Annual Gardening Symposium

Saturday,  March 21, 2020 

2020 Speakers 

Ginger Woolridge, Landscape architect, garden consultant, and writer.
Woody Natives: Making Quick, and Confident Decisions
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, published in 2018.  This authoritative catalog of 85 native species highlights the attributes of native plants and their importance in the food web. The author will discuss the resilience of natives trees and shrubs in the face of changing climate.

Ira Wallace, Worker/owner of the cooperative Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Grow Great Vegetables in Virginia
Learn tips and techniques for growing garden-fresh salad greens, vine ripened tomatoes, crisp green peppers and dozens of other delicious edibles year-round in your Virginia garden. Ira will cover soil building, planting dates, succession sowing, mulch, managing water, selecting the best varieties and more for abundant harvests across the state. 

Sam Droege, Wildlife Biologist at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USGS 
Native Bees Up Close
Sam will introduce us to the native bees of our area, their fascinating habits, the plants that they prefer, and how to make your property welcoming to native bees. Same is widely published in journals and has been the editor of numerous government publications on birds and insects. He is widely published in journals and has been the editor of numerous government publications on birds and insects. He is a frequent speaker and gave a June 2017 Ted Talk on native bees.

Dennis Dimick, Retired journalist and Photography editor, National Geographic 
Living in the Human Age
Dennis’ work with National Geographic has included orchestrating major projects on energy, climate change, soil conservation, global freshwater, world population, and the future of food security.  Dimick lectures on the emerging Human Age; his new Eyes on Earth project with photographer Jim Richardson emphasizes seeing the Anthropocene and its meaning.

Where (new venue)

Leesburg Community Church
835 Lee Ave SW 
Leesburg, VA 20175

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Symposium Schedule on March 21

8:15 – 9:05          Check-in, Vendors & Light Refreshments
9:05                     Welcome & Announcements
9:15 – 10:30        Ginger Woolridge
10:30 – 10:45      Break
10:45 – 12:00      Ira Wallace
12:00 – 1:00        Lunch, Vendors
1:00                      Door Prize Drawings
1:15 – 2:30          Sam Droege
2:30 – 2:45           Break
2:45 – 4:00           Dennis Dimick


Registration Opens February 1
This Symposium is sure to sell out as it did last year. Buy your tickets early! A link to the online registration will be available here on Feb 1.

Tickets prices:

$72 with lunch included
(4 options from Panera including a vegetarian option)

Or, $60 bring your own lunch

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