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Massachusetts Master Gardeners Symposium

“Inspiration for Next Year’s Garden”

2017 Massachusetts Gardening Symposium
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Westford Academy, Westford, MA

This year’s Symposium speakers come from diverse backgrounds and have different fields of gardening concentration, but they all share one passion: teaching others. Here are a few lecture highlights:
THOMAS RAINER, author of Planting in a Post-Wild World
“The Garden of the Future: Reimagining the American Yard”
Learn how plants fit together in nature and how to use this knowledge to create gardens that are more satisfying, more resilient and less work.

DAVID L. CULP, Vice President of Sunny Border Nurseries
“Perennials: The Best Plants of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”
Experience perennial time-travel: How do tried-and-true favorites compare with new introductions? What are the current trends? And what horticultural advances might the future hold?

KATHLEEN GAGAN, owner of Peony’s Envy
“Designing Gardens with Peonies”
Learn how to create your own “peony plan,” including cultivar and site selection, mixing types of peonies, structuring mixed gardens and companion planting.

“The Art of Fall Garden Clean Up”
Every hour you spend in the fall can save you 2+ hours come spring, yield months of winter pleasure, and give your plants a valuable head start for the new season. Learn how!

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