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
Join Us: "Backyards Matter"
2016 Four Seasons of Gardening - Spring Conference
Saturday, April 2, 2016
8:15 am - 4:00 pm
@ C-TEC - Licking County Campus
The Career & Technology Education Center
150 Price Road, Newark, Ohio 43055
9:00-10:00 Keynote: Jim & Mary Competti, Old World Garden
"Growing Simple" in Our Backyard
Jim & Mary Competti, Old World Garden
Their experience developing Old World Gardens Farm, dedicated to gardening, cooking, canning and a DIY approach to life. Their new book, Growing Simple, will be published in March 2016. email@example.com
10:30-12:00 Plenary Session I:
Ohio Pollinator Habit Initiative (and Million Pollinator Garden Initiative)
Lori Stevenson, Ohio Private Lands State Coordinator, U.S.Fish & Wildlife Service
The significance of the Initiative, its potential impact, and how to link our gardens to it!
Plant a Seed & A Bird Will Come
Speaker: Tom Hissong, Audubon Society, Ohio Chapter The importance of considering birds when we plant small or large areas of our 'baclyards'.
The Nature of Urban Landscape
Speaker: Cheryl Harner, "weedpicker's journal" blogger Providing a little landscape history, using natives in landscape and why they are important.
12:00-1:00 Lunch: Included with Admission
Lunch Menu: Hot Soups Fresh Garden Salad & Dressings Homemade Bread & Butter Cookies, Cup Cakes Bottled Water, Ice Tea, Sodas
Hot Coffee & Hot Tea
1:00-2:30 Plenary Session II:
Do we Really SEE Our Backyards?
Daniel Caron, Nature Photographer
From the medium of nature photography, we will get in touch with the ordinary and extraordinary around us, right in our own back yards! Your vision will never be the same!
The Arc of Appalachia - Preserving the Arc of Biodiversity
Nancy Henry Stranahan, Director, Arc of Appalachia Preserve System
This program tours some of the Arc of Appalachia's seventeen preserves, helping listeners discover the wealth of native plants and animals, and uplifting landscapes; and seeing how our backyard forests are connected to something larger, and what we can do to be an active steward of them.
2:45 - 3:45 Plenary Session III:
What's New for 2016?
Introduction to new annuals and perennials for the 2016 growing season.
Re-creating Our Backyards - They Matter!
Jennifer Kleinrichert & Steve Ross, "The Common Milkweed" Wildflower Farm
Their experiences developing their farm built on commitment to wildlife restoration and natives.
3:45-4:00 Adjourn; Turn in Conference Evaluation Forms. Raffle Winners: pick up your items (posted on board in Foyer Circle)
Thank you for visiting our site. We hope to see you on Saturday, April 2, 2016
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