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 in February 2018

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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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, where he has authored eighty research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, and other courses for thirty-two 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 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:




*  Schedule will be posted throughout symposium area.