Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium

Home gardeners are invited to engage in gardening sessions presented by locally and nationally renowned garden experts.
Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium - Workshops
Language: English
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When: Sat., Apr. 13, 2019
(7:45 AM - 3:30 PM)

Where: Farm and Home Center
1383 Arcadia Rd.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601
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registration deadline: April 7, 2019
11:59 p.m.

The Annual Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium for home gardeners will take a close look at the topics of wildlife, wildflowers, and how to deal with weeds.

To Be Covered

  • Garden Media Group speaker Jourdan Cole will cover eight garden trends and inspire participants to find out how our love of nature is actually a trend inspiring home gardening.
  • Retired Extension Educator Annette MaCoy will present, Weeds, the Plants We Love to Hate, and cover tactics for dealing with them.
  • Miles Arnott, the director of Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, will show us ways that we can incorporate woodland wildflowers into our own gardens.
  • Xerces Society pollinator expert Kelly Gill will conclude the day with a session on native bees and how to nurture the plants that they love.

Vendors and Door Prizes

Garden-related vendors and a wealth of door prizes selected especially for plant lovers will be available!


Saturday, April 13, 2019

07:45 am Registration / Continental Breakfast / Gardeners' Marketplace

08:30 am Welcome

08:45 am 2019 Garden Trends Report: Rooted Together—Reconnecting with the Natural World Dive deep into the intrinsic connection people have with nature and find out how banding together could be the best defense to protect the earth. Eight recent garden trends show how our love of nature will become an emotional, physical, and spiritual resource to help us connect and find a common focus to save the planet.

09:50 am Weeds, the Plants You Love to Hate As gardeners, we love plants, so why do we hate weeds? Weeds are fascinating and sometimes beautiful, but also tough and tenacious interlopers in the garden. Learn all about weeds, from identification, natural history, and life cycles of common weeds to control strategies in the garden, including the best long-term method of weed management.

10:50 am Break

11:10 am Gardening with Woodland Wildflowers Much of the earliest color in our native woodlands is provided by wildflowers that bloom before the trees above then leaf out. Miles Arnott, Executive Director of Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, will discuss the unique life cycles of these early spring beauties and their ecological benefit.

12:15 pm Lunch (provided) / Gardeners' Marketplace / Visit our Garden Hotline Master Gardeners

01:15 pm Getting to Know Our Native Bees and Their Habitat Needs Participants will learn about the diversity of pollinators in our landscape and the status of pollinator populations, including how to recognize native bees, an overview of native bee biology, and their foraging and nesting habitat needs.

02:30 pm Pollinator Plants for Hedgerows and Gardens Participants will learn about high-value pollinator plants for hedgerows and gardens and how to design and manage pollinator friendly landscapes.


Miles Arnott

Jourdan Cole

Kelly Gill

Annette MaCoy


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