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The Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are proud to announce the spring line-up of Speakers for the 11th Annual Symposium, on March 20, 2021.
Ginger Woolrich – a trained landscape architect and garden consultant, Woolridge is co-author with Tony Dove of Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States: The Guide to Creating a Sustainable Landscape. This authoritative catalog of 85 native species highlights the attributes of native plants and their importance in the food web. The book was praised by Doug Tallamy as “an important new tool to our native plant libraries.”
Ira Wallace – a seed saver, an educator, and the essential intellectual and physical energy behind Southern Exposure Seed Exchange—one of the country’s best known and most respected sources for heirloom and open-pollinated seeds organic seeds. Wallace serves on the boards of the Organic Seed Alliance, the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming. She also writes about heirloom vegetables and seed saving for magazines and blogs including Mother Earth News, and Fine Gardening.
Sam Droege – wildlife biologist at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, part of the US Geological Survey. He is widely published in journals and has been the editor of numerous government publications on birds and insects. His work cataloging and photographing bees has been featured by NPR, The Weather Channel, and the National Wildlife Federation, as well as in numerous publications including Wired, the Wall Street Journal, and Popular Science.
William Cullina – executive director at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. Bill Cullina will show how plants' world of pollen, poisons, pigments, pheromones, sugars, and sex translates to sound organic practices we all can benefit from. Cullina is a recognized authority on North American native plants, a writer, and a lecturer.
Tickets go on sale February 1, and can be purchased through the Loudoun County Master Gardeners web page link included below under "Additional Information".
To learn more about this program, view this flyer (PDF).