-Z Guide From the Galaxy’s most Irritable Green Thumb.”


Steve Bender will talk about his new book, answer questions and sign copies. Obtain your copy at the Garden’s Gift Shop,or buy a copy and a ticket to his talk for a friend, what a great Christmas present!! Copies will be available for purchase on the day.


Gardeners from across the country have turned to Steve Bender for his keen knowledge and gardening know-how delivered with equal doses of sarcasm and sidesplitting humor for nearly 35 years. Finally, the wit and wisdom of the country’s most irritable green thumb can be found in a single volume, providing gardeners from coast to coast his valuable tips for planting, troubleshooting, and growing success, with comic illustrations sprinkled throughout.



Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8:30am to 12:30pm

Hayden Conference Center

Event Type

Garden Events


SC Botanical Garden

Target Audience

General Public



$25 per session or $90 for series (10% discount for members)contact Sue Watts for discount code

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