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Arbor Day Celebration Features Dr. Allan Armitage At USC Upstate

11- 01- 2006

Spartanburg, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina Upstate Alumni Association will host its annual Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, December 1 at 12:00 p.m. in the University Readiness Center. Dr. Allan Armitage will be the guest speaker.

“It is indeed an honor to have Dr. Allan Armitage as our guest speaker,” said Bea Walters Smith, director of alumni affairs and advancement services at USC Upstate. “”He is well-respected on a global level and will attract garden enthusiasts from around the region. In addition, this helps bring increased awareness of the Susan Jacobs Arboretum on the USC Upstate campus.”
Armitage is well known as a writer, speaker and researcher throughout the world. He has visited research centers and production centers throughout the world and is constantly studying annuals, perennials, cut flowers, and greenhouse crops in various climates.  Armitage has a bachelor’s degree from MacDonald College in Quebec, a master’s degree from University of Guelph, Ontario, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

He is a prolific and well-respected writer, having has written more than 350 articles and papers in journals such as Horticulture Magazine, American Nurseryman, Greenhouse Grower, Grower Talks, Plant Physiology and the journals of the American Society of Horticultural Science.  Armitage writes a monthly column for Greenhouse Grower Magazine, a national trade journal, in which he discusses new crops and new trends in floriculture and is a regular contributor to Fine Gardening Magazine.
The author of 11 books, Armitage is best known for his classroom and reference text, Herbaceous Garden Perennials, a Treatise of Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes, now in its 2nd edition (1146 pages), a standard reference for gardeners, professionals and students.  In 1997, it was designated as one of the 75 most important horticultural books written in the last 75 years by the American Horticultural Society. In January, 1999, the book was selected by Choice, the publication of Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, as one of the top 3% of Academic Books reviewed in 1998.  He is presently in the midst of writing the third edition, with a proposed publication date of 2007. 

He has also completed four additional interactive CDs for the gardener, called This is Gardening with Allan Armitage.  They consist of full CDs on Perennials, Annuals, Hostas and Allan’s Garden.  Their objective is to inspire and excite people about plants and gardening.  In spring, 2005, Armitage launched the first (ever) Internet courses for gardeners and professionals; Perennials for Sun and Perennials for Shade. They are in-depth courses encompassing Taxonomy, Morphology and Design and audio, along with quizzes on each of 40 genera of perennial plants. Presently, there are almost 500 students enrolled.  In spring, 2006, Armitage launched a website for people in need of plant images for websites, catalogs or labels.  The website, www.armitageimages.net, presently contains nearly 10,000 images.

Tickets are $5 per person and include lunch. Tickets are available at Carolina Garden World, Piedmont Farm and Garden, Roebuck Nursery, Creekside Nursery, George Gunter Nursery, and Lichtenfelt Nurseries or by calling 864-503-5277 or e-mail yrobinson@uscupstate.edu.

Event sponsors include the JM Smith Corporation, Spartanburg Garden Council and Spartanburg Men’s Garden Club.