Special Master Gardener College Issue! by uxk73432


									        Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and the Virginia Tech Department of Horticulture
                                                                                 Vol. 20. Num 2. Spring 2006
                             Special Master Gardener College Issue!
        BRAG NIGHT RESULTS                              GENERAL INFORMATION

                                                        MG College Promotional Material:
                                                        A PowerPoint presentation has been posted at
           SLM 1 - Bedford                              www.vmga.net that highlights the events and
                                                        experiences of MG College.
         SLM 2 - Chesapeake                             Scholarships:
                                                        The VMGA is sponsoring six $100 scholarships for
       SLM 3 - Northern Neck                            Master Gardener College.You can get additional
                                                        information and a nomination form at www.vmga.net.
           SLM 4 - Loudon                               Some local units offer other scholarship opportunities as
                                                        well. You can also ask your local coordinator or agent for
          SLM 5 - Roanoke                               additional information.
      Overall Winner - Loudon                           Get registration information from your local MG
                                                        Coordinator or Agent. This year you will be able to
Who will take away the coveted trophies                 register by mail, telephone, fax or on the internet.
               this year?                               Registration is open to active MGs. Please contact
   All are welcome to participate in                    your local MG Coordinator or Extension Agent for
           Brag Night 2006!                             registration details, as registration will open in the next
                                                        few days.
                                                        We will again be in the dorms, but local hotel
                                                        information will also be available at the website
                                                        We encourage you to pair up with a roommate in double
                                                        occupancy rooms if possible. Go to the website above for
                                                        information regarding on-campus housing or contact your
                                                        local agent or coordinator.
                                                        If you are staying in the dorms, your meal ticket
                                                        is included with your housing reservations.
                                                        If you are staying off campus, you can either purchase meals
                                                        individually with cash or purchase a meal ticket for the
                                                        entire conference. Please see the website above for
                                                        instructions on meal plans and enjoy the company of
                                                        other Master Gardeners during meal time.

   *Note: The schedule inside for Master Gardener College 2006 is tentative and subject to change.*
                                     During Your Stay...
BULLETIN BOARD                                                RESIDENCE HALLS, REPAIRS,
Please check the bulletin board in the lobby                  LOCKOUTS, & SECURITY
of Peddrew Yates Hall — you may have messages of              If something is not working properly in your room,
great importance or just a note from a fellow Master          please call the 24-Hour Service Desk at 231-9811. Tell
Gardener who wants you to know he/she has arrived.            them what conference you are with, the room you are
                                                              staying in, and the specific problem you are having. For
MEALS                                                         lockouts, also contact the 24-Hour Service Desk. You are
Meals will be in D2 Dining Center. Hours of service are:      urged to contact your conference aide at the Residence
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.                             Hall desk prior to calling these other numbers; however, if
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.                                they can not be contacted, leave them a note letting them
Dinner: 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.                                know the problem and the action you have taken. This
If you are staying off campus, you may purchase a meal        will keep them “in the know” and hopefully avoid
plan from conference and guest services or you may            duplicate requests. For emergencies at any time, call
purchase individual meals in the dining center with cash      911. For security reasons, all outside doors (except the
only.                                                         front entrance) will be locked between 11 pm and 6 am
                                                              although the meal card will open the doors.
For on-campus attendees: your meal card is in                 MESSAGES
the envelope with your keys. Unless you have registered       Your friends and family can attempt to leave
for additional lodging and meals, your first meal in the      important messages by calling the 24-Hour Service Desk
dining center is Thursday, June 22- dinner. Your last meal    at the residence hall (540/231-9811) or the Office of the
in the dining center is Sunday, June 25 - breakfast           State Master Gardener Coordinator (540/231-2714).
(Sunday lunch is at the Horticulture Gardens and is           Please be sure that they clearly state their name, your
included with the College Registration). Do not place         name, the name of the conference, and the nature of the
this card next to others that have magnetic strips for this   problem. Understand that these messages may not be
will demagnetize it. If you lose this card, it will cost      received in a timely manner, especially if the
you $5 to replace it. If you lose your card or it             Environmental Horticulture number is used.
demagnetizes, go to the 24-hour service desk in the
residence hall to get your replacement. There is no           MEDICAL
charge if it demagnetizes. This card also functions as a      Montgomery Regional Hospital 24-hour Emergency
key to the building when it is locked.                        Services: 540/953-5122.

