Garden Symposium

The URI Master Gardener Program presents: Creating a Resilient Garden

The URI Master Gardener Program is pleased to bring you Creating a Resilient Garden, an engaging one-day gardening symposium designed for those who want to learn more about creating beautiful and environmentally-sound gardens. The sessions will help you DESIGN resilient gardens, DISCOVER herb gardening, and DECODE the truth about garden remedies.   Educating and entertaining their audiences, these three keynote speakers are accomplished specialists in their fields and possess a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Please join us as the symposium is open to gardeners of all skill levels – from novice to expert!

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TOPICS & SPEAKERS

Beauty, Integrity, Resilience: Can a Garden Have Everything? by C. Colston Burrell

Do our gardening practices have a negative impact on the environment? Can we make a difference by changing the way we approach design, plant choice, planting techniques and maintenance regimes? How do we meet our aesthetic goals while providing the structure and resources necessary to maintain the insects and birds we love? Can we create healthy habitat with a mixture of native and exotic plants? We’ll explore these topics in relation to sustainability, aesthetics and ecosystem function.

Bloom Where You Are Planted: A Medley of Herbal Ideas by Linda A.Fleming

Learn everything you have ever wanted to know about growing and using herbs.  Seed starting, seed saving, growing, propagation, and harvesting, as well as Linda’s favorite herb garden design, will be presented.  Linda will share wonderful herbal ideas and recipes for entertaining. There will be a “hands on” lesson for herbal vinegars.  Topics such as her love affair with scented geraniums as pass-along plants, herb topiary instructions and handmade seed packets will be included.

The Truth About Garden Remedies by Jeff Gillman

From beer used as fertilizer to baking soda for powdery mildew, there is no shortage of amazing cabinet cures for whatever ails your garden, but which of these cures actually work and which don’t?  In this talk we will take a look at many of the most common cabinet cures from all over and discuss which ones work, which ones don’t and why.

About the Speakers

Cole is an acclaimed lecturer, garden designer and photographer. An author of 12 gardening books, Cole has twice won the American Horticulture Society Book Award. A certified chlorophyll addict, Cole is an avid lifelong plantsman, gardener and naturalist. He is a popular lecturer internationally on topics of design, plants and ecology, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with professional and amateur audiences for 40 years. He escorts garden and natural history tours throughout the United States and abroad, and is a principal of Native Landscape Design and Restoration, which specializes in blending nature and culture through artistic design. In 2008 Cole received the Award of Distinction from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for his work promoting sustainable gardening practices.   He gardens on 10 wild acres in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

C. Colston Burrell
Cole is an acclaimed lecturer, garden designer and photographer. An author of 12 gardening books, Cole has twice won the American Horticulture Society Book Award. A certified chlorophyll addict, Cole is an avid lifelong plantsman, gardener and naturalist. He is a popular lecturer internationally on topics of design, plants and ecology, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with professional and amateur audiences for 40 years. He escorts garden and natural history tours throughout the United States and abroad, and is a principal of Native Landscape Design and Restoration, which specializes in blending nature and culture through artistic design. In 2008 Cole received the Award of Distinction from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for his work promoting sustainable gardening practices. He gardens on 10 wild acres in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
Linda is a “hands on” lifetime gardener who holds T.S. Eliot’s quote “home is where we start from” close to her heart.  Her lectures include her stories of Oklahoma, family, friends and her passion for all things gardening. As a University of Connecticut Master Gardener, a past contributor to Connecticut Gardener Magazine, a Connecticut Unit member of the Herb Society of America and the Westport Garden Club, she has been lecturing in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Vermont and Utah for over 20 years. Linda spent many years introducing young children to gardening in the school she started in Park City, Utah. During the cold winter months, Linda and her students would grow all kinds of herbs (especially scented geraniums) in the sunny windowsills of the classroom.  Currently, Linda is writing a book entitled BORAGE AND BEES - an herbal journey full of photographs, stories and down-to earth gardening advice.

Linda A. Fleming
Linda is a “hands on” lifetime gardener who holds T.S. Eliot’s quote “home is where we start from” close to her heart. Her lectures include her stories of Oklahoma, family, friends and her passion for all things gardening. As a University of Connecticut Master Gardener, a past contributor to Connecticut Gardener Magazine, a Connecticut Unit member of the Herb Society of America and the Westport Garden Club, she has been lecturing in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Vermont and Utah for over 20 years. Linda spent many years introducing young children to gardening in the school she started in Park City, Utah. During the cold winter months, Linda and her students would grow all kinds of herbs (especially scented geraniums) in the sunny windowsills of the classroom. Currently, Linda is writing a book entitled BORAGE AND BEES – an herbal journey full of photographs, stories and down-to earth gardening advice.
Jeff is the Director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens and a former Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota.  He is also the author of five books and a Contributing Editor to Fine Gardening Magazine.  With a Ph.D. in horticulture and a Master's degree in entomology, Jeff has spent the better part of his career investigating all of the different techniques that people use to grow plants and control pests.

Jeff GIllman
Jeff is the Director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens and a former Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota. He is also the author of five books and a Contributing Editor to Fine Gardening Magazine. With a Ph.D. in horticulture and a Master’s degree in entomology, Jeff has spent the better part of his career investigating all of the different techniques that people use to grow plants and control pests.