Four Seasons of Gardening - 2014 Spring Conference
Speakers & Presentations:
Join friends and fellow gardeners... for a special day of planning for beautiful and bountiful gardens. This springtime conference is designed to offer exciting ideas to novice, as well as experienced gardeners wanting to improve their landscape, grow fabulous flowers & trees, harvest healthy produce, and attract wildlife & beneficial bugs. Come and be energized by stimulating discussions and exhibits sure to arouse enthusiasm for this coming gardening season. 

                     Join Us:

 Saturday, March 29, 2014
  8:30 am - 4:00 pm

@ C-TEC - Licking County Campus

The Career & Technology Education Center
150 Price Road, Newark, Ohio 43055

                                                                                     Ticket Price:  $35.00


8:30 - 9:00 Registration & Complimentary Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:25 Welcome & Special Guest Speaker:

       Manon Van Schoyck
         ONE Nature Center



                Welcome to the Licking County Master Gardener Spring Conference
                                                            "Spring Garden Party"

9:30-10:15 Morning Keynote Speaker:

        Kim Todd


                                     Kim Todd 

Tinkering with Eden, A Natural History of Exotics in America

Todd’s first book, Tinkering with Eden, a Natural History of Exotics in America (W.W. Norton 2001), tells the stories of non-native species and how they arrived in the United States. Species covered range from pigeons, brought over by some of the earliest colonists, to starlings, imported by a man who wanted to bring all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare to Central Park. The book explores our developing understanding of exotic species as we become more aware of the potential problems they may pose for native ecosystems. Tinkering with Eden received the PEN/
Jerard Award and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award and was selected as one of Booklist’s Top Ten Science/
Technical Books for 2001. 

Todd has given talks at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the New England Aquarium, the Getty Museum, the Commonwealth Club, Yale University, Bowdoin College, Wellesley College, the University of California (Davis), and many other venues. She has an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction and an M.S. in environmental studies, both from the University of Montana, and B.A. in English from Yale. Her articles and essays have appeared in Orion, Sierra Magazine, California Wild and Grist, among other places. She has taught environmental and nature writing at the University of Montana, the University of California at Santa Cruz extension, and the Environmental Writers Institute. She currently teaches at Penn State, The Behrend College. Todd is a senior fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program.

10:45-11:30 Session Two / Select One:

    Jim Chatfield
Why Did My Good Plant Go Bad?

Professor Chatfield holds degrees in Botany (Ohio University) and Plant Pathology (The Ohio State University). Specialist with The Ohio State University Extension,with statewide responsibilities for outreach to the professional green industry nurseries, landscapers, etc.), with consumer horticulture including Master Gardener Volunteer training, and community forestry.

His teaching centers on plant problem diagnostics, plant selection and plant pathology and applied research focuses on disease resistance evaluation of ornamental plants in Ohio and in plots around the country and street tree evaluations in Ohio.

   Nina Harfmann

                  From Mud Pies to Milkweed: A lifelong pursuit in the outdoors.

Join Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Nina Harfmann as she shares the stories and photographs that have made her popular in the nature-blogging community. On subjects ranging from salamanders to snowflakes, wildflowers to warblers, Nina's stories have inspired "ordinary" folks to get out into nature and see the beauty that is often revealed in the simplest creations. A reading of Beside Little Pond, her photographic journal of a vernal pool, will conclude the presentation.

12:00-12:45 Session Three / Select One:

     Val Jorgensen

Edible Landscapes

You can grow food on your patio or in the beds around your home even without a garden.  Please join Val as she presents ways to grow fruit, vegetables, lettuce and herbs in the space you have.  Edible landscape is not only beautiful it is a fun practical way to garden.  

Val is the owner of Jorgensen Organic Farm in Westerville Ohio.  She practices Edible Landscape in and around her farmhouse and grows food for farmers markets, chefs and restaurants in the fields on her 65 acre organic farm.

     Lori Swihart

Multiply by Dividing: Propagation

Coordinator of the Licking County Master Gardener Volunteers and the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists for The Ohio State University Extension in Licking County. She is also the Coordinator and Educator for the C-TEC PLANT Program. She writes the Region Report for Central Ohio for "Ohio Gardener" Magazine.   She has worked in the horticultural industry for 23 years.

12:45-1:45 Lunch:  
Included with Admission Ticket

                                                  Lunch Menu:
                                                                                Hot Soups
                                                                                Fresh Garden Salad & Dressings
                                                                                Homemade Bread & Butter
                                                                                Cookies, Cup Cakes
                                                                                Bottled Water, Ice Tea, Sodas
                                                                                Hot Coffee & Hot Tea

1:45-2:30 Session Four / Select One:

   Chris Baker

What's New for 2014

Here at Baker's Acres we love people, we love plants and we love to have fun.  Hopefully, we have successfully combined all three.  Being unabashed plant nerds ourselves, we realize what joy and delight a new plant brings...especially if it lives.  By searching the world over, by rummaging through countless greenhouses and garden centers, and by swapping with our many generous friends in the industry, we have amassed a huge variety of plants that should satisfy most horticultural fanatics as well as all of you 'normal' people.  Producing all these plants is very hard work, so we try to make it as enjoyable as possible by having a good laugh whenever we can.  Laughing is supposed to be very good for you (unless you suffer from a broken rib).  To this end, we're including some of the so-called funny stuff from our famous catalog as well as our plant lists.  We hope you will enjoy it all.

   Gretel & Steve             Adams

                                                            Growing and Selling Specialty Cut Flowers
Steve and Gretel Adams of Sunny Meadows Flower Farm grow specialty cut flowers on about 6 acres in Southeast Columbus.  They sell at farmer's markets, to florists and grocery stores, and create beautiful floral designs for weddings.  Now in their 7th year, the farm produces flowers from March- December with the rest of season spent preparing for the next year and selling Gretel's Handcrafted line of soaps and such.


3:00 - 3:45 Afternoon Keynote Speaker:  

 Jessica Walliser

                               Jessica Walliser

                                         Good Bug, Bad Bug

Understanding the cycle of predator and prey is an integral part of growing organically. Jessica's newest book Good Bug, Bad Bug shines some light on the methods needed to attract beneficial insects into the garden and keep them there. Jessica describes over a dozen species of beneficial insects found across North America and accompanies the lecture with beautiful images of the predators themselves and their favorite host plants. You'll never look at bugs the same way again!
Jessica Walliser received her degree in ornamental horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University, and she is the former owner of a 25 acre organic market farm. She also serves on the faculty of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where she's been teaching for nearly 20 years. Jessica co-hosts "The Organic Gardeners" on KDKA-Radio in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a former contributing editor for Organic Gardening magazine and a regular contributor to Fine Gardening, Urban Farm, Popular Farming, Hobby Farms, and Hobby Farm Home magazines. Jessica writes two weekly gardening columns for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and her fourth book, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to the Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control, was released by Timber Press in December of 2013. 
Jessica lives and gardens northwest of Pittsburgh with her husband and son, eight chickens, one hermit crab, one dog and billions of very good bugs.

3:45-4:00 Raffle Winners Revealed

Thank you for visiting our site.  We hope to see you on Saturday, March 29, 2014



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