Tuesday, September 1, 2015

2015 NC Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association Conference, Sept. 21-22

The 2015 NCEMGVA Conference "Stewards of the Environment" will be held Sept. 21-22, in Cary, NC. The conference is open to all who garden, not just those of the NC Extension Master Gardeners organization. The conference will be at the Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Cary, NC 27513, phone: (919) 677-1840.

The NCEMGVA (North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association) was formed in 1991 to aid in improving the effectiveness of its members as volunteers in the Extension Master Gardener Program of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Since 1979, North Carolina Extension Master Gardeners have been guiding homeowners in making environmentally sound decisions in their gardens. To learn more about becoming an Extension Master Gardener, go to: ncstategardening.org.
2015 Conference Speakers include:
  • Paul James: Monday Night Banquet Keynote Speaker. Paul is a master gardener from Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Known at “The Gardener Guy,” he has been host of the HGTV show, "Gardening By The Yard" since 1996. He is the creator, writer and senior producer and shot almost the entire show in his own backyard.
  • Dr. Damon Waitt: Opening Speaker. Dr. Waitt is the New Director of the NC Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill, and was formerly from the Lady Bird Johnston Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. 
  • Adrienne Roethling: Closing Speaker. Roethling is the popular Garden Curator at the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden in Kernersville, NC.
Breakout Sessions by NC Gardening Experts:
  • Ecology and Natural Remedies  
  • Using the 3 Rs for Sustainable Gardening 
  • Out of the Sandbox, Into the Garden 
  • Weathering Our Changeable Weather 
  • A Gardener Saved Tolkien’s World 
  • Return of the Natives 
  • Create a Pollinator Paradise 
  • Composting with (Squirmy) Friends 
  • The Ecology of Better Backyards for Birds 
  • Write Your Way to a Thriving Garden Basket
For more information and to register, go to: ncmgva.camp8.org/event-1951929.

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