Four Seasons of Gardening - 2016 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  

                     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

                                                                                  Registration:  $35.00
 / Day of Conference

8:15 - 8:45 Registration & Complimentary Continental Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 Welcome & Opening Comments:

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.

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!
Million Pollinator Garden Initiative

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 'backyards'.

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:
                                                                                Homemade Hot Soups*
                                                                                Spring Mix Garden Salad & Dressings
                                                                                Cracker Medley
                                                                                Bottled Water, Ice Tea, Lemonade
                                                                                Hot Coffee & Hot Tea
* Vegetarian and Gluten Free Options Available

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!
Daniel Caron's Photography

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.
The Arc of Appalachia


2:45 - 3:45  Plenary Session III:  

What's New for 2016?
Ned Wilson, Wilson Garden Center, Newark
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.
The Common Milkweed 

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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