MSI’s second virtual symposium will be hosted by Dr. Yong-Shik KIM, who is the Director of Chollipo Arboretum in the Republic of Korea. This is a great opportunity to see one of the best arboretums in the world with a great collection of magnolias and listen to six speakers who will share their expert advice and knowledge concerning magnolias. At the conclusion of the last speaker’s remarks there will be a Question and Answer time with a panel of magnolia experts. Below are the details of what you will need to know to register and attend this Symposium.

Date And Time: 
  • USA – April 29 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
  • KOREA – April 30 at 8:00 a.m. Korean Time
  • Our Host: Dr. Yong-Shik Kim
  • Register: online here at
  • Duration: 3 hours

Registration Price: free for members, students and our friends from the Republic of Korea; $40 for non MSI-members with free membership to MSI for a year.

Remember to check your local day and time compared to USA’S (Eastern Daylight Time) AND KOREA’S day and time. There is a 13 hour difference between the Eastern USA Daylight Savings time zone and KOREA as well as a day change due to the International Date Line.

Our Speakers for the Symposium: 

  • Dr. Yong-Shik KIM, Host and Director of Chollipo Arboretum. Dr. Kim has a degree in MSc and a PhD in Forestry. After 34 years teaching and doing research in Yeungnam University, Dr. Kim has been director of the Chollipo Arboretum since 2018. He will introduce us to the beautiful gardens of the Chollipo Arboretum, whose founder was the late Carl Ferris Miller of the USA.
  • Chang-Ho CHOI is the Vice Director of Chollipo Arboretum Foundation. He has been working at the Chollipo Arboretum since 1993. He will be presenting the history of the magnolia collection at the Chollipo Arboretum and magnolias in Korea.
  • Dr. Weibang SUN is a professor of botany and the director of the Kumming Botanical Garden (KBG) and Yunnan Key Laboratory for Integrative Conservation of Plant Species with Extremely Small Populations, Kumming Institute of Botany (KIB), and Chinese Academy of Sciences. He will talk about the magnolias of China and conservation of the threatened species.
  • Professor Sang-Tae KIM is a professor at Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. He has studied the classification, phylogeny, and genomics of magnolia plants for over 25 years since he was a Ph.D. student. He will talk about the recent advances in understanding of the phylogeny and classification of Magnoliaceae.
  • Dr. Tae-Dong KIM is a researcher at the Division of Forest Biotechnology, National Institute of Forest Science in the Republic of Korea. He will discuss magnolia propagation using biotechnology.
  • Professor Jong-Sang SUNG spent 15 years of practice in the field of landscape planning and design and is currently teaching landscape design theories and studio at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Seoul National University. He will introduce us to Korean traditional gardens.

Once you have registered (and/or paid) on the MSI registration site, you will receive an email a day or two before the symposium with a zoom link you will click on the day and time of the symposium. This will get you to the zoom site for the MSI Symposium.

Remember to check your day and time compared to USA’S AND KOREA’S day and time. There is a 13 hour difference between the Eastern USA time zone and KOREA as well as a day change due to the International Date Line.

The event will be recorded and posted for later viewing by those who cannot see the webinar at the time it is broadcast.

Special thanks to the JC Raulston Arboretum for hosting this program.

This is a fabulous opportunity and benefit of membership in our Magnolia Society International.

Click here for a printable PDF about the Symposium.

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