Four Seasons of Gardening - 2015 Spring Conference
Speakers & Presentations:
Join friends and fellow gardeners... for a special day of planning for beautiful and bountiful gardens. This springtime conference is designed to offer exciting ideas to novice, as well as experienced gardeners wanting to improve their landscape, grow fabulous flowers & trees, harvest healthy produce, and attract wildlife & beneficial bugs. Come and be energized by stimulating discussions and exhibits sure to arouse enthusiasm for this coming gardening season. 

               The Licking County Master Gardener Volunteers'  Four Seasons of Gardening Spring Conference  

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                          2015 Four Seasons of Gardening - Spring Conference
Saturday, March 28, 2015
  8:30 am - 4:00 pm

@ C-TEC - Licking County Campus
  The Career & Technology Education Center
150 Price Road, Newark, Ohio 43055

                                                                                     Ticket Price:  $25.00


8:30 - 9:00 Registration & Complimentary Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:25 Welcome & Special Guest Speaker:
                                              Cindy Maravich, Senior Environmental Educator Inniswood Metro Gardens

9:30-10:15 Morning Keynote Speaker:

Al Batt

                             A Life Gone to the Birds
Al Batt of Hartland, Minnesota is a writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist. Al writes humor and nature columns for many newspapers and does regular radio shows about nature. He writes a number of popular cartoon strips that are syndicated nationally and is author of the book, "A Life Gone to the Birds." He is a columnist for "Bird Watcher’s Digest" and writes for a number of magazines and books. He is a trustee of the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines, Alaska. Al hosted TV shows for many years and speaks at various festivals, conferences and conventions all over the world. He has received the Ed Franey Conservation Media Award from the Izaak Walton League, the Thomas Sadler Roberts Award from the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union for lifetime contributions to birding and was recognized by Bluebirds Across Nebraska for outstanding contributions to wildlife conservation. Al speaks to anyone who will listen. His mother thinks he is special. 

10:45-11:30 Session Two / Select One:

       Nancy Borowy
    Worm Compost Bins
Worm Composting - Producing Nutrient Rich Compost                           Nancy is a Master Gardener - Franklin County class of 2014. She enjoys working in the community gardens and being able to see how her love of gardening can help make Columbus beautiful. She has helped in the vegetable gardens for the homeless in downtown Columbus and for those in need in the Westerville area.  In addition she has dedicated her time to Chadwick Arboretum at Ohio State University, the Community gardens at Franklin Park Conservatory and the Heritage Gardens at the Governor’s Residence.
As a speaker, Nancy has presented her knowledge of worm composting at numerous gardening club meetings, public libraries and at Franklin Park Conservatory. Nancy enjoys sharing ways to go green by recycling kitchen and household waste using worms. Nancy loves houseplants and her container gardening using the square foot method.  She enjoys growing green peppers and hot peppers.
Nancy is the owner of which sells worm compost bins, portable greenhouses, self- watering growing containers and soil amendments. The company has been in business since 2013.  Visit their booth at the Columbus Home and Garden show and local farmer’s markets.                                                                                    
    Ned & Mitzie Wilson
    Wilson's Garden Center

                                                        What's New for 2015?
Wilson’s Garden Center grows and sells thousands of kinds of plants. The goal has always been to provide the very best quality possible at a reasonable price. One of the first large greenhouses was built in 1978 and Wilson’s has been growing steadily ever since. Wilson’s now has a total of 28 greenhouses to grow the wide assortment of annuals, perennials, herbs, roses, vegetables, garden mums, Easter lilies, poinsettias, water plants, trees, and shrubs. Many new varieties of plants are trialed in the gardens allowing us to choose what will grow best for our customers. Also, many people, young and old alike, utilize the display gardens as an outdoor learning classroom. Most plants are labeled enabling plant enthusiasts to identify plants in their mature (or near mature) state.

12:00-12:45 Session Three / Select One:

     Jared & Liz Hughes
      Groovy Plants Ranch

                          Succulents: An In-Depth Look at the Gems of the Plant World

If you love succulents or are curious about growing them, you'll want to attend this class. Jared will cover the science of succulents, from selection to planting, to care. Learn how to create eye-catching containers that are incredibly easy to care for, and enjoy countless photos of these unusual and enchanting plants. Plants will be available for sale in the vending area. Jared is the owner of The Groovy Plants Ranch.

