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Winter Symposium
and 51st CVNLA Short Course
Pesticide Recertification Day

Uncertain Times, Reliable Gardens

Wednesday-Friday, February 12-14, 2020

All three days: doors open at 8 am, registration begins at 8:30, program starts at 9 am

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

Join seasoned gardeners and green industry professionals to explore how concepts of beauty and order are changing based on deep research into how plants behave and how they are reacting to climate change.  the importance of native plants and an understanding of plant communities help designers and gardeners create more resilient gardens and contribute to the health of the biosphere in the face of climate change.

Continuing education hours are offered for each day, along with book sales and signings and opportunities to network with industry colleagues. Net proceeds from the three-day event help build CVNLA’s scholarship fund for students pursuing horticultural careers.
* Please note: VNLA and CVNLA members may self-report contact hours on the appropriate forms.

$80 per day: February 12, 13, or 14

$145: Two-day combo ticket February 12 + 13

$215: 3-day ticket February 12, 13, 14

Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and all sessions

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - Friday, February 14, 2020
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Event Details

Note: all programs subject to change.

Wednesday, February 12

Confirmed Speakers:

Benjamin Vogt, author of A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future
A New Garden Ethic

Tony Spencer, author of “The New Perennialist” blog, recipient of the 2019 silver medal for blog writing from Garden COMM (formerly Garden Writers of America)
Wildscaping: Frontiers in Planting Design

Bill Shanabruch, Owner, Reedy Creek Environmental, Expert in Central Virginia native plants
Considerations for Selecting Native Plants for Central Virginia (tent.)

Shannon Currey, Hoffman Nursery, Rougemont, NC
Planning and Selecting for Green Infrastructure (tent)

Panel: Implementing Resilient Plant Communities for Smaller Landscapes
All speakers
Moderator: Paul Westervelt, Saunders Brothers Nursery, Inc., Piney River

Thursday, February 13

Confirmed Speakers:

Andrew Loyd, Bartlett Tree Experts
Changing Landscapes through Global, Biological Invasions

Cole Burrell, author, garden designer and plantsman, Charlottesville
The Native Plant Movement in America
Nature as Gardener: Working with Natural Process for Beauty and Reduced Maintenance

Ginger Woolridge, author, Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States
Woody Natives: Making Quick and Confident Choices

Nancy Lawson, author, The Humane Gardener
The Humane Gardener: Nurturing Habitat for Wildlife

Mark Weathington, author, Gardening in the South: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide
Gardening in the New South: New Plants, New Techniques, and New Goals

Friday, February 14

Pesticide Recertification Day

Certifications offered: 3A, 3B, 8, 10 and 60