Horticulture professionals across the country are fully aware that the landscapes they manage are rapidly changing as a result of Climate Change. This lecture will examine the ways in which our conditions are changing here in Columbia and the Midlands of South Carolina and offer new ways to plan or modify your home landscape.
This class, led by Historic Columbia Director of Grounds Keith Mearns, is in cooperation with the Lourie Center. The "Lourie Lectures" continue to provide engaging educational presentations and discourse for adults over 50. Taught by academics and content experts, topics explore the arts and humanities, science, culture and more.
Keith Mearns is a horticulturist who researches, designs, and installs period-appropriate gardens. He earned a degree in anthropology with a minor in environmental studies from the University of South Carolina. Before joining Historic Columbia, he worked at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden and assisted with digital collections at USC’s herbarium. In 2021 Keith was named the winner of the American Horticultural Society’s 2021 Emerging Horticultural Professional Award.