TELEPHONES                                                    CLASS SELECTIONS
Local calls can be placed and any type of calls               Switching schedules is not advised unless you
may be received by phones in the residence hall rooms.        trade spots with someone. All the classes with limited
To make long distance or 800 number calls, please use a       enrollment were filled by pre-registrations, and there will
campus pay phone. PLEASE NOTE: There is no active             not be enough materials. It is rude and inconsiderate to
phone mail available.                                         “crash” a class.

                                                              Drop your key(s), as you leave, in the marked
                                                              box in the dorm lobby. YOU WILL BE CHARGED
                                                              FOR NON-RETURNED KEYS.

                                                              If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance
                                                              or accommodation, please notify David Close,
                                                              Department of Horticulture, at 540-231-2714 or 800-828-
                                                              1120(TDD) during business hours of 8 am and 5 pm.
                                      - Schedule of Events -
                                     Tuesday 6/20 - Thursday 6/22
          TUESDAY, JUNE 20
    1:00 - 5:00 pm    Leadership Development Training. Join a thorough discussion of the major policies of the VCE MG
                     program. This session is especially important for new Extension agents, new paid and volunteer local
                     coordinators, local Master Gardener Association leaders and other leaders who need to be versed in VCE
                     and Master Gardener program policies.
    7:00 - 9:00pm    Roundtable Discussion. Join us for directed discussions on selected topics. This will also be an
                     opportunity for those of you interested in the new State Record Keeping System that is being developed to
                     play with and try to break a prototype of the newly designed system.
          WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21
    9:00am - 4:00pm Leadership Development Training. This second day of training will be a series of sessions that can be
                    characterized as “Herding Cats 101.” Learn about leadership styles, personality styles, and motivational
                    needs of volunteers and how all these factors affect the effectiveness of your local Master Gardener unit
                    and association. Sessions will include the why and how of grooming new leaders, delegation skills,
                    developing an organizational chart, and managing advanced master gardener volunteers. Today’s
                    session is vitally important to veteran and new agents, coordinators, and volunteer leaders. You do not
                    have to attend Tuesday to attend this session.
    9:00am-5:00pm Tree Steward Training. $75 ($50 for Tree Steward Manual, $25 registration fee) You must have
                    prior approval from your local Extension agent and/or Master Gardener Coordinator to sign up for this
                    advanced training. Those of you receiving permission will have specific tours and classes that you
                    must take in order to receive your advanced training certificate once all the requirements for the
                    training have been met. Contact your local agent to discuss your enrollment before registering for
                    Master Gardener College. See www.advancedmastergardener.org for more details.
    6:00pm          Fun Mystery Event. As a reward to those that tackled one and half days of leadership training, a
                    special event has been planned exclusively for those taking part in leadership development. Details
                    about where to meet will be given to you at Leadership Development Training.
          THURSDAY, JUNE 22
    9:00 - 11:00 am MG Coordinator Update Meeting. This is an update meeting for all local coordinators and Extension Agents to
                     discuss current concerns and take actions to resolve issues.
    9:00 - 11:30 am Tree Steward Training. (Continued from Wednesday)
    9:00am - 4:00pm Check-in - Litton Reaves Lobby.
    11:30 - 12:30 pm VMGA Board Meeting
    11:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch ~ D2 Dining Center.
    12:30 - 5:00 pm Pre-College Tours and Workshops
    12:30 - 5:00     Granny Janney’s Hostas and Wildwood Farms – $10 fee. Limit of 20. Take a scenic ride to Floyd, VA and
                     enjoy an afternoon perusing Granny Janney’s hosta choices. Hop back in the van for a short drive on down
                     the road for an amazing tour of a local daylily farm showcasing hundreds of varieities.
                     Pandapas Pond Tree Walk with John Seiler, VT Department of Forestry - $10 fee. Limit of 20. Enjoy a
                     guided tour with ‘Dr. Dendro’ as he takes you through a variety of forest types including a swampy area of the
                     forest and a stand of Table Mountain Pine. You will also be able to see the results of a Southern Pine Beetle
                     infestation and more.
                     Riverbend Nurseries. $10 fee. Limit of 20. Get a first hand look at one of the largest producers in the New
                     River Valley.
    1:30 - 3:00      Tour of Hahn Hort Gardens & Pavilion. Join Stephanie Huckestein, Head Horticulturist of the Hahn
                     Horticulture Gardens, in the garden as she guides you through this year’s themes and updates you on what is
                     taking place at the Hahn Horticulture Garden.
    1:30 - 5:00      Kentland Farms with Ron Morse, Professor Emeritus of the VT Department of Horticulture. Limit of 20.
                     Be intrigued as Dr. Morse demonstrates and discusses his life-long research area of no-till organic alternative
                     techniques that are used on farm scale operations but could be adapted for the home gardener.

