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Garden & Gun Senior Editor CJ Lotz attended the Restoring Southern Gardens and Landscapes Conference in Old Salem in 2017. That weekend visit made her want to write about the wealth of public gardens available to visitors in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Garden & Gun usually covers private gardens, but Lotz wanted to highlight public gardens as a creative way to cover travel in the South for garden lovers. During the pandemic, it worked out well to bring her mom Janice for some outdoor time together. Her mom, who studied in the Agricultural School at the University of Florida, had only been to the mountains of North Carolina, not the Piedmont. She delighted in asking lots of questions and celebrating all the green thumbs who are making Winston-Salem a more beautiful place.
CJ Lotz grew up in Eureka, Missouri, and now lives in Charleston, South Carolina. She travels around the South in her role as senior editor at Garden & Gun, where she has worked since 2013.
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Randy Harelson, Vice President (Louisiana) Randy Harelson was born in Macon, GA to parents whose families both came from East Baton Rouge Parish, LA, for many generations. The family moved back to Louisiana when Randy was seven, but always called him their “Georgia peach.” Educated at LSU Lab School and Louisiana State University, Randy moved to Massachusetts in 1974 to teach art in an innovative “integrated arts in education” program in Attleboro Public Schools. A gardener since childhood, he worked at Hill-Roberts Elementary School to develop an “outdoor classroom” of trees, shrubs, and flowers while a full-time art teacher. He later served as a professional designer and assistant horticulturist at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum in Bristol, Rhode Island. Randy’s broad career has included writing and illustrating nine published books, and running a retail nursery in Seagrove Beach, Florida that won the S. J. Blakely Award in 2003. Back home in New Roads, Randy has planted a small arboretum of trees and shrubs both native and imported, documented in Louisiana by 1860. Randy first attended a SGHS annual meeting at Mount Vernon in 2010. The next year his home was included in the Sunday tours at the Baton Rouge meeting. Randy and his husband Richard Gibbs, an architect and gardener, have been members ever since, and Randy joined the board of directors in 2015. At home they care for two acres of gardens, a 500-year-old live oak, the 200-year-old LeJeune House, and a Siamese cat named Miss Priss.

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