2012 – Sustainability Symposium

Working With Nature for Sustainable, Beautiful Gardens

A Two-Day Symposium Featuring

* Douglas W. Tallamy, Author of Bringing Nature Home
* Holly Shimizu, Executive Director, U.S. Botanic Garden

June 9, 2012     9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
June 10, 2012   1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford Street Arlington, VA 22206

Registration for the symposium is closed; no more space is available for Day 1.  Members of the public are welcome, however, to take the guided tours of the five VCE/Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens that are being offered on Sunday, June 10, between 1:00 and 4:00 pm.  For information about the gardens, click on “Demonstration Gardens” above.  For a map and directions for getting to the gardens, go to http://bit.ly/mgnvtour.

Exhibitors: Email Sue McIver and she will coordinate your exhibition at the symposium.

Attending the event? The Sustainability Symposium Agenda (PDF)  is now available online.

Day 1:

To be held at Fairlington Community Center

Morning Keynote, Doug Tallamy
Doug Tallamy will describe how native plants can beautify our gardens while serving as central food sources for the insects, birds and butterflies that are essential to a healthy local ecosystem.

Morning Break-out sessions

Choosing Plants for your Sustainable Landscape Garden
Thomas Rainer, Grounded Design

Sustainable Fruit and Vegetable Gardening,
Maureen Moodie, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Stone, Structures, and Pavers: Materials for your Sustainable Landscape,
Kelly Ross Gillespie, President/Owner of Kelly Green Energy Raters, LLC

Afternoon Break-out sessions

Choosing Plants for your Sustainable Landscape Garden (same as AM session)
Thomas Rainer, Grounded Design

Sustainable Water Management
Aileen Winquist, Arlington Watershed Outreach Program Manager

Chemical Free Soil
Jim McGlone, Urban Forest Conservationist, Virginia Department of Forestry

Afternoon Keynote, Holly Shimizu
Holly Shimizu will describe the Landscape for Life ™ program, an eco-friendly approach to gardening from the U.S. Botanic Garden that can provide a wealth of health and environmental benefits. The day also includes two break-out sessions with local experts on elements of the Landscape for Life ™ program.

Day 2: Participants will tour the VCE/MGNV Demonstration Gardens in Arlington and Alexandria to see the elements of the Landscape for Life™ program in action. Participants may choose to visit up to four gardens. Tours begin at 1:00 PM and continue through 4:00 PM. Information about the various gardens and their locations will be available on Day 1. Attendees must provide their own transportation to the Demonstration Gardens. No lunch will be provided on Day 2.

Registration fee (includes a box lunch on the first day): $50. Registration is closed.

See the attached flyer for more information. Sustainability Symposium (PDF)

More information about Doug Tallamy’s book is available at BringingNatureHome.net
NOTE: We are not permitted to sell anything in the Fairlington Community Center. If you would like Doug Tallamy to sign Bringing Nature Home, please purchase the book ahead of time (not on the day of the event) and bring it on Saturday.

More information about the Landscape for Life program is available.

Bus routes 22A and 25A service Fairlington Community Center on Saturday.

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