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                                    - Schedule of Events -
                                                  Thursday 6/22

        THURSDAY, JUNE 22
1:30 - 5:00      Smithfield Plantation. $5. Limit of 30. Receive a guided tour of this historic homestead that dates back to
                 the late 1700s. Take a stroll through the restored historic garden.
                 VT Labs: Plant Diagnostic, Soils, Entomology. Ever wonder who processes disease, soil, or insect samples sent
                 to the on-campus labs? You have an opportunity to meet the folks that process samples and see first-hand the
                 facilities where your samples are analyzed.
                 Air Spade Demo/Urban Soils with Bonnie Appleton, Specialist at the Hampton Roads AREC & Eric Wiseman, VT
                 Department of Forestry, (required for Tree Stewards). Watch Dr. Appleton as she reveals the root system of a tree
                 and discusses the importance of proper planting techniques. Dr. Wiseman will then take you through a
                 discussion of urban soils and the importance of mycorhizzal fungi and the negative impact of compacted soils.
                 Tree Injection with Jay Stipes, Professor Emeritus, VT Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, & Weed
                 Science (tentative) Have you ever been curious about how and why tree injection techniques work so well?
                 Watch Dr. Stipes demonstrate this process and discuss the mechanics of how it works.
                 Private Garden Tours with Delbert Jones, VCE MG Volunteer in the New River Valley. $10 fee. Limit of
                 30. Join Mr. Jones for a tour of some of the most spectacular private gardens in the New River Valley. You
                 must ride in one of the vans and no tailgaters allowed! (If you have been on this tour before, please be
                 considerate of others who have not and give them an opportunity to register for this limited tour.)
                 VT Sports Turf with Casey Underwood, Director of Outside Facilities, Athletic Department. For you sports
                 enthusiasts and turf fans, get a guided tour of the athletic fields and learn all the intricacies about Worsham
                 Field at Lane Stadium, English Field and others.
                 Community Garden Initiatives. $10 fee. Limit of 20. Tour Blacksburg’s community gardens and
                 see how local VCE MG volunteers work with the local YMCA. You will also get an opportunity to see the
                 positive impact of gardening with at-risk youth as you tour the Christiansburg Detention Center and see their
                 garden and greenhouse operation and listen to some of the youth talk about their work in the garden and
                 Community Wetland & Rain Gardens with Dean Crane, Director of Parks & Rec. See three community
                 parks and how they address low impact development – Heritage Park (riparian/wetland planting), Municipal
                 Park (a fully constructed and working rain garden), and Wong Park (a rain garden in the process of being
                 constructed). $10 fee; limit of 20.
3:00 - 5:00      Insect Walk with Eric Day. Eric Day, Manager of the VT Insect Lab, will give a campus walk identifying
                 insects of concern as well as beneficials. This activity will occur rain or shine and requires a great deal of
                 walking. Wear suitable clothing and appropriate footwear. limit of 15.
3:30 - 5:00      Tour of VT Greenhouse with Stephanie Huckestein, Head Horticulturist of the Hahn Horticulture Gardens.
                 Get the inside scoop on how the greenhouses on campus are operated and the on-going activities.

5:00- 7:00 pm    Dinner ~ D2 Dining Center.

7:30 - 8:00 pm   Welcome to MG College & Awards Ceremony
                 Master Gardener Service Award recipients will be recognized. If you are due to receive a Service Award, make
                 sure your Coordinator has updated the reporting system. We will use it to find out who has achieved the
                 necessary hours of service.

