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Magnolia Fall – Winter 2022

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Our lead article continues the editors’ commitment to an in-depth look at the Old Salem Restoring Southern Gardens and Landscapes conference as it spanned a period of nearly four decades. Here, Ken McFarland takes the reader through the 1980s, examining the people, topics, and activities that gave the event a reputation for excellence. Photographs gathered by Peggy Cornett, courtesy of Sally Gant and Martha Hartley of Old Salem, bring the story to life. 
Members may wish to continue their exploration of Magnolia’s Fall/Winter 2022 issue by turning to page 10 as we revisit Susan McLeod Epstein’s remembrance of Patti McGee. In relatively few words Susan sums up the warm energy and embracing personality known to those many people who loved Patti as friend and fellow gardener. 
As this is written, the 2023 annual meeting is just around the corner. This issue includes President Randy Harelson’s glimpse at what is in store for participants as they gather in the fascinating town of Natchitoches, Louisiana. Fans of the movie Steel Magnolias will feel right at home there as they experience the settings of various scenes of that award-winning film.



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Ken McFarland retired as director of education at Stratford Hall in 2010. He is a past president of the Southern Garden History Society, as well as an honorary board member. In addition, he serves as an editor of the Society’s publication Magnolia, having previously been an associate editor as well as North Carolina state editor. From 1984 to 1999 Ken was the site manager at Historic Stagville in Durham, N.C. Stagville was a long-time co-sponsor of the Restoring Southern Gardens & Landscapes Conference at Old Salem, and thus Ken was also a member on the Conference planning committee. He has degrees in history from Virginia Commonwealth University and UNC-Chapel Hill. In addition, Ken is the author of The Architecture of Warren County, North Carolina: 1770s to 1860s.
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