Keynote Speaker Announced
Cody George of Crystal Bridges Museum
We’re pleased to announce Crystal Bridges Museum Horticulturalist Cody George will be the keynote speaker for 2018 Missouri Master Gardener State Conference. Although George quips that the plant species he most identifies with is “spicebush…we both enjoy being in the shade, but do fine in the sun. And we both emit a pleasant, spicy fragrance,” he’s introduced 60 plus taxa of native plants to the Museum’s living collection and is responsible for the creation of Crystal Bridges Museum’s monthly series Discover the Grounds.
Cody George joined the Crystal Bridges Trails and Grounds team as Horticulturist in the winter of 2011. Since that time, native plants and their relationship with our local ecosystem have truly become his passion. After completing the initial landscape installation of 320 taxa of plants, George has introduced more than 60 taxa of native plants to the Museum’s living collection, with a focus on the genus’ Trillium (12 species) and Magnolia (6 species). He has discovered and resurrected several of Dr. Neil Compton’s original test-beds for native plants and installed the certified Monarch Way-station featuring 250 individual plants of Asclepias (milkweed).
Organic Farm to Crystal Bridges Horticulturist
George grew up on 40 acres in Northeast Arkansas country-side, where gaining a respect and kinship for nature and plants came easily. Spending most of his childhood summers helping his grandparents on their five-acre organic farm in Indiana, George developed a strong interest in horticulture. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 2006.
George worked in the nursery industry for nearly seven years, moving from nurseryman to grower to manager, before his interest in native plants and public gardens led to his becoming head gardener for Compton Gardens, where he served for more than two years before joining Crystal Bridges.
George lives and gardens in Bella Vista, Arkansas with his wife (Lindsey), son (Everett) and cats (Pickles and Barbara).