Annual Gardening Symposium

Saturday,  March 21, 2020 

2020 Speakers (Detailed information to follow. Check back in the winter.)

Dennis Dimick – retired journalist and photography editor with the National Geographic.  With a focus on the collision between human aspiration and the planet, his National Geographic work included orchestrating major magazine projects on energy, climate change, soil conservation, global freshwater, world population, and the future of food security. Dimick lectures on the emerging Human Age or Anthropocene epoch.

Sam Droege – wildlife biologist at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, part of the US Geological Survey. He is widely published in journals and has been the editor of numerous government publications on birds and insects. His work cataloging and photographing bees has been featured by NPR, The Weather Channel, and the National Wildlife Federation, as well as in numerous publications including Wired, the Wall Street Journal, and Popular Science.

Ira Wallace – a seed saver, an educator, and the essential intellectual and physical energy behind Southern Exposure Seed Exchange—one of the country’s best known and most respected sources for heirloom and open-pollinated seeds organic seeds.  Wallace serves on the boards of the Organic Seed Alliance, the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming. She also writes about heirloom vegetables and seed saving for magazines and blogs including Mother Earth News, and Fine Gardening. 

Ginger Woolrich – a trained landscape architect and garden consultant, Woolridge is co-author with Tony Dove of Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States: The Guide to Creating a Sustainable Landscape. This authoritative catalog of 85 native species highlights the attributes of native plants and their importance in the food web. The book was praised by Doug Tallamy as “an important new tool to our native plant libraries.”  


$70   Includes your lunch selection (vegetarian option available)
$60   Bring your own lunch

Where (new venue)

Leesburg Community Church
835 Lee Ave SW 
Leesburg, VA 20175

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