Lecture Series

Ticket Information

Contact Nancy Morrow at morrownancyj [at] gmail [dot] com for tickets to the lecture series. 

Tickets are $50 each. 

Cary Fowler and Amy Goldman Fowler

Cary Fowler

Saturday, April 14, 10:00am | Hughes Pavilion 

Cary Fowler is an American agriculturalist and a native Memphian, who attended White Station High School and Rhodes College. He graduated from Simon Fraser University in Canada, and received a PhD from Uppsala University in Sweden. Mr. Fowler was a professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, at the University of California - Davis, and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. He oversaw the UN’s first global assessment of plant genetic resources. From 2005-2012, he served as the Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust. The Trust’s mandate is to “ensure the conservation and availability of crop diversity for food security worldwide." He is known as the “father” of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault near the North Pole. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Rhodes College Board of Trustees. Mr. Fowler’s book Seeds on Ice: Svalbard and the Global Seed Vault was awarded the 2016 Nautilus Book Award Medal for best book in the Ecology/Environment category.

Amy Goldman High Res


Amy Goldman Fowler is a gardener, author, artist, philanthropist, and well-known advocate for seed saving, plant breeding, and heirloom fruits and vegetables. Ms. Fowler is described as “perhaps the world’s premier vegetable gardener.” Her mission is to celebrate and catalogue the magnificent diversity of standard, open pollinated varieties, and to promote their conservation. Ms. Fowler is the author of four award-winning books: Melons for the Passionate Grower (2002); The Compleat Squash: A Passionate Grower's Guide to Pumpkins, Squashes, and Gourds (2004); The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table (2008); and Heirloom Harvest: Modern Daguerreotypes of Historic Garden Treasures (2015). She serves on the Board of the New York Botanical Garden; and as a Special Advisor to the Seed Savers Exchange.

Bill Schaeffer & Kristine Kratt

Bill Shaeffer High Res

Saturday, April 14, 2:00pm | Hughes Pavilion 

Bill Schaffer AIFD, AAF, PFCI and Kristine Kratt AIFD, PFCI are the owners of Schaffer Designs. Bill is a third generation floral designer from Philadelphia, and Kris grew up in the floral industry of Northern California. Flowers led to Bill and Kris’ first meeting while serving on AIFD’s Membership Committee. Their budding courtship was shared with their floral friends as they were engaged on the main stage at an AIFD Symposium, and later married at the Philadelphia Flower Show. The couple specializes in event design, education, showroom and trade show design, and overseas product development. They are recognized experts in U.S. Floral Color & Trend Marketing. They are monthly contributors to both Florists Review and Super Floral Magazines as Trend reporters and also as Special Event designers. Bill and Kris are cutting-edge creators of “floral-sharing” opportunities through their award-winning, BestIn-Show exhibits at the Philadelphia Flower Show and numerous commissioned floral art installations. They are authors of Taking the Flower Show Home.