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Walking Tour of the Native Azalea Collection with Curator Carson Ellis


ONSITE | Saturday, April 27, 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 

Instructor: Carson Ellis

Free | Suggested Donation $12

Limit: 12

Curator of the National Native Azalea Collection, Carson will be leading a 45-minute walking tour of the Native Azalea Collection, stopping frequently to introduce participants to the many fascinating and beautiful native azalea species that grow in the Collection. Participants will learn not only about azaleas, but will have the opportunity to learn more from Carson about her work as Curator, the history of the Collection, and the future of the Collection.
Carson Ellis, born and raised in Asheville, NC, is a life-long explorer of Western North Carolina’s mountains. Her love for the natural world inspired her to pursue a career studying and cultivating native plants. Following undergraduate work in environmental science and horticulture, she completed her M.S. Biology at Western Carolina University, where she researched the pollination networks of high-elevation rock outcrop plant communities. As a horticulturist, she has worked with the Highlands Biological Research Station, Memphis Botanic Garden, and Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance, and recently joined The North Carolina Arboretum as the Curator of the National Native Azalea Collection. A lover of the arts, she enjoys painting, ceramics, and messing around on the mountain dulcimer in her free time. She considers the natural world her biggest source of inspiration and celebrates horticulture as the ideal union of art and science.
Early registration for this class will close 2 days prior to the event, but if there are spaces still available there will be a paper sign-up sheet available at the Azalea Garden to fill any vacant spots up to 30 minutes before the event.

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