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URI Master Gardener Symposium “Gardening Smart with Spectacular Results”
March 11 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm$75
The 2017 URI Master Gardener Symposium will likely become another sell-out, following in the path of last year’s highly successful program. This one-day annual symposium includes keynote speakers, a panel discussion and great food. The highlights of the March 11th program feature the expertise of the following dynamic keynote speakers:
Claudia West: So you think Natives are weedy and messy? This lecture debunks this myth and explores the aesthetic value of native plants and their highly attractive cultivars. You will be fascinated by the range of colors and textures found in our native flora. Numerous design examples and plant combinations demonstrate the beauty, elegance and diversity created through a sense of place, using regionally appropriate native plants in the landscape. We will explore how native species grow in the wild and translate this knowledge into powerful design principles for your landscape. Enjoy and be inspired!
Kelly Orzel: While kitchen gardens, or potagers, not only look lovely, they also provide fresh cut flowers and tasty fruits and vegetables throughout the season. It is a practice that combines old-fashioned, organic growing techniques with the artistry of the cottage garden. Learn how simple it is to be a successful organic, kitchen gardener! We will discuss vegetable patch and plant bed designs, preparing your soil, and getting the most out of your space with a focus on organic growing practices. Along the way Kelly will share the secrets to growing beefy heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers and delicious herbs.
Tim Boland: Restore your sanity and take back your garden! Invasive plants alter the structure and function of natural ecosystems and are a nuisance in our home landscapes. Join Tim as he outlines several of the most aggressive invasive plants within the Northeast and native plant alternatives you can grow. Tim will also discuss best management practices he uses in his home garden and at the Polly Hill Arboretum to limit and control invasive plants.