Date: August 17, 2019

Time: Postponed

Location: Mobile Botanical Gardens


More information will be provided soon.

MBG will welcome Buddy Lee, the inventor of the well known Encore® Azalea! We will also hear form University of South Alabama professor, Dr. Juan Mata, who will explore the unique and fascinating world of fungi.

About Buddy Lee

Robert “Buddy” Lee, the inventor of Encore® Azalea, the world’s best-selling reblooming azalea, has more than 30 years’ experience in nursery management, breeding, propagation, and new plant development.

He currently serves as Director of Plant Innovations for Plant Development Services, the introducers of Encore Azalea, the Southern Living® Plant Collection, and the new Sunset Western Garden Collection.

Buddy has also been active in numerous horticultural groups and presently is serving as board member of IPPS-SR (International Plant Propagators Society – Southern Region) and of the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association. He is past president of The Azalea Society of America.

About Dr. Juan Mata

Dr. Juan Luis Mata is an Associate Professor, and curator of the Fungarium, with the Biology Department of the University of South Alabama. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research background is mycology. Mata’s broad interests are with the taxonomy, systematics, evolution and ecology of mushrooms. Some of his research projects are focused on American shiitake and other wood and leaf-litter decomposing mushrooms from the US Gulf Coast region and Caribbean basin.

This presentation is part of the Marion Deane Drummond Lecture Series which is sponsored in part by the Mobile County Commission, District 2. To see other programs in the series, click here.

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