8:00 - 10:00 pm Brag Night Poster Session and Reception
                Brag Night Posters presented. We will be continuing the ever-popular awards for the best Brag Boards. An
                overall winner will be awarded for the highest total points. Likewise individual awards will be given to Brag
                Boards uniquely representing one of the five Sustainable Landscape Management Objectives. Use this
                opportunity to meet, greet and exchange program ideas with other Virginia Master Gardeners. Plan to present
                a Brag Night Poster of your Unit’s best accomplishments. For more information or to register a poster for
                Brag Night (reservations for tables are required), submit the following information to VMGA no later than
                May 20, 2006: Unit name, name and contact information of the responsible person, and if a full or half table
                will be needed. Submit the information using the www.vmga.net web site, or call Bill McCaleb at 434-575-
                                        - Schedule of Events -
                                                           Friday 6/23
          FRIDAY, JUNE 23
    8:30 - 9:00 am Welcome to MG College. Addresses from Sharron Quisenberry, Dean College of Agriculture & Life Sciences,
                   Mark McCann, Interim Director VCE, Jim Riddell, Associate Director ANR, and Jerzy Nowak, Horticulture
                   Department Head.
    9:00 - 12:00pm General Session Speakers.
                   1) Little Ideas from Big Gardens – Holly Scoggins, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture. Botanical
                   gardens are not just for gawking (though the speaker does plenty of that!). Holly will share some plant pairings
                   and design ideas from fantastic public gardens across the country -- DO try this at home!
                   2) Progress in Pruning – Joe Murray, Professor, Blue Ridge Community College (required for Tree Stewards).
                   Be entertained as Joe discusses current trends in pruning and why it’s important to start when the tree is young.
                   3) Contemporary Cultivation of Communities – Angela Adema, Assistant Professor, Deptartment of
                   Communications, Radford University. Webster’s dictionary defines cultivate in multiple ways: 1) to prepare or
                   prepare and use for the raising of crops; to loosen or break up the soil; 2) to foster growth, to improve by labor,
                   care or study; 3) to further, encourage (as in cultivating the arts). Each of these definitions has a unique
                   application to the contemporary Master Gardener. Master Gardeners cultivate the land, programs within
                   communities, and a sense of communty amongst themselves. This talk will explore how we can better
                   cultivate our communities through communications, change orientation, and camaraderie.
    12:15-1:30 pm Lunch ~ D2 Dining Center.
    1:30 – 3:00 pm Session 1
                   1) Virginia Master Naturalist Program – Michelle Prysby, State Coordinator for the VA MN program. Learn
                   about a new community service, volunteer driven program similar in nature to the VCE MG program. The VA MN
                   program focuses on research, education, and stewardship of natural resources.
                   2) Grape Production: Backyards to Farm – Alison Bremner, Extension Agent, Environmental Hort. Grape
                   production can be very rewarding after careful thought and consideration. Learn about site selection, varieties,
                   vineyard establishment, and pests and diseases encountered with Virginia production. Whether you want to
                   grow a few vines or a small vineyard, come learn all the basics to get you started.
                   3) Budding & Grafting – Alan McDaniel, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture & Barry Robinson,
                   Extension Agent, Environmental Horticulture. Learn and perform the basic techniques of grafting and budding.
                   Take home a grafted fruit tree and the renowned pomato plant! $15 lab fee. Limit of 20.
                   4) Hypertufa – Dave Davis, Instructor, Ag Technology. This popular class is being taken to the next level this
                   year. Participants will be given an advanced training in hypertufa. Construct a piece to take home with you but
                   watch and learn how to build larger pieces. $10 lab fee; this class runs from 1:30-5:00. Limit of 22.
                   5) Micropropagation Lab – Suzanne Piovanno, Lab Specialist & Alice Mweetwa, Dept of Horticulture PhD
                   candidate. Learn about tissue culture techniques and micropropagate a few plants (this year it will be Boston
                   Ferns) to take home. You will get to take home a couple of orchids too! $12 lab fee. Limit of 15.
                   6) Tree Walk – Alex Niemiera, Associate Professor, Dept of Horticulture. Take a tree walk with a
                   horticulture bent as Alex guides you to some of the common and more unusual tree specimens on campus. Be
                   prepared rain or shine and wear comfortable walking shoes.
                   7) Shady Characters (Perfect plants you need to have in your shade garden, see?) – Holly Scoggins,
                   Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture. Cultural tips and great perennials, shrubs, and even a few
                   annuals that are up for the challenge of a shade garden (but no weak plants that will end up sleeping with the
                   fishes. . . ). Limit of 40.
                   8) Flowers: More Than Just a Pretty Face – Guy Mussey, Extension Agent, Environmental Hort. The
                   timing of flower production can be used as an indicator for the timing of specific control actions for common
                   insect pests in the landscape. Learn how to use your flowers as an IPM calendar.
                   9) Hormone Therapy for the 21st Century (and more!) – Eric Beers, Associate Professor, Dept of
                   Horticulture. Dr. Beers will present an overview of how recent advances in the molecular genetics of flower
                   development and plant hormone action have been (and could be) applied to the genetic engineering of
                   horticultural crops.
                   10) Appalachian Forest Plants of Economic Importance – Jim Chamberlain, Research Scientist, USDA
                   USFS. Learn how the flora of the southern forests are used to develop local enterprises based on non-timber
                   forest products (NTFPs). NTFPs include trees, shrubs, vines, moss, lichen, and dried roots and herbs. See why
                   there is a growing trend to manage forests for NTFPs as you learn about some of the more common NTFPs.

