Emmy-winning nature show host to speak at horticulture society

Patrick McMillan will be guest speaker at Monday's Charleston Horticultural Society meeting.

The host of an Emmy Award-winning ETV nature program will be the speaker at the annual meeting of the Charleston Horticultural Society at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Charleston Museum.

Patrick McMillan, host of ETV's "Expeditions with Patrick McMillan," will talk about the conservation and restoration efforts being made at the South Carolina Botanical Garden and its showcase, The Natural Heritage Garden, which was nearly destroyed by severe flooding in July 2013.

McMillan also is director the botanical garden and a faculty member at Clemson University's School of Agriculture, Forestry and Environmental Science.

The Natural Heritage Garden is a unique habitat garden that incorporates all the ecological features found in the state's native habitats in an expansive setting. Following the flood and its $500,000 worth of infrastructure damage, efforts by architects, artists, bioengineers and landscape architects have rebuilt the garden and it is starting to flourish again.

Prior to McMillan's lecture, the society will present the 1830 Award, its highest honor, to an "unsuspecting guest" at the meeting for his or her contributions to horticultural excellence in the Lowcountry.

The medal is three-dimensional, sculpted in high relief and is composed of approximately eight ounces of die cast .999 fine silver. The significance of 1830 is that it was the year the society was first incorporated.

The last time the society presented the award was in 2013 when landscape architect and past society board president and founding member Sheila Wertimer received it.

Monday's meeting is open to the public. It is free to society members and $15 for guests. A reception will follow.

For more information, go to http://chashortsoc.org.

Reach David Quick at 937-5516.