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SCC Farm to Table Event features acclaimed gardening experts Cornett, Bertelsen

Acclaimed gardening experts Peggy Cornett and Aaron Bertelsen will visit Spartanburg Community College next month for an event benefitting the college’s horticulture program.

The Farm to Table Event on Monday, February 10, at SCC’s Downtown Campus will feature two hourlong lectures and lunch. All attendees will receive a copy of Betelsen’s new book, Grow Fruit and Vegetables in Pots, which champions the developing trend in small and home gardening.

Peggy Cornett is plant curator for Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, VA. Cornett joined the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello in 1983 as an associate director of gardens and grounds. From 1992 to 2009, she served as the director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants before assuming her current role as curator of plants.

In 2016, Cornett received the Garden Club of America’s Zone VII Horticultural Commendation for her horticultural expertise, generosity in sharing knowledge and dedication to preserving Thomas Jefferson’s botanical legacy.

Aaron Bertelsen is a horticulturalist for Great Dixter in England, the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd. As manager of the vegetable garden at Dixter, Bertelsen is regularly invited to speak about gardening at events held around the world.

Bertelsen’s first book, The Great Dixter Cookbook, has received international acclaim since its publication in March 2017. The release of Bertelsen’s second book, Grow Fruit and Vegetables in Pots, on Feb. 12 coincides with his appearance in Spartanburg.

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The Farm to Table Event on Feb. 10 is part of Arboretum Events, an educational and fundraising initiative presented by the Spartanburg Community College Foundation and SCC’s Horticulture program, which offers the only Associates degree in horticulture in the Upstate. SCC’s Central Campus also boasts one of five recognized arboretums in Spartanburg County, giving students a hands-on teaching environment to prepare them for the world of work.

“The SCC Foundation is thrilled to host the Farm to Table Event and to bring two renowned horticulturists to our community,” said Foundation Executive Director Bea Walters Smith. “Proceeds from the event will help support one of the college’s most popular and successful areas of study.”

Want to go?

What:  Farm to Table Event
When:  Monday, February 10, 2020, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where:  Spartanburg Community College Downtown Campus, 220 E Kennedy St, Spartanburg, SC 29302
Tickets:  Single: $80, Couple $120. Includes two garden lectures, a boxed lunch, and one copy of Grow Fruit and Vegetables in Pots. Purchase tickets online.

For more information, call (864) 592-4624.

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