$90 per person Regular Registration
$80 per person Early Registration (prior to January 3)
$100 per person Late Registration (after March 1)
8:00-8:30 Check-in; light refreshments
8:30-12:30 Morning Sessions
12:30-1:30 Catered Lunch
1:30-4:00 Afternoon Sessions
Best Western Inn & Conference Center
109 Apple Tree Lane
Waynesboro, VA 22980
Need to spend the night? A block of rooms have been reserved for Thursday, March 23, 2017. Make your reservations prior to March 2, 2017 and mention Garden Symposium to receive a discounted rate of $89.99 for your room.
Williams Brother Tree & Lawn Service
Bartlett Tree Experts
Fly Home Birdhouses
Join us as we present A Gardener's Palette. We'll dip your brush in a variety of topics: permaculture, food, art, natives, and new selections. The event offers something for everyone from novice home gardener to experienced horticulturist. In the end, we'll have a canvas filled with colors and perspectives to consider and put in practice.
Proceeds from the event support our horticulture department's Bloom Program.
A Chickadee's Guide to Gardening
In the past, we have designed our landscapes strictly for our own pleasure, with no thought to how they might impact the natural world around us. Although aesthetically pleasing, not all selections contribute to the ecosystem in the same way. Using chickadees and other wildlife as guides, Tallamy will show how plants which evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants evolving elsewhere. In the process, he shows how sharing our landscapes with other living things will not reduce our pleasurable garden experiences, but enhance them.
Ephemeral Bamboo Sculpture: Building Community and Art in the Garden
Will Hooker is recognized as an accomplished sculptor, building mostly ephemeral bamboo structures with students and community groups in NC, SC, and Australia. Will started building the bamboo sculptures to entertain his then infant daughter. When he saw the impact of the sculptures, he decided to use it as a method to teach his design/build students in the Department of Horticulture at NC State University the steps in the construction process. As it turned out, these projects also revealed themselves as a wonderful way to create a solid bonding in any community.
Permaculture: A Sustainable Living Methodology
Seeking a stronger message to teach ecologically based design in the Department of Horticulture at NC State University, Will discovered permaculture, the design method where ecologies are consciously created which will provide food, water, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs. During a sabbatical study leave, Will and his family visited and worked in over 100 permaculture settings in eleven nations. When they returned they began converting their home landscape into an urban permaculture model which is now internationally recognized. Will's talk will describe what his family created at their Raleigh, NC home.
The Art of Growing Food: Creative Garden Design for Cooks
Take the mystery out of growing an edible garden, and learn how to simplify the design process and organize for beauty and productivity. As an artist, cook, and gardener, Ellen shares the true meaning of a kitchen garden, and how it opens the senses- both in the garden and in the kitchen- with her six steps to success.
New and Exciting Trees and Shrubs for the Forward Thinking Gardener
Each year hundreds of new species, varieties, and cultivars of plants are introduced into commerce. These choice plants offer superior flowers, foliage, fruit, vigor, and cultural adaptability. This lecture will focus on the newest and most promising selections of trees and shrubs for the gardeners with a true appreciation for the best and brightest plants available.
Doug is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 84 research publications and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, Insect Ecology, and other courses for 34 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence.
Will was raised near Lake Ontario in NY, obtained an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from SUNY College of Forestry at Syracuse University in 1967, and a master's degree from NC State University in 1979. In the years between the two degrees, he practiced in professional offices in Raleigh, NC, Durham, NC, and San Francisco, California, obtaining his LA License in NC in 1975. Will is currently an Emeritus Professor, retired from the NC State Horticulture Department where he taught small-scale garden design for 34 ½ years in a nationally renowned program which he built and oversaw starting in 1979. He was recognized for his excellence in teaching by being inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NC State, has been involved in award-winning landscape designs in private practice outside the university, and is also recognized as an accomplished sculptor. In 1995, pursing his interest in ecologically based, sustainable development, Will became certified as a Permaculture designer, and has since achieved recognition for his work in sustainable practices from NC State University, the City of Raleigh, and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Will’s mission and contribution to permaculture design is to bring beauty as well as productiveness to each space and place with which he works.