Turning a New Leaf Conference

by Anne Wilson, Public Education Chair, wilsanne@gmail.com

TURNING NEW LEAF

Image taken from Conference Website

Several Master Gardeners attended the fifth “Turning a New Leaf” conference of the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC) on Saturday, November 15, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The CCLC is a mid-Atlantic coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to researching, promoting, and educating the public about conservation-based gardening and landscaping practices that protect the Chesapeake Bay. The conference, co-sponsored by George Washington University, brought together policymakers, educators, and landscape professionals to exchange information related to sustainable design that improves water quality and conserves soil while also supporting wildlife habitat.

This year’s conference featured Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, as keynote speaker and C. Colston Burrell, landscape architect and author of Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants, as closing speaker.

Participants selected from 12 concurrent sessions by top-rated speakers sharing their expertise on topics as diverse as carbon in soil, top ten plants for pollinators, mycorrhizal fungi, and maintaining the curb appeal with native plants. For our Northern Virginia Master Gardeners this was an excellent opportunity not only to learn more but also to network with a large number of organizations. The next CCLC conference, in 2015, offers us an excellent forum to further promote the role of Master Gardeners as key partners in conservation activities.

For more information, please visit the conference website: http://chesapeakelandscape.org/event/2013-turning-new-leaf-conference

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