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Magnolia – Summer 2022

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Our Summer 2022 Magnolia underscores how Southern garden history not only looks closely at the American South, but also takes us worldwide and into wild places in our search for knowledge and inspiration. Adam Martin reminds us how the Southern heirloom Lycoris radiata was introduced from Japan, where it is possessed of a history extending back many centuries. Davyd Foard Hood reviews a new book on Col. Stephenson Robertson Clarke, who brought plants from across the globe to his highly lauded Sussex, England garden. Writing on the sad history of the American chestnut, Ken McFarland recounts its reintroduction to Virginia gardens. An insider’s look into the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Gardens is offered by Carter Hulinsky, while Staci Catron opens the pages of naturalist Janisse Ray’s book Wild Spectacle. Lastly, Peggy Cornett takes us to Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery for the dedication of a memorial to Professor Apple, Tom Burford, who traveled widely through the US, Europe, and Asia, learning and sharing his deep and vast knowledge of pomology. 

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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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