Lancaster County Master Gardeners Symposium
Saturday, April 9th
7:30 - 3:30 pm
Farm and Home Center
1383 Arcadia Road
7:30 AM Doors Open; Continental Breakfast
Gardeners’ Marketplace 8:30 AM
Welcome 8:45 AM
Growing the Best Tomatoes and Peppers Ever!
Few are born growing great tomatoes and bell peppers, but everyone can aspire to that lofty height. Penn State Horticulture Educator Steve Bogash will talk about gardening practices that will make anyone and everyone a better grower. Whether you are just getting started or have years of experience, there will be something for every gardener in “Growing the Best Tomatoes and Peppers Ever!” Speakers: Steve Bogash
9:45 AM Making Your Small Garden a Big Deal
Even a small garden or small space within a larger garden can make a big impact. This talk focuses on the basic principles of design: line, shape, texture and scale as well as repetition, focus and balance. It will include plant recommendations and pitfalls to avoid when planning on a small scale. Speaker Emma Seniuk is in charge of cut-flower beds as well as other gardens at the beautiful Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne, PA.
Speakers: Emma Seniuk
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM Where the Wild Things Grow
This presentation explores invasive plants: why they grow where they do, what you should do to control an invasion, and suggestions for ecologically-friendly alternatives in the home garden. Annette MaCoy is the Consumer Horticulture Extension Educator and Master Gardener Coordinator for Penn State Extension in Cumberland County. She has been a Master Gardener volunteer since 1992. Speakers: Annette MaCoy
12:00 PM Shopping
12:15 PM Lunch
Breakout Sessions - Select One
Everything You Know about Compost Is Wrong!
Many people get into composting because they want to recycle their kitchen scraps. But a compost bin filled with kitchen scraps will still just be just that a year later (and those scraps will not have improved in appearance one bit!) The author of the best-selling Mike McGrath’s Book of Compost will reveal which ingredients are the best fuel for the fire, three common additions that actually work against you, why layering your piles is the worst thing to do, why not to turn your pile, and more!
Speakers: Mike McGrath
1:15 PM Master Gardeners’ Top Ten Tips
In this fast-paced session, Lancaster County Master Gardeners share their expertise on an assortment of home-gardening topics:
Container Gardening – Chris Abel
Butterfly Gardening – Holly List
Gardening with Kids –George DiIlio
1:15 PM Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve's Spring Ephemerals
Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve is a true Lancaster County treasure. In early spring hillsides begin their waves of emerging spring ephemerals: hepatica, Dutchman’s breeches, spring beauties, bloodroot, Virginia bluebells, and the pride of Shenk’s Ferry —trilliums. Speaker Jacqueline Doyle will present photographs of this spring wildflower phenomenon, once a common sight along East Coast riversides, and relate Native and Early American uses and folklore of the plants. Jacqueline is owner of Doyle’s Farm Nursery. Speakers: Jacqueline Doyle
2:30 PM If You Can’t Give Your Plants Sun, Give Them . . .
Unless you live on an empty lot, your garden will inevitably include some shady areas. But is there life in the shade beyond groundcovers? In characteristic lighthearted style Mike McGrath will offer solutions for light-deprived areas, touching on such matters as assessing the actual amount of shade, replacing nutrients pilfered by tree roots, and recommended plants that turn a problem area into a serene respite from the sun. Mike McGrath is host of Public Radio’s “You Bet Your Garden” and Garden Editor for WTOP news radio. Speakers: Mike McGrath
3:30 PM Closing Remarks, Gardeners’ Marketplace open until 4:00
The following Topics are eligible for 3 PCH CEUs;
~Making your Small Garden a Big Deal
~Where the Wild Things Grow
~If you can't give your Plants Sun, Give them...
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
For more information, and to register, click here: LANCASTER COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS SYMPOSIUM
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