Spencer Lecture

Spencer Lecture

William Welch

"Redesigning the Landscape: Some Rosy Ideas"

Tuesday, May 3 | 6:30 p.m.

The 18th annual Spencer Lecture will be held on Tuesday, May 3 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Linn-Henley Lecture Hall, it will feature a reception prior to the evening lecture from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Bill Welch is presently Professor and Landscape Horticulturist for Texas A & M University.  He is a native of Houston Texas, has an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from LSU and did doctoral work in Horticulture and Extension Education from there as well.

Dr. Welch writes about gardening in Texas and the South and has several books that have been popular references including Perennial Garden Color, Antique Roses for the South, The Bountiful Flower Garden  (with Neil Odenwald) and Heirloom Gardening in the South (with Greg Grant) and The Bulb Hunter (with Chris Wiesinger). For many years, Welch wrote a monthly garden column for Southern Living and Neil Sperry’s Gardens and has had his gardens in Louisiana and Texas featured. Welch has been instrumental in the movement to collect and reintroduce old Southern garden favorites into the modern plant palette. Roses have been a special interest and help found The Antique Rose Emporium near Brenham, TX.  

Dr. Welch works closely with the Master Gardener and Garden Club programs across Texas and the South and contributes regularly to the Aggie Horticulture newsletter.  He has recently been recognized by The Southern Garden History Society,  The American Horticulture Society and the Garden Club of America  for his work.  Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. through the Texas A&M University Foundation two annual scholarships in the amount of $2000 each for graduate and undergraduate students interested in landscape horticulture.  

The Spencer Lecture Series is made possible by the Virginia Beeland Spencer Lecture Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. The fund was started by the late Williams M. Spencer, III in honor of his wife, the late Virginia Beeland Spencer.


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