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November Meeting - From Vienna to the Triangle: A North Carolina Horticulturist's Austrian Roots with Kata Kress Wallace

  • NC State University Club 4200 Hillsborough Street NC United States (map)
Belvedere Gardens  Photo by  Vienna Reyes  on  Unsplash

Belvedere Gardens
Photo by Vienna Reyes on Unsplash

In this presentation, Austrian horticulturist Kata Kress Wallace will talk about her life as a passionate perennial gardener here in the US and in her home country Austria. Kata’s father, Christian Kress, owns the internationally known nursery, Sarastro Stauden, offering close to 4,000 different hardy, herbaceous perennials on four beautiful acres.  At Sarastro Stauden, cultivation space and gardens are side by side, creating a unique atmosphere for browsing the plant selections. Inspired by her father, Kata loves to share her passion about rare perennials that maintain and expand biological diversity in the horticulture industry. She will be speaking about her father’s unique nursery, where she spent most of her childhood, its history and current vision.

Kata Kress Wallace earned a master’s degree from the University of Vienna and started her career teaching Spanish, geography, and economics. She then discovered her true calling — following in her father’s footsteps to the nursery industry. After six internships and a year as a trainee at Plant Delights Nursery, she took a garden coordinator position at Hoffman Nursery in North Carolina. A year later she moved on to oversee the production team as Production Supervisor. With her teaching background, Kata emphasizes educating and empowering her crew. She’s passionate about herbaceous perennials and loves networking with people, especially plant nerds! 

Ways & Means: All Fall bulb orders will be available for pick up at the General Meeting.

Regular Lunch: Turkey breast with stuffing/gravy, mixed greens salad, baked sweet potato, collard greens, rolls, desserts provided by members, iced tea, coffee, and water

Vegetarian Lunch: Ancient (whole) grains & chick peas, mixed greens salad, baked sweet potato, vegetarian collard greens, rolls, desserts provided by members (probably NOT vegan), iced tea, coffee, and water