AE22 BREG Round Table

Wednesday August 24

4:00 PM  –  5:30 PM

BREG Round Table - Plants and People: Creating Sustainable Communities 

ONLINE*  Wednesday, August 24; 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Instructors: Nina Shippen, Rebecca Caldwell and BREG Core Instructors

Free | Suggested donation $12

BREG Elective credit (1 hr)


Join in this discussion about ecological principles in practice in your gardens and landscapes and at the Arboretum. Instructors Nina Shippen and Rebecca Caldwell lead this discussion with faculty and students in the Blue Ridge Eco Gardener (BREG) Certificate of Merit program. Anyone is welcome to attend with questions about the program and upcoming classes. Also an introductory overview to foundational texts used in the program: Planting in a Post-Wild World by Rainer and West and Nature's Best Hope by Douglas Tallamy.


Nina Shippen practices residential landscape and garden design through her company Hidden Road Landscape Design, which focuses on coupling the principles of healing gardens with sound ecologic practices to create satisfying gardens for her clients. A graduate of the landscape design program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, she has lived and gardened in Transylvania County since 2005.

Rebecca Caldwell is a writer and educator who serves as the adult education programs manager at The North Carolina Arboretum. She has taught literature and writing at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Clemson University and Western Carolina University. She is also trained as a counselor specializing in expressive arts and ecopsychology. She maintained both a private practice and work in community and emergency mental health settings for over 12 years. Her doctoral coursework and research at the University of Virginia focused on creativity, intrinsic motivation and the adult learner.

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