2017 Gardening Symposium

THE URI MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM PRESENTS A GARDENING SYMPOSIUM, SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017

Gardening Smart with Spectacular Results

The URI Master Gardener Program is pleased to bring you Gardening Smart with Spectacular Results, a delightful one-day gardening conference designed for those who want to learn more about creating beautiful and sustainable outdoor gardens.

Please join us at the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences on URI’s Kingston Campus. The facility is accessible to all and the symposium is open to everyone.

Online registration for the 2017 Gardening Symposium is now closed.  If you would like to register the day-of the event, please call the office at 401-874-2900 to make arrangements.

Please call 401.874.2900 or email outreach@uri.edu with any questions.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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!

Claudia West: WILD AND NEAT: NATIVE PLANTS THAT BRIDGE THE GAP

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!

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.

KELLY ORZEL: THE ORGANIC KITCHEN GARDEN
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.
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 Boland 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.

TIM BOLAND: TURNING THE TIDE ON INVASIVE PLANTS
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 Boland 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.

Q & A PANEL DISCUSSION

This session is devoted to a lively discussion on issues that gardeners find relevant. Participants submit questions to keynote speakers Claudia West, Kelly Orzel and Tim Boland following each of their presentations. Focus will be on subjects presented throughout the symposium as well as topical areas of expertise for our panelists.

PROGRAM

7:30 – 8:30Registration & Coffee & Educational Booths
8:45 – 9:00Opening Remarks
9:00 – 10:15Claudia West Wild and Neat: Native Plants That Bridge the Gap
10:15 – 10:30Break | Book Signing
10:30 –11:45Kelly Orzel The Organic Kitchen Garden
  
11:45 –1:00Lunch / Book Signing / Educational Booths
1:00 – 2:15Tim Boland Turning the Tide on Invasive Plants
2:15 – 3:15Q & A Panel Discussion Claudia West, Kelly Orzel and Tim Boland
3:15Closing Remarks

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