Former Southern Living editor, photographer coming to Leland

The members of the Leland-Deer Creek Garden Club will host a fundraising Lunch & Learn event featuring guest speakers Lois & Van Chaplin, former Southern Living magazine garden editor and senior garden photographer. Attendees will also enjoy the featured original botanical and natural science works of artist Janice N. “Honey” Dean. The Lunch & Learn event will be held on Wednesday, February 5, at the Capps Center in Stoneville. Registration and welcome begin at 11:00 a.m. with lunch served at 11:30 a.m.

“We are delighted to be hosting our first Lunch & Learn event and are even more excited about the stellar guest speaker and botanical artist that will be showcased,” said Leland-Deer Creek Garden Club President Marion Dean. “We hope that anyone who loves gardening as much as we do will call to reserve their ticket now because seating is limited. You won’t want to miss this marquee event.”

Lois Trigg Chaplin earned her horticulture and entomology degree from the University of Florida. She spent 13 years at Southern Living magazine as a garden editor. In addition to many other publications, Lois authored the Southerner’s Book of Lists. She also spent seven years as the marketing director for Bonnie Plants.

“I love the business of plants and gardening,” says Lois. “My passion is helping others learn how horticulture can benefit their life. I am blessed to have a great career with some top brands that have allowed me to pursue my passion, first in print, and then digital. I tend to be an early adopter and am open to embracing positive change. My current focus is helping people succeed in growing their own food.”

Van Chaplin earned his art education degrees at the University of Montevallo, The American University of Paris, and the University of Alabama, Birmingham.  Van retired from Southern Living as senior photographer after a successful 32-year career. He now freelances in the Birmingham area.

Janice N. “Honey” Dean is a graduate of the University of Mississippi where she earned degrees in art and English, and Delta State University where she received a doctorate in Education. Since her retirement in 2007, Dr. Dean has concentrated on her career as a botanical artist and natural science illustrator. A member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (the only Mississippi member) and the Jackson Watercolor Group, she shows her work at Montage Marketplace and Lagniappe in Greenville, and Spectacles Gallery in Jackson. Custom Leland-Deer Creek-themed  note cards featuring Dr. Dean’s artwork will be available for purchase.

Tickets for the Lunch & Learn event are $35 per person. All tickets must be reserved in advance by contacting Gwin Cumbaa at 662-378-6286 ( or Anita Minton at 662-822-1775 ( The deadline to reserve tickets is January 29.


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