Garden Veteran Tapped for Important Role
BELMONT, N.C. — Todd Beasely, who has worked in various roles in the field of public horticulture, has been selected as the director of horticulture and facilities for Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.
Most recently the South Carolina native served as interim director of programs and vice president for San Antonio Botanical Garden, but he also spent five years at Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, where he was nursery and greenhouse production manager. Beasley holds a doctorate of education from the University of South Carolina as well as a master’s degree in earth and environmental resource management. His resume also includes a long list of accomplishments including teaching at Midlands Technical College and Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. Beasley is largely credited with attracting the 2016 National Children & Youth Garden Symposium of the American Horticultural Society to Columbia.
“I am thrilled to be returning to the region, as my love for plants is founded in southern gardening traditions,” said Beasley. “To blend plants, education, and events together with a progressive team approach that is evident at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is pushing the boundaries of how gardens are serving their communities, and I’m excited to get to be a part of it.”
Beasley will be responsible for the Garden’s formal displays, including more than 12 acres of perennial gardens, seasonal displays, The Orchid Conservatory, and natural areas, including more than three miles of walking trails the Garden maintains in conjunction with the Carolina Thread Trail. Beasley will also be responsible for the Garden’s physical plant that includes more than 300 acres.
“I am delighted that Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden was able to attract a candidate with Todd’s knowledge and experience,” said Executive Director Patrick Larkin. “He’s been incredibly successful in his diverse roles in public horticulture and I believe he will be critical to the success of DSBG as it continues to develop.”
BELMONT, N.C. – Join Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden to experience one of nature’s most amazing phenomena – the solar eclipse of 2017 on Aug. 21.
The sun will first enter the shade of the moon around 1:11 p.m. in Gaston County and maximum coverage will be around 2:40 p.m. A limited supply of eclipse glasses will be available to borrow or can be purchased directly from The Garden Store. The Garden’s viewing party will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. and will feature crafts for kids including a do-it-yourself pinhole viewer, sun dial, and Earth, Sun & Moon Model. Sproutycakes Bakery will be selling themed dessert delights and a signature cocktail will also be available for purchase among other snacks and beverages.
The Garden’s Solar Eclipse Viewing Party is free with general Garden admission. Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors 60+, $6.95 for children 2-12 and free for children under the age of two.
For more information about this and other events at the Garden visit www.DSBG.org.
BELMONT, N.C. – School and homeschool teachers are invited to an Open House during Sip & Stroll at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden on Thursday, Aug. 17 from 4 to 9 p.m. for free with a valid school ID
This even offers teachers an opportunity to both enjoy the Garden and learn how its array of natural resources can help supplement classroom instruction. Teachers can meet with Garden instructors, learn about guided school programs through activities and demonstrations, stroll the grounds, listen to live music, and mingle with other educators in the area. Beverages and snacks are available for purchase in The Garden Store. All teachers are also welcome to enter a drawing to win a free guided school program!
The Garden offers programs for youth year-round including school and homeschool programs, classes, camps, scout programs, birthday parties, and other opportunities to engage youth. More information is available at www.dsbg.org/program.
The Open House for Teachers is free for all school and homeschool teachers with a valid school ID. The event is also open to the general public with general admission. Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors 60+, $6.95 for children 2-12 and free for children under the age of two.
For more information about this and other events at the Garden visit www.DSBG.org.
BELMONT, N.C. – Join Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and George Zhao, Principal of Hanart Culture, during August’s First Tuesday Presentation on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at noon for a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Chinese Lantern Festival opening Sept.
This fall, the Garden is partnering with Hanart Culture, the producer of the Chinese Lantern Festival that has hosted similar shows in places such as Texas, Virginia, Florida, and Canada, but this will be their first time in North Carolina. The lanterns arrived at the Garden from Zigong, China in late July and Hanart Culture’s team has begun installation. During this presentation, guests will see how the exhibit is coming together, learn more about the lantern making process, and get a glimpse at some of the lanterns as they’re prepared for display. This First Tuesday presentation is being held on the second Tuesday of August to allow time for Hanart Culture to begin installation and give guests a better opportunity to learn about the process.
