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EcoSavvy Gardening symposium in Washington DC

  • Subject: [cg] EcoSavvy Gardening symposium in Washington DC
  • From: Don Boekelheide dboekelheide@yahoo.com
  • Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 15:57:14 -0800 (PST)

Gardening Authors Headline Educational Symposium on
EcoSavvy Gardening

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Gardening
authors Steven Carroll and Donald Leopold will be
among the experts presenting a day-long EcoSavvy
Gardening Symposium, "Techniques for Keeping our
Planet Healthy."

Green Spring Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE)
Master Gardeners will host the symposium at Green
Spring Gardens Horticultural Center, Saturday,
February 26, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Registration is $35.00. A box lunch is available for
an additional $10. To register, call Green Spring
Gardens at 703-642-5173. Credit cards are accepted
over the phone. Please specify vegetarian or
non-vegetarian lunch preference. Register early, as
space is limited. Green Spring Garden is located at
4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA, located just
north of the intersection of Braddock and Little River
Turnpike Roads.

Steven Carroll will address the topic, "Ecology for
Gardeners: Keeping our Gardens Green." Carroll is an
ecologist at Truman State University where he teaches
ecology and botany. He notes in his book by the same
name that, "Even a relatively small garden is a
miniature ecosystem. It includes a surprising
diversity of organisms that interact in a myriad of
ways."

Donald Leopold will discuss "Native Plants for the
Northeast: The Best Plants for Difficult Locations."
Leopold is Distinguished Teaching Professor at the
College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State
University of New York in Syracuse. The recipient of
numerous teaching awards, he researches the
biodiversity and restoration of ecosystems. His new
book, "Native Plants for the Northeast" is being
released this spring. Copies will be available to
purchase.

Plants thrive in diverse ecosystems that are healthy.
Lonnie Heflin of Chesapeake Organics will address this
important aspect of gardening in his presentation,
"Bay Friendly Gardening: Healthy Soil Makes Healthy
Plants." Asad Rouhi of the Northern Virginia Soil &
Water Conservation District will discuss one of the
more critical challenges facing gardeners in the
Chesapeake Bay Watershed region, "Rainwater Runoff and
Erosion Solutions."

With gardening becoming the number one recreational
activity in the Washington metropolitan area, the
topic of EcoSavvy Gardening is timely. Green Spring
Master Gardeners are developing criteria for an
EcoSavvy Gardening Certification for Fairfax County
citizens. In the upcoming months, local citizens can
apply to be certified as EcoSavvy Gardeners by
adopting specific EcoSavvy Gardening techniques in
their home landscape.

Green Spring VCE Master Gardeners are volunteer
education partners with Virginia Cooperative Extension
(VCE) and the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA),
dedicated to community outreach that encourages and
promotes environmentally friendly gardening
techniques. For more information on the Green Spring
Master Gardeners program, contact Sandy Flowers at
Green Spring Gardens Park, 703-642-5173.


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