Program

 2020  Symposium Schedule of Events
8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Shopping 
9:00 - 9:15  Welcome by MGYC President Mary Ellen Markins
9:15 - 10:15 Opening Keynote - Christopher Woods

Gardenlust - A Botanical Tour of the World's Best New Gardens

Chris takes you to gardens on six continents, ranging from redefining Botanical Gardens, lavish private estates, and urban landscapes, to gem-like private yards; all established since 2000.
10:15 - 10:30 Break and Shopping
10:30 - 11:30 Morning Sessions (A) Choose One
  1. Betty Montgomery: Hydrangeas - How to Grow, Cultivate and Enjoy
  2. Paul Thompson: Organic Pest Management in the Vegetable Garden
  3. Jennifer Ceska: Removing Invasives and Thugs, and Resetting the Land Toward Diversity
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch and Shopping
12:30 - 1:30 Afternoon Sessions (B) Choose One
  1. LayLa Burgess: Straw Bale Gardening - Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers
  2. Andrew Lazenby: Native Plant Neighbors - Spyder Lilies of Landsford Canal and Schweinitz's Sunflowers of Rock Hill Blackjacks Heritage Preserve
  3. Andrea Sprott: Wing Haven - Plants Making Year-Round Bird Sanctuary in Urban Setting
1:45 - 2:45 Closing Keynote - Jennifer Ceska

Layering Native Plants into Home Gardens

Jennifer describes how native plants can be used harmoniously with decorative plants in a home landscape and advises why that is a good thing.
2:45 - 3:00 Silent Auction Winners and Door Prize Drawings*