Annual Gardening Symposium

Saturday,  March 10, 2018 – SAVE THE DATE!

Loudoun County Master Gardeners present the 8th Annual Gardening Symposium featuring noted speakers, knowledgeable practitioners, plant sellers and vendors of gardening related items.  The Symposium is a good way to get motivated and jump into the spring gardening season with new information and refreshed enthusiasm.  Bring your gardening notebook and/or paper to write down all your ideas – we are saving trees and eliminating our folders.  (Speakers may have handouts).  All registration is online. There is an option to pay by check once registered.

Online Registration Open Mid-January 2018. Everyone must register online.

Registration fees are non-refundable.


$72   Includes your lunch selection (vegetarian option available)Map Location for Annual Symposium
$60   Bring your own lunch


Ida Lee Rec Center 60 Ida Lee Drive
NW Social Hall (to the left and downstairs of the main entrance)
Leesburg, VA 20176

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Schedule (still tbd):

8:15 – 9:00         Check-in, Vendors & Light Refreshments

9:00                     Welcome & Announcements

9:15  – 10:30       

10:45 – 12:00     

12:00 – 1:00        Lunch, Vendors

1:00                     Door Prize Drawings

1:15 – 2:30          

2:45 – 4:00        

4:00                    Closing comments



Professor – University of Delaware

Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. 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 Writer’s Association. Tallamy was awarded the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence in 2013.  Tallamy also co-authored, with Rick Darke, The Living Landscape.


Bringing Nature Home:



Author, Lecturer and Kitchen Garden Designer

Ellen Ecker Ogden, is the author of five books, including From the Cook’s Garden, based on the catalog she co-founded in Vermont, and The Complete Kitchen Garden, which features theme designs for cooks who love to garden. Her kitchen garden and articles have been featured in national magazines, including Eating Well, Horticulture, The Boston Globe, Country Gardens and Martha Stewart Living.

She is dedicated to growing ornamental edibles and has been a guest chef on PBS’s Victory Garden, and HGTV’s Garden Smarts, where she is known as the “baroness of basil.” She combines her love of good food with a background in fine art to create kitchen garden designs that turn work into play.

Ellen’s website:


Horticulturalist, U.S. National Arboretum

Scott Aker is Head of Horticulture and Education at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington DC. He manages curators, technicians, educators, and horticulturists and provides oversight for some of the most notable plant collections in North America.  Scott started the Integrated Pest Management Program at the arboretum in 1992. He’s been managing the National Arboretum’s world-renowned plant collections for 14 years and has also managed the Arboretum’s educational efforts for three years. He earned his Master’s Degree in Horticulture from the University of Maryland and his Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota. A native of the Black Hills of western South Dakota, Aker served for a short time with the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service in Howard County, Maryland after completing his Master’s thesis. Aker wrote Digging In, a weekly garden question and answer column in the Washington Post. He now writes Garden Solutions, a column in The American Gardener..


*  Schedule will be posted throughout symposium area.