Special Events

Special Events with Guest Speaker Tony Avent

Tony Avent, the Indiana Jones of horticulture, travels the world in search of rare and exotic plants. Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, the proprietor of Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanical Garden, is a respected hybridizer of hostas who started propagating and selling plants as a hobby after his parents built him a greenhouse when he was only eight. He is a prolific gardening writer and contributing editor of Horticulture magazine. Learn more...

Susan Wight, Flower Show Chairman, will emcee a lively discussion with Mr. Avent focusing on his adventures during over 66 plant expeditions. He has won numerous horticulture awards and has been featured on HGTV, PBS and Martha Stewart Living.


Enjoy cocktails and light dinner fare as you “Travel with Tony.” Noted plant explorer Tony Avent will share worldwide adventures in his never ending quest for rare and exotic plants. Tuesday, March 27 from 7 to 9 pm at the John Marshall Ballroom in Richmond, VA. $60 advance registration includes parking.

Tuesday, March 27,  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
John Marshall Ballroom


Surround Yourself with Shady Characters – Creating and Maintaining a Shade Garden, presented by Tony Avent, will offer advice in plant selection, design and maintenance of beautiful shade gardens. Luncheon will follow immediately. Advance registration required. $75 advance registration includes wine and parking.

Wednesday, March 28, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
John Marshall Ballroom