Schedule of Events

8:00am – 9:00am Check-in and shopping throughout the day

9:00am – 9:15am Welcome Message by MGYC President Pat Del Buono

9:15am – 10:15am Opening Keynote – Mark Weathington

A Piedmont Plant Palette

"A gardener's plant choice and garden style are inextricably linked to the place they call home," from his book Gardening in the South: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide. Mark offers plant profiles highlighting the annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and bulbs best suited to the Carolina Piedmont.

10:15am – 10:45am Break and Shopping

10:45am – 11:45am Morning Session (please select one):

1. Paul Thompson: Vegetable Gardening Tips

2. Jack Page/Robert Myers: Twelve Months of Rose Care

3. Ryan McEnaney: New Plants and From Where They Come

11:45am – 1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm Afternoon Session (please select one):

1. Trish DeHond: Old Timey Pass Along Plants

2. Mark Weathington: Slave to the Goddess Flora

3. Barbara Allbritton-Grant: Gardening for the Young at Heart: Wiser, Safer and Older

2:00pm – 2:30pm Break and Shopping

2:30pm – 3:30pm Closing Keynote – Ryan McEnaney

Nativars: The New Native

This session explores the introduction of cultivated native plants or 'nativars' into the home garden and includes their benefits for the surrounding habitat. Ryan also looks at a selection of regionally appropriate varieties to try at home.

3:30pm – 4:00pm Door Prize Drawings*, Silent Auction Winners and Shopping

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*Must be present to win.

Out of Town Guests

We have made arrangements for discounted rooms at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, which is adjacent to the Joy of Gardening Symposium event venue at 3200 Commerce Drive, Richburg, SC (I-77, Exit 65 and SC 9). For reservations call 803-789-9000 and tell them you are attending an event at the Gateway Conference Center.