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Winter Symposium
& 51st CVNLA Short Course


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

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

10 am
Tony Spencer, author of The New Perennialist blog, recipient of the Gold Medal For Best Overall Electronic Media from GardenComm (formerly Garden Writers Association)
Wildscaping: Frontiers in Planting Design

11 am
Bill Shanabruch, Owner, Reedy Creek Environmental, Expert in Central Virginia native plants
Considerations for Selecting Native Plants: Beyond “Right Plant – Right Place”

12 pm Lunch and book sales and signing

1 pm
Shannon Currey, Hoffman Nursery, Rougemont, NC
Planning and Planting for Green Infrastructure

2 – 2:15 pm Break

2:15 pm
Panel: Implementing Resilient Plant Communities for Smaller Landscapes
All speakers
Moderator: Paul Westervelt, Saunders Brothers Nursery, Inc., Piney River

3:15 pm Adjourn

Continuing Education credits approved:
MAC-ISA: Certified Arborist: 3 / Municipal Specialist: 3 / BCMA Management: 3 / Climber Specialist: 1 / Aerial lift specialist: 1

Virginia Certified Horticulturist: 5

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional: 5

Virginia Nutrient Manager Renewal Credits: 1

Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Tree Stewards: 5 (you must self-report these hours)


Thursday, February 13

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

10 am
Cole Burrell, author, garden designer and plantsman, Charlottesville
The Native Plant Movement in America

11 am
Mark Weathington, Director, JC Raulston Arboretum, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Gardening in the New South: New Plants, New Techniques, and New Goals

12 pm Lunch and book signings

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

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

3-3:15 pm Break, book sales

3:15 pm
Cole Burrell
Nature as Gardener: Working with Natural Process for Beauty and Reduced Maintenance

Continuing Education credits approved:
MAC-ISA: Certified Arborist: 5 / Utility Specialist: 1 / Municipal Specialist: 5 / BCMA Science: 1 / BCMA Practice: 1 / BCMA Management: 1.75 / Climber Specialist: 4 / Aerial lift specialist: 4

Virginia Certified Horticulturist: 5

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional: 5

Virginia Nutrient Manager Renewal Credits: 2

Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Tree Stewards: 6 (you must self-report these hours)

Maryland LTE: 2


Friday, February 14

Pesticide Recertification Day

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

Continuing Education credits approved as of 1/23/20:

MAC-ISA: Certified arborist: 2.75 / Utility specialist: 1.75 / Municipal specialist: 2.75 / BCMA Science: 1 / BCMA Management: 1.75 / Climber specialist: 2.75 / Aerial lift specialist: 2.75

Maryland LTE: 2.5

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