11th Annual Gardening Symposium

Our Gardening Symposium webinar was a big success. Many thanks to our speakers and to all our viewers.

After a brief break we will start planning our 12th Annual Symposium in 2022. We look forward to a face-to-face event with our vendors and lots of camaraderie!

These were our 2021 Speakers. Check out their books and webpages.


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.