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Gardening Symposium


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[ 4603 Green Spring Road ] [ Alexandria, VA 22312 ] [ 703-642-5173 ]

As gardens evolve, change is inevitable. A sunny spot is shaded by the growth of a tree. A favorite plant fails to thrive through a harsh winter. A collection of plants matures, resulting in spaces that are out of balance and difficult to maintain. Gardeners will learn that no garden is ever finished and that success requires embracing change.

Register by February 14, 2015.

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SCHEDULE:  Saturday, February 21, 2015

8:30-9:00 am: REGISTRATION & COFFEE

9:00-9:15 am: WELCOME
Adria Bordas, Senor Extension Agent and Unit
Coordinator for the Virginia
Cooperative Extension

9:15-10:30 am: Planting Design in a Post-Modern World
Thomas Rainer

The nature of nature is changing. As we enter the Anthropocene—an era in which human activity represents a principle driver of planetary changes—it is time to rethink the way we use plants. Learn how plants fit together in the wild and how to use those strategies to create more resilient, diverse, and beautiful plantings.

10:30-10:45 am: BREAK

10:45-Noon: Gardening in the Golden Years
Mary Stickley-Godinez

Research shows that gardening and being out in nature is one of the best activities you can do for your health, both physical and mental. But it is hard work and one wrong move can put you in pain for days. Find out some ways to create a beautiful garden while staying off the ice pack and out of the hospital.

Noon-1:00 pm: LUNCH

1:00-2:15 pm: Groom a Little, Edit a Little, and Relax a Lot
Tom Mannion

Come along on a guide of four of Tom’s residential gardens as he describes his evolving approach to planting design. Tom's focus is on easy to live with gardens that are lushly planted and require a little grooming, a little editing, and a lot of letting go. Each is loosely maintained, gardened primarily by the owners, and has evolved as time passes.

2:15-2:30 pm: BREAK

2:30-3:45 pm: Gardening in the Shade
Paul Westervelt

As trees mature, the growing conditions of your garden change. With the growth of the canopy, available light, moisture and space change, requiring new plants and new design. Paul will discuss design solutions as well as new, promising, and overlooked plants.

About Our Speakers

Thomas Rainer is a passionate advocate for an ecologically expressive design aesthetic that does not imitate nature, but interprets it. He has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the New York Botanical Garden, and gardens from Maine to Florida. Thomas is an associate principal for the firm Rhodeside & Harwell, writes a popular blog, and teaches planting design for George Washington University.

Mary Stickley-Godinez has degrees in Horticulture, Landscape Design, and Identification of Woody Landscape Plants. She and her husband started Countryside Farm and Nursery, a fruit tree nursery and grafting company. She writes on gardening topics for various publications, lectures, and teaches seminars throughout the state.

Tom Mannion is the president of Tom Mannion Landscape Design. He designs and builds award-winning, lush, residential gardens that feel native to this mid-Atlantic region. His gardens have been published in "The New Low Maintenance Garden" by Valerie Easton, "Before and After Garden Makeovers" by Sunset Books, Southern Living, Fine Gardening, the Washington Post "Home," and more.

Paul Westervelt is the annual and perennial production manager at Saunders Brothers, growing over 800 varieties across 15 different programs. He was named the 2009 Perennial Plant Association’s Young Professional of the Year and voted one of the Greenhouse Product News’ 2013 class of 40 Under 40. He is a regular speaker in the region and for industry events around the country.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 EcoSavvy Gardening Symposium 8:30am - 4:00pm

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