                                            Helleborus: Thrillers in the Winter Garden
Unique winter blooming perennials that continue to gain popularity. Jared will cover some of his favorite selections, with plenty of pictures and growing information. Plants will be available for sale in the vending area.                                      

Pam Bennett
State Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator 

Darn, I wish I’d have known that:  Avoid these top gardening mistakes
Pam is the State Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator for Ohio and Horticulture Educator and Director for Ohio State University Extension in Clark County.  She has a BS in Landscape Horticulture and an MS in Human and Community Resource Development from Ohio State University.  Her responsibilities include providing leadership for the OSUE Master Gardener Volunteer program consisting of more than 4,000 volunteers and conducting consumer horticulture educational programs.
Pam specializes in herbaceous ornamental plant trials and evaluates more than 200 varieties of annuals and two genera of ornamental grasses; she presents programs on annuals and perennials as well as other landscape topics locally, statewide, and nationally.  
She is the co-author of the newly-published book
Garden-pedia, An A-to-Z Guide to Gardening Terms, writes a weekly gardening column for the Springfield News and Sun and the Dayton Daily News, authors the bi-monthly Ask the Expert Column for Ohio Gardening magazine and is a frequent writer for popular gardening magazines as well as trade publications.  Pam teaches in Ohio, nationally, and internationally on a variety of horticulture topics ranging from annuals, perennials and woody ornamentals, vegetables, plant diagnostics, to plant maintenance as well as volunteer management topics.  

12:45-1:45 Lunch:  
Included with Admission Ticket

                                                  Lunch Menu:
                                                                                Hot Soups
                                                                                Fresh Garden Salad & Dressings
                                                                                Homemade Bread & Butter
                                                                                Cookies, Cup Cakes
                                                                                Bottled Water, Ice Tea, Sodas
                                                                                Hot Coffee & Hot Tea

1:45-2:30 Session Four / Select One:

         Chris Kline


                                                           Monarch Butterflies

Christopher Kline has studied butterflies throughout the United States since 1997. He is the founder of the Southwest Monarch Study and is a co-founder of the Central Arizona Butterfly Association. Among his many projects is the development of the Butterfly Ridge Butterfly Conservation Center in Hocking County, Ohio.  He is the author of Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants: How to Attract and Identify Butterflies, Butterfly Rider: A Biker’s Year Long Search for Butterflies, and the Tony Spencer Mystery Series.  Kline is currently the Butterfly Specialist at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, Ohio. He resides in Sugar Grove, Ohio with his wife Kris and their three children, two cats, and a yard full of butterflies.

         Jim Roberts
    Watershed Organic

                                                 Rain Gardens & Organic Lawn Care  

With a degree in forestry, Jim brings and understanding of ecological processes to landscaping. Watershed Organic specializes in organic lawn care and offers landscaping services including native plantings, invasive plant removal, urban forest restoration, beautiful stonework and rain gardens.

Watershed Organic has served Central Ohio for over 10 years. Their portfolio includes construction of Edible Schoolyards and Outdoor Learning Environments. In 2010, Watershed is constructing an entire neighborhood of rain gardens, in partnership with Franklin Soil & Water, the City of Westerville, and Urban Wild.  


3:00 - 3:45 Afternoon Keynote Speaker:  

         Bryn Bird

Bryn is a farm girl hailing from a dirt road outside Granville, Ohio.After finishing her master’s in environmental and occupational public health from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, Bryn married her love Brian! Her move to the big city opened this country girl’s eyes to the disconnect between urban and rural communities.With the ability to see both sides, Bryn is now committed to empowering the rural lifestyle while working to develop a strong local food economy in Licking County. Bryn is the co-founder of the Licking County Local Food Council and Licking County 30-Mile Meal project. Bryn and her brother, Lee run their second-generation family operation with 215 annual CSA subscriptions, wholesale markets, and Farm-to-School programs.

3:45-4:00 Raffle Winners Revealed

Thank you for visiting our site.  We hope to see you on Saturday, March 28, 2015


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