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Stewarding the Land, Healing Ourselves

In the upheavals of the past two years, we have learned that the landscape is healing us, and are learning to appreciate how it, in return, needs to be healed.  This year we examine humans’ role as stewards—of not just the land but the entire web of life–as global climate change looms.

Join us on Wednesday and Thursday to hear a variety of exciting speakers, including author Cynthia Barnett (Rain: A Natural and Cultural History), horticulturist and author Abra Lee (Conquer the Soil: Black America and the Untold Stories of Our Country’s Gardeners, Farmers, and Growers) and plantsman Bill Cullina, among others.

Virtual tickets include access to recorded presentations for a limited period after the live event.  

Virtual 2-day Ticket: $100

Virtual Wednesday Ticket: $55

Virtual Thursday Ticket: $55

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 - Thursday, February 9, 2023
9:00 am - 3:50 pm
Event Details

Hybrid event. Come in person to meet the speakers, greet old friends and make new ones–or join virtually in the comfort of your home or office. Recordings of Wednesday presentations will be available to online participants for a limited time. Friday’s Pesticide Recertification Day is in person only.  Tickets are $80 per person.  Link to details below.

Schedule as of 1/3/2023. All programs subject to change.

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

Continuing education hours are offered for each day.  Net proceeds from Thursday and Friday help build CVNLA’s scholarship fund for students pursuing horticultural careers.  Looking for Pesticide Recertification?  scroll down to link to details.

* Please note: VNLA and CVNLA members may self-report contact hours on the appropriate forms.

2023 Schedule

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

8 am Doors open, coffee service for in person attendees
8:30 am Registration opens
9 am Welcome, virtual attendees admitted
9:10 am Cynthia Barnett, RAIN: A history for stormy times
10:20 am Abra Lee: Conquer the Soil: Black America and the Untold Stories of Our Country’s Gardeners, Farmers, and Growers
11:25 am Lunch, book signings (in person only)
12:25 pm Seth C. Penn, Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama, Indigenous Solutions to Conservation and Sustainable Agriculture
1:35 pm Thomas Rainer, Phyto Studio, A World Unto its Own: The Residential Garden in a Post-Pandemic World
2:35 pm BREAK with snack
2:50 pm Duncan Himmelman, Healthy Soils: Stewards of Sustainability
3:50 pm adjourn

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Thursday, February 9, 2023

8 am Doors open, coffee service for in person attendees
8:30 am Registration opens
8:50 am Welcome, virtual attendees admitted
9 am Jennifer Dowdell, project manager and senior landscape ecological planner/designer, Biohabitats Inc., Baltimore, MD. Centering Ecology and Biodiversity in Design
10:15 am Bill Cullina, Morris Arboretum, PA, Sugar, Sex, and Poison: Shocking Plant Secrets Caught on Camera (virtual presentation)
11:15 am Dr. Nicholas Ruppel, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Modeling the influence of environmental covariates on pollinator richness in urban gardens around Richmond
12:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm Jasmine Thompson, Director, Philly Forests, Philadelphia, PA – Creating Flourishing Ecosystems for All
2:15 pm BREAK with snack
2:30 pm Dr. Matthew Borden, plant pathologist at Bartlett Tree Research Lab and Arboretum, Charlotte, NC, Should we reconsider boxwood in our landscapes?
3:30 pm Adjourn

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Sponsor information to come.