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Garden Spark: Teresa Speight presentation
Barton Springs Nursery
Austin, TX
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Garden Spark: Teresa Speight presentation
Teresa Speight presents Black Flora: Seeds of Our Ancestors

Description: Teresa Speight, author of Black Flora, a new book about African Americans in the world of floriculture, tells the stories of farmers, florists, and other floral creatives who answered the call of the flowers, tapped into their passion, and listened to their hearts. There is a rich, beautiful, complex, and diverse narrative being told by African Americans and other persons of color in the floral marketplace. It is long past time to recognize their excellence and contributions to cut-flower farming and floristry, as they sow the seeds for the next generation.

Speaker Bio: Author, podcaster, and garden writer Teresa J. Speight is a proud native of Washington, DC, as well as a mother, grandmother, garden writer, and history lover. With ancestral sharecropping roots originating in North and South Carolina, she feels deeply connected with the earth. Shes honored those roots through her work as head gardener for the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia; as a founding farmer of an organic CSA farm; as founder and president of Jabali Amani Garden Collective, an online African American garden club focusing on beautifying urban areas in our communities; and as an estate gardener. Teresa also works to reconnect people with the soil through one-on-one garden coaching and by offering curated garden experiences for small groups.

Teresa is the author of Black Flora: Profiles of Inspiring Black Flower Farmers + Florists and co-author of The Urban Garden: 101 Ways to Grow Food and Beauty in the City. On her podcast Cottage in the Court (available on Anchor or Apple Podcasts), Teresa introduces interesting people, discovers unique places, and adds a little poetry to remind everyone to embrace the garden, as it is here for us.

1. Talks will be held outdoors, weather permitting. In the event of rain, seating will be in the barn at BSN. Pictures of the exterior and interior set-up are attached.

2. If you feel ill on the day of the talk or have recently tested positive for COVID, you're urged to stay home and let Pam know ASAP so that she can try to fill your spot from the waitlist.

GARDEN SPARK is a speaker series on garden design, open by invitation (email gardensparktalks@gmail.com to get on the list) and hosted at Barton Springs Nursery in Austin.

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Photo credits:
Book cover courtesy of BLOOM Imprint
Author photo courtesy of Teresa Speight
Portrait of flower farmer Dee Hall by Lumière Creative Co.
Portrait of floral designer Isha Foss by Eleise Theuer Photography
Floral display by Joy Proctor Design. Photograph by Jose Villa.


Barton Springs Nursery (View)
3601 Bee Cave Road
Austin, TX 78746
United States



Minimum Age: 13
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Garden Spark
On BPT Since: Jan 03, 2017
Pam Penick


The outdoor venue is mostly level and paved with gravel. There are no steps for the outdoor or indoor speaking venue. The gift shop and restroom are accessible via a short flight of steps.

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