11th Annual Gardening Symposium

Due to COVID-19, we will be holding a virtual Symposium.  Join us for a full day of online inspiration, information and insight!

This webinar will be recorded so you can watch all of it, some of it, or none of it on Saturday, March 20 and then access the recording for a 10 day period after the event.

Saturday,  March 20, 2021 


Registration for the Symposium is now open. The registration fee of $40 helps offset the costs to produce this educational program.


Ginger Woolridge, Landscape architect, garden consultant, and writer
Woody Natives: Making Quick and Confident Choices
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.

William Cullina, F. Otto Haas Executive Director, Morris Arboretum, University of Pennsylvania
Sugar, Sex, and Poisons: Shocking Plant Secrets Caught on Camera
Cullina has extensive experience in public garden leadership, fundraising, education, and horticulture, and is a well-known author and lecturer. He is an authority on North American native plants and has won several awards, including an Award of Excellence for advancing the goals of the National Garden Clubs of America.

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, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USGS 
Introduction to the Native Bees of the Mid Atlantic
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. Sam is widely published in journals and has been the editor of numerous government publications on birds and insects. Currently his team is running an inventory and monitoring program for native bees and producing public domain hi-resolution photographs of bees, insects, and flowers @USGSBIML. 

Garden Symposium Schedule

9:00 – 9:15Welcome and Announcements
9:15 – 10:30Ginger Woolridge
Woody Natives: Making Quick and Confident Choices
10:30 – 10:45Break
10:45 – 12:00William Cullina
Sugar, Sex, and Poisons: Shocking Plant Secrets Caught on Camera
12:00 – 12:30         Lunch
12:30 – 1:45Ira Wallace
Grow Great Vegetables in Virginia
1:45 – 2:00Break
2:00 – 3:15Sam Droege
Introduction to the Native Bees of the Mid Atlantic