2020 Symposium Schedule of Events 

8:00 ─ 9:00
9:00 ─ 9:15
9:15 ─ 10:15

10:15 ─ 10:30

10:30 ─ 11:30

11:30 ─ 12:30

12:30 ─ 1:30

1:45 - 2:45

2:45 - 3:00
Registration and Shopping

Welcome by MGYC President Mary Ellen Markins
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.


Break and Shopping


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


Afternoon Sessions (B) Choose One

1. LayLa Burges: Straw Bale Gardening - Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers

2. Andrew Lazenby: Native Plant Neighbors - Spyder Lilies of Landsford Canal and Schweinitz Sunflowers of Rock Hill Blackjacks Heritage Preserve

3. Andrea Sprott: Wing Haven - Plants Making Year-Round Bird Sanctuary in Urban Setting

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.

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