Connecticut Master Gardener Association Annual Symposium at Conn College March 18th

The Connecticut Master Gardener Association’s (CMGA) 24th annual symposium will be held on Saturday, March 18th. The symposium will focus on sustainable and more care-free landscapes. The theme of this year’s conference is Landscape by Design or Not.

Date/Times: Saturday; registration 8 a.m., program 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: Crozier-Williams Building, Connecticut College, New London

Cost: $65 for CMGA members and their guests, $85 for the public; includes lunch and conference goodie bag

Breakfast and buffet luncheon will be provided.

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Walk-ins welcomed

Connecticut Master Gardener Association Annual Symposium

Keynote Speaker

Julie Moir Messervy is principal designer of JMMDS, a landscape architecture and design firm in Saxtons River, Vermont, creators of parks and residential gardens around the country. Her best-known work, the three acre Toronto Music Garden, was designed in collaboration
with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Julie’s vision for composing landscapes of beauty and meaning is furthering the evolution of landscape design and changing the way people create and enjoy their outdoor surroundings.

She is author of eight books on landscape design as well as a Home Outside design service to bring great design to anyone, anywhere. Julie’s lecture LANDSCAPING IDEAS THAT WORK will pr ovide a host of visual ideas as well as design tips, before and after images, case studies, and essential information to initiate the process from thinking ‘big picture’ about your property down to the details. Upon review of a wide range of projects, you’ll come away with more knowledge about how to create comfortable living spaces in the out-of-doors.

You don’t have to be a Master Gardener or a CMGA member to attend the symposium. But membership, which is open to Certified Master Gardeners, has its benefits. The $20 annual dues gets you discounts at several independent garden centers across the state, a newsletter, and a reduced rate for this conference. Funds generated by CMGA go to support the Master Gardener program, including scholarships for students and grants to Master Gardeners seeking assistance on community outreach projects.

Garden Displays and Vendors

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Conn College Arboretum, UConn’s Home and Garden Center, the National Wildlife Federation and Connecticut Cactus and Succulent Society will feature garden displays. Vendors include Ballek’s Garden Center, Broken Arrow Nursery and horticultural scanner photography art by Ellen Hovercamp. Don’t forget to pick up a free gardener’s goodie bag, seeds and other materials donated by Connecticut-based companies.

The day closes with Bill Cullina’s lecture on serene and sensuous plants for the garden. Cullina, executive director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and formerly with New England Wildflower Society, has written five acclaimed horticultural reference books on plants.

Closing Speaker

Bill Cullina, Executive Director, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a popular lecturer and teacher for the garden, conservation and professional horticultural groups in the US and Canada. He has written five acclaimed horticultural references on subjects ranging from wildflowers, native trees, shrubs and vines, growing woody plants, understanding orchids, native ferns, moss and grasses and understanding perennials. His numerous awards for the advancement of horticulture include the Scott medal for lifetime achievement in horticulture. Bill’s lecture FROM EMERALD CARPET TO AMBER WAVE: SERENE AND SENSUOUS PLANTS FOR THE GARDEN will intr oduce some of his favorite texturally rich and visually delectable native ferns, grasses and sedges. Though we tend to focus on color, it is form and texture that really create spaces and give them tone and mood. Gardens and landscapes are fusions of form, color and texture. The
three act in concert to create spaces, moods and aesthetic

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