UConn to hold 2014 Garden Conference

The University of Connecticut is sponsoring the 2014 Garden Conference on March 21 at the main campus in Storrs.

The conference will feature national speakers and local experts on garden design, maintenance and plant selection and other topics. This all-day event will offer valuable educational opportunities for gardeners of all levels, from the casual gardener to the advanced master gardener. Speakers will include:

  • Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, owner of Natureworks, an organic garden center, landscape design, installation and maintenance service in Northford, and Stephanie Cohen, horticultural consultant and author from Collegeville, Penn., who will give a joint presentation.
  • Kelly Gill, pollinator conservation specialist for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, will present a talk titled, “Conserving Pollinating Insects with Pollinator Friendly Gardening.”
  • Mark Weathington, assistant director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University, who speak about plants to fit problem spots in landscapes.
  • Jonathan Lehrer, assistant professor at Farmingdale State College on Long Island, who give a talk titled, “Useful Native Woody Plants for Connecticut.”
  • Amy Ziffer, owner of A Shady Lady Garden Design in Sherman, will speak about how to garden successfully in shady areas.

Program and registration information, including online registration, is available at www.2014garden.uconn.edu. There is a pre-registration fee of $90 per person if postmarked on or before March 14. The fee is $100 per person if postmarked after March 14 and for walk-ins. Registration is limited and nonrefundable. Checks should be made payable to the University of Connecticut and send to: Joan Allen, University of Connecticut, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, 1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4067, Storrs, CT 06269-4067.

Included with registration is an information packet, lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, free parking. Plants and gardening books will be available for purchase.

For information, contact Joan Allen at (860) 486-6740 or send an email to: joan.allen@uconn.edu or visit: www.2014garden.uconn.edu.

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