Sustainable Gardening: Growing a Greener Future April 13, 2024 Gari Melchers Home & Studio, 224 Washington St., Falmouth, Virginia, 22405. The Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area invite you to join us for our 12th Annual Spring Symposium “Sustainable Gardening: Growing a Greener Future”. We have three guest speakers: back by popular demand - Bryce Lane presenting two sessions, “So You Want A Garden: First Steps to Growing Your Own Food” and “Is it Warm in Here?: New Approaches to Gardening in a Changing Climate", Jenny Rose Carey – “Become the Ultimate Flower Gardener!”, and Dr. Leonard Githinji – “Introduction to Sustainable Gardening”. All attendees will be able to explore the beautiful gardens at the Belmont Estate, spend time in their outstanding museum gift store, and visit with fellow Master Gardeners. Tickets are $75.00 for MGACRA members and $85.00 for General Public which includes a full day of thought provoking lectures focusing on purposeful gardening and includes morning coffee/tea & light breakfast, a delicious buffet lunch, and afternoon cookies.
To register either print the Registration Form and mail it with a check to MGACRA Symposium, P.O. Box 1031, Fredericksburg, VA 22402 Or Register on line and pay using PayPal (an additional $3 service fee).
The 11th Annual Master Gardeners Association of the Central Rappahannock Area Living in the Garden Symposium was held at Gari Melchers Home & Studio, Falmouth, VA, on April 1, 2023. The theme was Flower Power – From Roots to Blooms which covered everything from creating better soils for plant growth to growing flowers and native plants. Bryce Lane opened the day with a very informative and understandable talk on Understanding Garden Soils. Stacey Chapman described how she created a flower farm on two acres in nearby Orange, Virginia. Nancy Berlin shared how to create container gardens using northern Virginia native plants. To wrap up the day, Bryce Lane spoke about adding color to your garden by adding plants with stunning foliage or incredible flowers including how to use color combinations that will attract attention. In attendance were 46 MGACRA members and 53 community members who enjoyed the talks, visiting the gardens at Belmont, the Museum store, and the breakfast and salad buffet lunch. The outstanding attendance and contributions from sponsors resulted in $2,258.60 being raised for the 2023 MGACRA Community Project Fund which supports such projects as Cedell Brooks Jr. Park Native Plant Garden in King George and Cossey Park Botanic Garden in Fredericksburg. SAVE THE DATE! Planning has begun for the 12th Annual Living in the Garden Symposium which will be held April 13, 2024. The tentative theme is Sustainable Gardening. Bryce Lane has agreed to be there with two more presentations and Dori will cater the event again. Other speakers are to be determined.