Gardening seminar slated March 23
, 2014

Gardening seminar slated March 23

Northern Neck Master Gardeners will hold their 2013 Gardening in the Northern Neck seminar March 23 at the White Stone Church of the Nazarene at 57 Whisk Drive near White Stone.

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Michael McConkey

The theme, “Getting it Right: Gardening for Success,” is a return to gardening fundamentals, according to spokesman Susan Lindsey. The focus is on “issues of continued interest to our faithful attendees—core horticultural practices, strategies and insights that can make them more successful gardeners.”

The seminar will feature three speakers, whose names will be familiar to many gardening enthusiasts, said Lindsey.  

Mark Viette operates a garden center and nursery in Fishersville. He is the author of several books, hosts a weekly radio talk show, and is a frequent lecturer at gardening forums across the country.  He will address crucial elements for a successful garden, from design, to soil preparation, planting and maintenance.  

Michael McConkey owns the Edible Landscaping nursery in Afton.  He has been in the forefront of the movement to integrate ornamental and edible elements in the landscape. He also is a musician, known to break into song to punctuate his lectures on gardening topics.

Joe Murray, an arborist and educator, will speak about common tree care mistakes in his lecture, How We Hurt the Trees We Love: A Caregiver’s Dilemma.

The exhibit area will include an array of vendors and exhibitors, providing opportunities to discuss specific issues with a range of horticultural experts and environmental organizations.

The event will be held from 8:45 to 3 p.m., said Lindsey. Doors will open at 8:15 a.m.  Master Gardeners will provide beverages, morning snacks and desserts at lunch time. A selection of box lunches can be ordered in advance at $12. Registration is $25 when received before March 15 and $30 afterward.

To register, visit, or call the Northumberland County Cooperative Extension office at 580-5694. Send completed registration forms and checks to P.O. Box 400, Heathsville, VA 22473.

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