CareerNext defines tracks to professional livelihoods in the world of ornamental horticulture. This one-day powerhouse lineup of garden media superstars is designed for students looking to grow education into stable jobs in the industry, veteran communicators looking to redefine career goals and confident professionals diversifying their toolbox with state-of-the-art media awareness!
Let us expand your horizons; dare to challenge your occupational rut. Join us at CareerNext for a fabulous, fun and functional day of self-discovery, networking and creative career-crafting!
We're still the best value at the best venues with the oldest gardens in America! For a long weekend's stay, our venues are only 19 miles from resort beaches!
Saturday, September 16
|7:00AM - 8:00AM||Early Morning Photo Shoot at Magnolia Plantation|
|8:00AM - 8:30AM||Registration, Coffee and Snacks|
|8:30AM - 8:45AM||Welcome|
|8:45AM - 9:45AM||
Keynote: Unleash the Power Within
|9:45AM - 10:15AM||Morning Break|
|10:15AM - 11:15AM||
Southern Public Garden
Tom Johnson, Director of Gardens, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Mary Anne Johnson, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Herb Frazier, Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
|11:15AM - 11:45AM||
Insights from a Career Plant Breeder
Robert 'Buddy' Lee, Inventor of Encore Azalea and Director of Plant of Innovations for Plant Development Services, Encore Azalea
|11:45AM - 12:45PM||Lunch|
|12:45PM - 1:15PM||
Marketing to Southern Gardeners
Jessica Callahan, Plant Development Services, Southern Living Plant Collection & Encore Azalea
|1:15PM - 1:45PM||
Love Plants, Fashion and Trends? Want to Make a Career of it?
Angela Treadwell Palmer, President, Plants Nouveau
|1:45PM - 2:15PM||
Different Types of Garden Writing for Pay
Katie Elzer-Peters, Freelance Writer and Editor, The Garden of Words, LLC
|2:15PM - 2:30PM||Afternoon Break|
|2:30PM - 3:30PM||
Crafting an Enviable Career in Horticulture
Karl Gercens III, Conservatory Horticulturist, Longwood Gardens
|4:00PM - 5:30PM||Middleton Plantation Touring|
|5:30PM - 7:00PM||Evening Under the Live Oaks: Middleton Place|
Take a look at some of the places we will be this year!
Magnolia Plantation, Live Oak
Bridge at Magnolia Plantation
Statue at Middleton Place Plantation