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Miami Valley Gardening Conference
WHEN: Sat. March 1, 2014 WHERE: Sinclair Comm. College Ponitz Center DIRECTIONS MAP
Gardening for the next decade
Join us for MetroPark’s annual kick-off to the spring gardening season. This year’s theme is Gardening for the next decade. Our keynote speakers are Jeff Lowenfels and Thomas Rainer. Enjoy breakout sessions led by local experts on Plant Selections for the future, Proactive choices for a better environment, Playing in the garden, and The Most Beautiful Garden is YOUR Garden. Fee includes breakfast snack, full lunch (vegetarian options available), breaks and covered parking. Registration $50.


Walk-in registration will be accepted on the day of the conference. Please call 277-6545 for information.

7:30 am Registration
8:05 am Welcome - Room 150
8:15 am Morning Keynote: Horton Hears a Who and So Should You! - Jeff Lowenfels - Room 150
Sponsored by The Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation and The James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation
9:20 am

Session One: Plant Selections for the future
Sponsored by Meadow View Growers

  1. Tomatoes: Matt Kleinhenz - Room 172
  2. Geraniums and begonias: Duke Stockslager - Room 150
  3. Maples: Tomasz Przepiorkowski - Room 171

Green Schoolyard Training: Steps to a Successful Green Schoolyard - Laura Peterson - Room 262

10:20 am Morning Break — Book Signing, Door Prizes - Great Hall
10:40 am Session Two: Proactive choices for a better environment
Sponsored by The Siebenthaler Company
  1. New importance of the suburban lot: Art Trese - Room 172
  2. Turf alternatives : Cliff Deitering - Room 171
  3. Pests and diseases–is anything safe?: Joe Boggs - Room 150

Green Schoolyard Training: Design a Garden - Patti DeLotell
- Room 262

11:35 am Lunch —Book Signing, Door Prizes - Great Hall
1:00 pm Afternoon Keynote: Designed Plant Communities: How to Create Bold and Enduring Native Plantings- Thomas Rainer - Room 150
Sponsored by Stockslager's Greenhouse & Garden Center
2:05 pm Session Three: Playing in the garden
Sponsored by Greater Montgomery County Master Garden Association
  1. Healthy garden, healthy gardener: Stacey Walters-Best - Room 172
  2. Plant a cocktail: Tim Pritchard - Room 171
  3. Fun Plants, Fun Things in the Garden: Teresa Jones - Room 150
Green Schoolyard Training: Tying Curriculum and Standards to the Garden - Sarah Albrecht and James Latham - Room 262
3:00 pm


Afternoon Break — Book Signing, Preview of MetroParks' Gardening Programs - Great Hall
3:35 pm Closing Session: The Most Beautiful Garden is YOUR Garden - Laura Deeter - 150

Meadow View Growers, Inc

Wegerzyn Gardens Foundation

James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation

Greater Montgomery County Master Gardener Association

Stockslagers Greenhouse & Garden Center

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  Keynote Speakers

Jeff Lowenfels

Jeff Lowenfels

Jeff Lowenfels is an international proponent of organics and the award winning author of Teaming With Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to The Soil Food Web. His weekly column has appeared in the Anchorage Daily News for over 37 years and he was once an Editor of the Harvard Lampoon, America's oldest humor magazine, so his talks are alway humorous and witty and entertaining. He is also a reformed lawyer; the combination of garden writing and law earning him the moniker: America's Dirtiest Lawyer. In addition to writing, Jeff hosted a statewide tv gardening show. Today, Jeff has a popular radio show. Learn more >>


Thomas Rainer

Thomas Rainer

Thomas Rainer is a registered landscape architect, teacher, and writer living in Arlington, Virginia. Thomas is a passionate advocate for an ecologically expressive design aesthetic that does not imitate nature, but interprets it. His planting designs focus on creating a modern expression of the ground plane with a largely native palette of perennials and grasses. Thomas has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden, as well as over 100 gardens from Maine to Florida. Learn more >>

New This Year: Teacher Track!

Educators who want to create and use a garden or habitat at their school and get students learning outdoors while staying within the curriculum should attend the sessions in the teacher track. Educators also will learn from and develop relationships with those who already are using green schoolyards in their curriculum. The Green Schoolyards Development Training will show educators:

  • the processes, models and resources needed to develop a school garden project;
  • how to identify goals and design and implement a garden; and
  • how to prepare students to learn in the garden using curriculum geared toward K-8 students.

Teachers who attend all three sessions of the Green Schoolyards Development Training will receive certificate of completion, which they can use toward CEUs. Teacher track sessions are marked with "Teacher Track" on the session listings at left. Make sure to select these sessions in the registration process.

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