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                                      - Schedule of Events -
                                       Friday 6/23 - Saturday 6/24
          FRIDAY, JUNE 23
    1:30-3:00   11) Tree Walk – Jay Stipes Professor Emeritus, VT Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, & Weed Science
                (required for Tree Stewards). See trees from a forest pathlogists point of view as Dr. Stipes shares his wealth of
                knowledge about trees and tree health. Be prepared rain or shine and wear comfortable walking shoes.
3:00 – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 – 5:00 pm Session 2
                1) Floral arranging – Alan McDaniel, Associate Professor, Dept. of Horticulture. Come learn the basics of floral
                design and take home your own unique and special arrangement of fresh flowers. $10. Limit of 27.
                2) Hypertufa (continued) – Dave Davis.
                3) Micropropagation Lab – Suzanne Piovanno, Lab Specialist & Alice Mweetwa, Dept of Horticulture PhD
                candidate. Learn about tissue culture techniques and micropropagate a few plants (this year it will be Boston
                Ferns) to take home. You will get to take home a couple of orchids too! $12 lab fee. Limit of 15.
                4) Tree Walk – Alex Niemiera, Associate Professor, Dept. of Horticulture. Take a tree walk with a horticulture
                bent as Alex guides you to some of the common and more unusual tree specimens on campus. Be prepared rain
                or shine and wear comfortable walking shoes.
                5) Hot for Hellebores! (Helleborus x hybridus and Beyond) (advanced topic) – Holly Scoggins, Associate
                Professor, Dept. of Horticulture. This genus is smokin’ hot - we’ll talk about the 2005 Perennial Plant of the Year
                and other species and hybrids that are breaking on to the gardening scene. Limit of 40.
                6) Plant Diagnostics: Is there a fungus among us? – Mike Likins, Extension Agent, Environmental Hort. Mike
                will take you through the process of proper plant diagnostics. Learn how to determine if a plant is being affected
                by a fungus, bacteria, or virus or if it is simply showing symptoms of an abiotic stressor.
                7) Hort Therapy – Jo Ann Rudy, Director of Hort Therapy, Prince William County. Jo Ann will teach you how
                to use the joys of gardening to connect with audiences with special needs. Come away from this session with a
                deeper understanding how gardening increases the quality of life for all people regardless of individual
                challenges or special needs.
                8) Railroad Gardening – Otto Hartenstein, local RR gardening enthusiast. Join Otto at his house for a personal
                tour, demonstration, and discussion about the ins and outs of railroad gardening. Otto will cover layout and
                design issues as well as plant selections. $5. Limit of 20.
                9) Tree ID with TreeFinder Guides – Pat Reilly, Natural Resources Specialist with VCE in Prince William County
                (required for Tree Stewards). Pat will teach the basics of tree identification in a hands-on approach using the
                useful and ever popular TreeFinder Guides. $3.00 lab fee paid on site at the session.
                10) Firewise landscaping – Frank Reilly, VCE MG Volunteer Prince William County. You too, can prevent forest
                fires (from destroying your home!). Learn the basic principles of defensive space and how to plan and maintain
                your landscape to reduce the threat of wildfire to your house. Wildland fires are not just a rural or wilderness
5:00-7:00pm    Dinner - D2 Dining Center.
               Evening to explore Blacksburg. Enjoy the various kinds of entertainment the New River Valley has to
               offer on a summer Friday night. Whether it’s the latest production at the community theater, the weekly
               concert in the park, a quiet dinner at any number of locations or bluegrass music in nearby Floyd, have a
               relaxing time and enjoy the local hospitality.
          SATURDAY, JUNE 24
8:00 - 8:45 am Visit Blacksburg Farmer’s Market.
9:00 - 12:00pm General Session Speakers.
               1) Bordering on Insanity – Bob Lyons, Longwood Gardens. Dr. Lyons will talk about the renovation of the
               300’ Perennial Border at the JC Raulston Arboretum.
               2) The New Environmental Movement – Peter Mitchell, Associate with Marketing for Change. Peter will
               talk about the effectiveness of social marketing as a way of promoting environmental stewardship and
               impacting social behavior. Marketing for Change spearheaded the Chesapeake Club program that was
               unveiled in 2004.
               3) Where Roots Belong: The Dilemma of Planting Too Deep – Bonnie Appleton, Extension Specialist
               at the Hampton Roads AREC. Dr. Appleton will take you through a trees root history and discuss why
               planting trees at the right depth begins not when a consumer transplants a sapling, but rather when the bare
               root seedling makes it into its first pot or directly into the ground at the nursery.

