Events & Exhibits

Calendar: Event Details


Event Dates
February 12; 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
February 13; 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
February 14; 8:45 am - 4:00 pm

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Event Sponsors:

Winter Symposium & CVNLA Short Course 12th Proceeding as scheduled, 13th & 14th CANCELLED

February 12, 13 & 14, 2014 8:45 am - 4 pm (doors open at 8:15)


Winter Symposium and CVNLA Short Course

Sublime + Sustainable: Horticultural Artistry in Action 



Wednesday, February 12th is proceeding as scheduled.  Due to the forecasted inclement weather, Thursday, February 13th and Friday, February 14th have been cancelled. 


Pesticide Recertification Day has been rescheduled to March 14.  If you were registered for the Feb. 14 program and would like to attend the rescheduled event you will need to re-register.  Click here for online registration.

Presented by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, and Virginia Cooperative Extension

Supported in part by The Rock Foundation and the Freas Foundation

Massey Conference Center, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The artistry of beautiful place-making within a framework of sustainability is on brilliant display this February at Central Virginia’s annual horticulture symposium, offering valuable continuing education for green business owners and their staffs, landscape architects and designers, Master Gardeners, and seasoned home gardeners. Continuing education hours are offered for each day, along with book sales and signings and opportunities to network with industry colleagues.

$55 per day includes morning coffee, continental breakfast, and lunch. Scroll down for online registration.

Wednesday, Feb. 12 is full. Please call (804) 262-9887 ext. 320 to be added to the waiting list.


Net proceeds from this event help build CVNLA’s scholarship fund for students pursuing horticultural careers.

Wednesday, February 12 
Guest Presenters
  • Julie Moir Messervy, landscape designer and garden writer, on The New Homestead: Greening the Home Outside and The Art of Plant Placement
  • Dan Benarcik, horticulturist at Chanticleer, a pleasure garden, on Personality and Punctuation: Artistic Flourishes in the Garden and Ground Covers and Lawn Alternatives
  • Claudia West, landscape architect and native plant specialist, on The Landscape’s Color Spectrum: Applying Natural Color Theory to Enhance Design
Thursday, February 13
Guest Presenters
  • Ken Druse, author/photographer/radio host, on Secrets of the Garden, Revealed, based on his 2008 publication Planthropology: The Myths, Mysteries, and Miracles of My Garden Favorites
  • Tom Cox, founder/owner of Georgia’s Cox Arboretum and Gardens and past-president of the American Conifer Society, on Landscaping with Conifers and Gingkos for the Southeast
  • Steve Carroll, Director of Public Programs, Blandy Experimental Farm, on Ecology for Gardeners and CSI Plants
  • Helen Kraus, Ph.D. North Carolina State University Department of Horticulture, on Rain Gardening in the South
  • Vincent Cotrone, urban forester/ISA certified arborist, Penn State University Extension Service, on Establishing Healthy Trees - More than Surviving the Guarantee 
Friday, February 14

Pesticide Applicator Recertification in categories 3A, 3B, 8, 10, 60.

This course is registered with the LA/CES system of the American Society of Landscape Architects

Wednesday, February 12:  5.25 HSW credits

Thursday, February 13: 6 HSW credits