2020 Gardeners’ Conference sponsored by the Davidson County Extension Master Gardeners that is slated for Feb. 6
Registration is now open for the 2020 Gardeners’ Conference sponsored by the Davidson County Extension Master Gardeners that is slated for Feb. 6, 2020. This education-packed annual conference, open to the public, aims to provide ideas, inspiration and educational opportunities for all plant and nature lovers. This will be the ninth consecutive year that the Davidson County Extension Master Gardeners have organized this one-day event which features an array of vendors, morning refreshments and lunch as well as the educational sessions.
Two main speakers and two concurrent sessions are offered. Participants may choose from five different topics for the concurrent sessions.
Horticulturist Bryce Lane, NCSU professor, and host of the three-time Emmy winning UNC-TV show “In the Garden with Bryce Lane” for 11 seasons will be the keynote speaker for the 2020 conference. Bryce’s topic for the closing session will be “Landscapes that Save the World: The Importance of Biodiversity in the Garden.” Bryce will explain how gardeners can use principles of biodiversity to help conquer today’s gardening challenges including climate change, storm water run-off, invasive plants, wildlife protection, pest control and more.
Also headlining the event will be Ted Stevens, co-owner of Nurseries Caroliniana, a wholesale and retail nursery specializing in rare and unusual plants in North Augusta, SC. He travels around the world looking for new species and cultivars to introduce to Deep South U.S. horticulture. Ted’s topic is entitled “New and Fascinating Plants for Southern Gardens.” He will explore the culture of native and exotic plants and suggest where each may best be sited in the landscape.
During the concurrent sessions, participants may choose from several topics including “Encouraging Beneficial Insects in the Garden”, “Capturing Rain in your Garden”, “Growing an Edible Landscape for the Birds, the Bees, and Your Brood”, “Gardening in Small Spaces”, and “Miracle in the Garden – the Importance of Lime”.
The conference will be held at Center United Methodist Church in Welcome in northern Davidson County. Registration is open from Nov. 1, at which time registration forms may be downloaded from go.ncsu.edu/gardenersconference2020. Registration is limited to the first 200 registrants. The cost of the conference is $40. Part of the mission of Extension Master Gardener Volunteers is to provide unbiased, research-based education to the public. One way they do this is through the annual Gardeners’ Conference. It is not a fund-raiser, and every attempt is made to keep the registration fee as low as possible to make the conference affordable to the public.