April 28 A Year in the Life of Bellingrath Gardens

April 28 A Year in the Life of Bellingrath Gardens by Dr William Barrick

  • Dothan native Dr William Barrick, Executive Director of Bellingrath Gardens since Nov 1999, talks about Bellingrath Gardens.
  • No advanced tickets. Call DABG 334-793-3224 to reserve your spot.  Light refreshments will be served.
  • April 28, 6 pm, Ricketts Hall
  • Non-members: $20. DABG Members $15
  • A special thanks goes to Wells Fargo Advisors as our presenting sponsor for this event..

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William E Barrick’s love of horticulture came from growing up in Dothan, Alabama in a neighborhood where everyone enjoyed gardening and from his maternal grandfather who at age 100 still tended a 2-acre vegetable garden.  He received a BS in Botany and a MS degree in Horticulture from Auburn University.  After serving the U.S. Army in Vietnam where he earned a Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, he earned his PhD degree in Landscape Horticulture from Michigan State University.

He began his formal career in Horticulture by serving as an Assistant Professor in Ornamental Horticulture at the University of Florida.  He later became the Executive Vice-President and Director of Gardens at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain Georgia and served in that capacity for almost twenty years.  He became the Executive Director of Bellingrath Gardens in November 1999 and continues to serve in that capacity.

He serves his community in many various capacities and has received numerous horticultural awards.  His most recent awards include the Liberty Hyde Bailey Award from the American Horticultural Society and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Agriculture at Auburn University.

Dr Barrick is the author of the American Horticultural Society’s 75 Great American Garden Plants, co-author of the American Horticultural Society’s Southeast Smart Garden Regional Guide and a contributing writer for How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth.


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