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Conifers & Ginkgo in the Southern Landscape

May 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Interested in learning more about Conifers in the southeast?  Then, come and listen to “the expert.”  Tom Cox, past president of the American Conifer Society, will be with us to speak about landscaping with Conifers and Ginkgo in this part of the country.  In fact, Tom is co-author of a best-selling garden book,  Landscaping With Conifers and Ginkgo For the Southeast. Tom’s presentation  will also include plenty of time for your questions.

  •  Brief history of conifers and ginkgo and their role in garden design — an underutilized plant group for the Southeast
  •  Creating a low-maintenance Four-Season garden
  •  Incorporate color with foliage.
  •  Which plants to purchase and which to avoid — not all conifers will thrive in our climate
  •  Selecting the right plant for the application, i.e., sun, shade, wet, etc. (infinite choices for color, form, and site)
  •  Care and maintenance
  •  Companion plants
  •  Conifers and Ginkgo at Gibbs Garden — an exciting new addition.

Tom Cox and University of Georgia Professor Dr. John Ruter wrote the only book ever on conifers and ginkgo for the South. Tom will be signing copies at the end of his presentation.

Tom & Evelyn Cox  started Cox Arboretum and Gardens in 1990 when they purchased an undeveloped 13-acre parcel in Canton, Georgia. Over the ensuing 25 years, this has evolved into one of the premier collections of woody taxa in the Southeastern U. S.  In 2002 and again in 2014, the arboretum was the host site for the American Conifer Society’s national meeting and is now a frequent stop for gardening enthusiasts as well as those involved in serious plant study. He is a pioneer in the evaluation of conifers for adaptability in the Southeast and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on growing conifers in the region. The arboretum received full accreditation in 2012 and is now a site for the preservation of rare and endangered plants from around the world.

Tom is a frequent lecturer on the subject of conifers and other woody plants and is a member of the prestigious International Dendrology Society as well as Botanic Gardens Conservation International. He is a past President of the American Conifer Society and has been published numerous times in both British and U.S conifer journals.  He is the co-author of a recently published book titled “Conifers and Ginkgo for the Southern Landscape.” In 2014, his book was recognized by the Georgia Writers Association as first runner-up in the Specialty category at their 50th year annual awards banquet.

Mr. Cox holds a B.S. degree (cum laude) from The New York Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Georgia State University.



May 25
11:00 am - 12:00 pm