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                                           - Schedule of Events -
                                                       Saturday 6/24
          SATURDAY, JUNE 24
    12:15-1:30 pm Lunch ~ D2 Dining Center
    1:30 – 3:00 pm Session 1
                   1) Garden Projects for Youth: Attracting Butterflies – Carol Heiser, Habitat Ed. Coord., VA Dept. of
                   Game & Inland Fisheries. If you’d like to do more than teach youth how to grow pretty plants, give them an
                   opportunity to plant a habitat for wildlife. Butterfly gardening is the current craze and can be a great way to
                   combat “nature-deficit disorder.” This class covers how to provide a nectar-garden for butterflies and other
                   insects, followed by a sampler of activities from the JMG “Wildlife Gardener” module. A portion of the
                   class will be held outdoors; packet of materials included.
                   2) Elementary Landscape Design – Robert McDuffie, Associate Professor Dept of Horticulture.
                   Participants will design a garden courtyard in this double session. This session runs from 1:30-5:00. Limit
                   of 20.
                   3) Advanced Landscape Design – Kim Webster, Instructor, VA Western Community College. Want to take
                   your landscape design skills to the next level? For those of you that have already taken Robert McDuffie’s
                   workshop or if you consider yourself more than a novice designer, this may be the class for you. This
                   session runs from 1:30-5:00. Limit of 25.
                   4) Low Impact Development – Frank Reilly, VCE MG, Prince William. This overview of LID techniques
                   includes what Master Gardeners can (and should) recommend and implement on the home landscape level.
                   Rain barrels, rain gardens, and much more!
                   5) Introducing the Beetles! – Peter Warren, Extension Agent, Environmental Horticulture. Peter may
                   very well indeed be the true fifth beetle. Peter will teach the basics of insect ID and then spend the rest of
                   the session focusing on the insect Order Coleoptera. Did you know that 40% of all animals on earth are in
                   this insect order? Learn even more interesting facts and characteristics of this insect order. This session
                   runs from 1:30-5:00. Limit of 20.
                   6) Horticulture in Southeast Asia (Taiwan) – Greg Welbaum, Professor, Dept. of Horticulture. Be
                   intrigued as Dr. Welbaum shares some of his observations regarding the commercial horticulture industry
                   in Taiwan and Singapore. He will talk about the orchid industry, sustainable vegetable production operations,
                   and more.
                   7) Landscape Recollections – Bob Lyons, Longwood Gardens. Dr. Lyons will take participants through
                   garden photography from an artist’s perspective. Rather than focusing on the mechanics of garden
                   photography, Bob will takeyou through the process of seeing your garden and recording your garden’s
                   characteristics in a refreshing way. Limit of 40.
                   8) Ecology of Woody Plant Establishment – Roger Harris, Associate Professor, Dept of Horticulture. Dr. Harris
                   will give an update on establishment of woody plants in the home landscape. Why do new plantings fail?
                   This presentation will help us understand the necessary factors to ensure successful planting of woody
                   ornamental landscape plants.
                   9) Educational Programming – Pat Reilly, Natural Resources Specialist with VCE in Prince William County
                   (required for Tree Stewards; open to all Advanced MGs). Learn how to research community needs,
                   determine appropriate teaching methods to meet needs, ensure staffing/resources, and plan for continual
                   improvement. This session runs from 1:30-5:00.
                   10) Small Fruit in the Home Landscape – Jerry Williams, Associate Professor, Dept of Horticulture.
                   Dr. Williams will discuss important features of temperate small fruit crop species which make them
                   suitable for residential landscape usage. Emphasis will be placed on factors critical to success. Several
                   individual species (strawberries, blueberries, brambles and miscellaneous crops) will be highlighted.
                   11) Turf Research Plot Tour -- Find out about the latest trends in turf research at Virginia Tech from one
                   of the turf specialists. $5. Limit of 20.
     3:00 – 3:30 pm Break
     3:30 – 5:00 pm Session 2
                    1) Garden Projects for Youth: Attracting Birds – Carol Heiser, Habitat Ed. Coord., VA Dept. of Game &
                    Inland Fisheries.. Improving habitat for birds and other wildlife is an easy way to get kids interested in
                    gardening and curious about nature. We’ll look at what makes a “good” bird garden and try a sampler
                    of activities from the JMG “Wildlife Gardener” module. A portion of the class will be held outdoors.