The Chinese Lantern Festival will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from Sept. 7 to Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each evening. Guests will enter a world of illuminated pandas, lions, flamingos and hundreds of other wondrous and colorful animals from around the world. Each of these larger-than-life lanterns is created by masters of the craft in Zigong, China’s center of lantern heritage. Shop for unique crafts handmade on site, marvel at Kung Fu masters and enjoy our unique Asian-inspired horticultural display.
First Tuesday presentations are free with general Garden admission. Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors 60+, $6.95 for children 2-12 and free for children under the age of two. Guests are encouraged to bring lunch or to purchase a wrap or salad in The Garden Store to enjoy during the presentation in the Visitor Pavilion.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden to host festival Sept. 7 through Oct. 29
BELMONT, N.C. – Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is looking for volunteers to help with the Chinese Lantern Festival to be held Wednesday through Sunday evenings from Sept. 7 through Oct. 29. Volunteers who complete three shifts will receive two complimentary tickets to enjoy the Chinese Lantern Festival.
As a nonprofit organization, the Garden relies on the help of volunteers for events, assistance throughout the Garden, and so much more. Volunteer positions include indoor and outdoor hosts, translators, activity assistants, advance ticket support and entrance directors. Volunteers must fill out an application at www.dsbg.org/event/chinese-lantern-festival-2017 (scroll to the green “Become a Volunteer” button) and commit to attend just one training session in August. Volunteer training sessions will be held on Aug. 21 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., Aug. 23 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., Aug. 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Aug. 26 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and Aug. 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. All volunteers also receive a Chinese Lantern Festival t-shirt. Contact the Garden’s Volunteer Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-829-1257 for more info.
About the Chinese Lantern Festival at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
We may call these “lanterns,” but make no mistake – these are not hand-held, candle-lit lamps. From humble beginnings of silk and paper, the Chinese lantern has evolved into the wondrous shapes and sizes of the Chinese Lantern Festival. Enter “The Wild,” a world of life-size (sometimes larger than life) illuminated panda bears, lions, flamingoes and more fauna from the world’s seven continents. Each of the lanterns is made by masters of the craft in Zigong, China’s center of lantern heritage. Others are made of small glass medicine bottles filled with colored liquid. Arranged in the shape of dragons, peacocks, and giant pearls, they glimmer like crystal rainbows. It’s Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s largest exhibition to date and hundreds of lanterns will fill more than 12 acres.
Living arts further enhance the Chinese Lantern Festival. Guests will marvel at Kung Fu shows, savor Asian food and browse the marketplace that features authentic Chinese folk art and crafts. All this surrounded by the lush Garden featuring an all-new Asian-inspired display that was installed this spring and will be in place throughout the year. Japanese maples, bamboo, grasses, iris, ferns and more are pulled together to develop the display that also features other traditional Asian elements such as rock and water. Throughout autumn, the Garden will offer continuing education classes for adults, programs for schools and home schools, guided tours for groups and much more.
The Chinese Lantern Festival will be open to the public from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday evenings from Sept. 7 through Oct. 29. Visitors can save by purchasing tickets online in advance at www.DSBG.org where tickets are $21.95 per adult, $19.95 per senior 60+, $14.95 per child ages 2 through 12, and free for children under the age of two. If tickets are not sold out for an evening , tickets will also be available at the door for $24.95 per adult, $21.95 per senior 60+, $15.95 per child ages 2 through 12, and free for children under the age of two. Garden members receive a 30% discount on tickets including up to four guests. Please note that the Garden will remain open daily for general admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with daytime entry ending at 4 p.m.
The Chinese Lantern Festival is a production of Hanart Culture (www.chineselanternfestival.com). The exhibition is sponsored by Duke Energy, WSOC-TV and K104.7.
For more information call (704) 825-4490 or visit www.DSBG.org.