The Western NC Gardening Symposium and NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc., presents:
Come Grow with Us!
October 3, 2018
Blue Ridge Community College
Flat Rock, North Carolina
The Extension Master GardenerSM volunteers of Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Polk counties are excited to bring you an inspiring program, Come Grow With Us! Our WNC symposium will be held on October 3, at the beginning of leaf season in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
About the Program
Our program will include the following interesting and delightful speakers:
- Joe Lamp’l, gardening expert, green-living guru, and entertaining host of the PBS’s Growing a Greener World (which just won a 2018 Daytime Emmy for its episode The Green Bronx Machine!), will give two talks. He will open the day with Growing a Greener World – A Behind the Scenes Look at Some of Our Most Popular Stories from the Past 8 Seasons. His second talk will be The 5 Biggest Mistakes in Our Gardens & Landscapes and How to Fix Them.
- Harvey Cotten, author of Easy Gardens for the South and retired chief horticulturalist for the Huntsville Botanical Garden, will speak on How Do We Get Our Future Generations (and the Next) to Come Grow with Us? He will explore the latest research in this area and look at what steps we all can take to ensure that we have future master gardeners in our communities.
- Arthur Joura, Bonsai Curator at The North Carolina Arboretum, will introduce us to Southern Appalachian Bonsai. An insider’s look behind the scenes at the Arboretum, abundantly illustrated with beautiful photography, this program will change the way you think about funny little trees in decorative pots.
- Matt and Tim Nichols of Nichols Nursery, known around the world as Mr. Maple, will teach us everything we need to know about planting and caring for Japanese maples. As if that’s not enough, they will be selling their gorgeous trees in our vendor area.
Make sure to arrive for the event promptly at 8 a.m. for check-in and continental breakfast. Leave time to patronize our vendors for garden-related products, while supplies last! Attendance for the full day is valid for 5 hours of continuing education for Extension Master GardenerSM volunteers.
We are pleased to announce we are moving to an exciting new venue at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, just off I-26 exit 53, Upward Road. Signs will be posted to direct you to the Technology Building. The facility offers a roomy conference center with excellent graphic displays and sound system, plus a central area where the vendors will be situated so you can easily see everything they have to offer.
Fees and Registration
The symposium fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon coffee break. As always, there will be wonderful door prizes, great vendors, and plenty of free parking.
Also new this year is online registration, so you will receive instant confirmation of your reservation. The symposium fee is $60 if you register by midnight on September 1 and $65 after that date. All registrations must be received by September 15. To register, click the button below, and follow the instructions for completing your online registration. Sorry, but refunds cannot be offered for this event.
For those who will be staying overnight, reservations should be made early due to fall leaf season here in the mountains. A small block of rooms has been reserved at the Mountain Lodge and Conference Center on Upward Road, 828 693-9910. In addition, lodging at the same exit includes a Fairfield Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Quality Inn. Information about area restaurants and things to do can be found at VisitHendersonvilleNC.org.
Questions about this event should be emailed to: WNCGardeningSymposium@gmail.com
Fund raising efforts for the Extension Master GardenerSM volunteers of Buncombe County operates under the auspices of The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a non-profit, charitable and educational corporation (public charity) as defined in Internal Revenue Service code 501(c)3. Proceeds will support the Extension Master GardenerSM program of Buncombe County. The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. was incorporated on November 24, 1944 in Raleigh, NC as a means of supporting agricultural research, extension, and teaching activities in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. The NC Agricultural Foundation’s Tax ID number is 56-6049304.