Master Gardener Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium


  • Saturday, April 14, 2018
    7:30 AM  -  8:15 AM
    Registration / Continental Breakfast / Garden Marketplace
    8:15 AM  -  8:30 AM
    8:30 AM  -  9:40 AM
    Stairway to Paradise
    Whether you are going up, around, through, into, out-of, across, under, or over outdoor spaces, the road taken can be either unique or mundane. How does the way you move through a garden influence your experience? Give your creativity a boost during this session of design inspiration as we fly around the world considering how we get from one place to another and why the path is so important.
    9:40 AM  -  10:40 AM
    Tree Law for Gardeners
    Thorns in the garden? Problems with neighbors and their gardens can take the joy out of our daily lives and ruin the sanctity of our homes. Using examples from her practice, Tree, Neighbor, and Garden Law, attorney and Master Gardener Rachel Roat will explain how understanding our rights and responsibilities in the garden, as well as those of our neighbors, is one of the first steps to solving these problems.
    10:40 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Break / Book Signings / Garden Marketplace
    11:00 AM  -  12:15 PM
    Botanical Workhorses
    Pennsylvania is home to nearly 2,000 species of native plants. While every one of these plants is important, some of them do a disproportionate share of the heavy ecological lifting. This presentation by will be a pictorial look at some of the most valuable species, and at least a few of the choices may surprise you. Native plants perform many invaluable roles in nature, and without them life as we know it would cease. The good news is we can grow many natives in the yard, including most of the species included in this presentation.
    12:15 PM  -  1:30 PM
    Lunch & Learn / Garden Marketplace

    New in 2018!

    During the lunch break, access expert help in your gardening efforts for the season ahead. Participants will have an opportunity to ask Master Gardeners specific questions and get more information about:

    • Vegetable Gardening
    • Butterfly Gardening
    • Lawn and Weeds
    • Shrubs and Trees
    • Native Plants

    The Garden Marketplace will also be open during the lunch break.

    1:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Old-Fashioned Herbs Essential for Modern Gardens
    The medieval definition of “herbs” includes any plants that were useful to mankind. This goes far beyond those we call herbs today, those we use mainly in the kitchen or as home remedies. This illustrated talk discusses plants we cherish today, even though we may not use them as our forebears once did. Stories and legends will be included along with cultural and design tips.
    2:45 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Closing Remarks