The Speaking of Gardening Symposium was first held in 1998. The vision of Hunter Stubbs (1969-2017), then the Director of Horticulture at Richmond Hill Inn, the first events were held at the inn. Stubbs’ vision was simple, and remains our mission today: Provide a two-day lecture style symposium based on sound horticultural principals for industry professionals and gardening enthusiasts.


Our speakers have traveled from all over the United States and Europe, as well as Japan for the opportunity to speak at SOG. They are authors, researchers, plant hunters, nursery owners, designers, architects, and professors. Their passion for plants, the environment, and sustainable horticulture is contagious. Attendees, in-state and out-of-state, leave more knowledgeable, passionate and excited about their gardening pursuits.


Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Biltmore Village

2018 was our first year in this great space. Just south of the Biltmore, the location is convenient to downtown and I-40. In addition to hosting us in a professional, comfortable conference space, the Double Tree also provides lunches for all attendees.

115 Hendersonville Road Asheville, NC


Continuing Education Credits

APLD-2020 Symposium TBD

NCLCB- 2020 Symposium TBD

NCBOLA- 2020 Symposium TBD

NALP (aka PLANET)-2020 Symposium TBD

2020 is our 22nd year of holding this symposium! Speaking of Gardening is organized, planned and managed by an all-volunteer committee of 12 dedicated horticultural professionals and enthusiasts who live in the Asheville area. We are a self-hosted organization with Asheville GreenWorks, a local non-profit, serving as our fiduciary agent. Check out all the good they do for our community at