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                                          - Schedule of Events -
                                         Saturday 6/24 - Sunday 6/25
          SATURDAY, JUNE 24
    3:30 – 5:00 pm     Session 2
                      2) Elementary Landscape Design (continued) This session runs from 1:30-5:00. See previous page.
                      3) Advanced Landscape Design (continued) This session runs from 1:30-5:00. See previous page.
                      4) Common Pests in the Home – Dini Miller, Associate Professor in Entomology. Dr. Miller
                      shares her knowledge of the pests that make our clients worry, scratch, and squirm.
                      5) Introducing the Beetles! This session runs from 1:30-5:00. See previous page.
                      6) Educational Programming. This session runs from 1:30-5:00. See previous page.
                      7) Arboriculture – Eric Wiseman, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Forestry, VT. So what is the
                      difference between arboriculture and urban forestry? What are some of the current trends and recent
                      advances in the field of arboricutlure? Come find out the answers to these questions and more. Learn about
                      the ten guiding principles of arboriculture and then go outside and see how to apply them.
                      8) Houseplants – Jerry Williams, Associate Professor, Dept. of Horticulture. Dr. Williams will give
                      an overview of basic horticultural principles, cultural practices and environmental factors that affect
                      the growth, development and aesthetics of indoor foliage and flowering plants.
                      9) Lawn Problem Solving – Is your lawn stressed? Learn how to determine if the problems that ail your lawn
                      are abiotic or biotic in nature. Also learn why maintaining proper nutrient levels and appropriately timing
                      the fertilization of your home turf dramatically affects the overall health of your lawn and can help with
                      weed control.
                      10) Research Update at the Urban Hort Center – Receive a guided tour by VT researchers as
                      they discuss the exciting work they have in progress at the Urban Hort Center. Learn about a new
                      cutting-edge growing media that may revolutionize the container plant industry and much more! $5.
                      Limit of 20.
    5:00 - 6:30 pm    Dinner ~ D2 Dining Center
    5:00 - 7:00 pm    VMGA Silent Auction and Wine Tasting. This year we will celebrate the success of the fundraising
                      campaign for the VMGA State Master Gardener Coordinator Endowment.
    7:00 - 8:00 pm    VMGA Business Meeting
    8:00 pm - ????    Master Gardener Do-It-Yourself Party. Bring some snacks to share during this fun fellowship time for

           SUNDAY, JUNE 25
    9:00 - 12:00 pm General Session Speakers
                    1) Gardens of Japan & New Zealand – Robert McDuffie. Sit back, relax and take a journey East with Robert as
                    he travels to the gardens of Japan on the first leg of the adventure. End the journey as Robert shares highlights
                    from his trip to New Zealand.
                    2) Teaming with Microbes – Jeff Lowenfels, founder of Plant-a-Row (required for Tree Stewards). The path
                    leading Jeff to where he is today should clue you in to the type of lecture you can anticipate: He grew up in
                    New York working extensively on his father’s hobby farm. He is a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon,a former
                    attorney, and a past president of the Garden Writers Association. For 30 years now, weekly and uninterrupted,
                    he has written a garden column and has been dubbed the ‘Cal Ripkin of garden columnists.’ Jeff lives in Alaska
                    where he founded “Plant A Row for the Hungry.” Even though Jeff’s family is indirectly responsible for the
                    creation of Miracle-Gro, Jeff has become a leading proponent of non-chemical gardening using cutting-edge
                    concepts of the soil food web which he will share with us. Jeff’s stories of his conversion to chemical-free
                    gardening delighted audiences at the Flower and Garden shows in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Chicago.
                    Our other general session speakers have ‘loaded the bases.’ Stay to see Jeff hit the grand slam home run!
    12:00 - 2:00 pm Picnic/Plant Sale & Plant Swap @ Virginia Tech Horticulture Gardens.
                    Everyone is invited; make sure you check this option on your registration form. Pack up your car and come
                    dressed for the trip home. Enjoy a picnic lunch and indulge your passion for plants. Bring some of YOUR
                    favorite plants to swap (drop them off at the hospitality tent in the Litton Reaves parking lot as you arrive) and
                    see what deals can be had on Holly Scoggin’s Hahn Horticulture Garden plant sale. No food will be served and
                    no plants will be swapped or sold until the conclusion of the final talk.

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                                                                 Calendar of Events

         Date                                    Event                                                 Location                              Contact

        June 5-8,                        Northeast Regional MG                                Newport, Rhode Isalnd                    mastergardenere@uri.edu
          2006                                Conference

       June 8-11,                     Southeast Master Gardener                               Chattanooga, Tennessee                     srmg.tennessee.edu/
          2006                               Conference

      June 28-30,                          Master Gardener                                                                             hort.perdue.edu/mg/info/
                                                                                                      Lisle, Illinois
         2006                           Coordinator Conference                                                                          img_conference06.html

                                                                         MG Spotlight

     Name:                                                                           What year did you graduate from the Master Gardener
                                                                                     training class?
     Wendy Schatzle
                                                                                     What is your favorite aspect of the Master Gardener
     Unit:                                                                           program?
                                                                                     “I think interacting with the people.”
                                                                                     In what area of gardening would you say you’re most
     How did you first find your interest in                                          experienced in?
     gardening?                                                                       “More with the ornamentals, and with the vegetables.”
      “I’ve been gardening all my life, so… it’s a way of
     life.”                                                                          What advice would you give to new gardeners?
                                                                                     “I’d say go with it. Learn everything you can.”
     What has been your greatest accomplishment
     as a Master Gardener?
     “I’d say probably teaching other people different
     aspects of gardening.”

     What type of projects have you invested most of
     your time in?
      “I spend a lot of time in grassroots; I’ve done
     lectures, answering telephones in the Master
     Gardener office…that’s probably most of it.”

    In Season
    David D. Close, VCE State Master Gardener Coordinator
    The Virginia Master Gardener Leadership Development Newsletter goes to all active VCE Master Gardeners in Virginia. It
    is published by the Department of Horticulture, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
    University, Mail Code 0327, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
    Virginia Cooperative Extension programs, activities, and employment opportunities are available to all people regardless
    of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or political affiliation. An equal opportunity/affirmative action
    employer. If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation, please call David D. Close, 540-
    231-2714, during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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