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Gardening in the Valley Symposium 2021 Goes Virtual

19 February 2021

We pre-recorded today’s conversation via Zoom to get the details about Gardening in the Valley Symposium 2021 with Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association.

Joining me on the Zoom screen was Bob Gail, Immediate Past President of NSVMGA and Lynn Hoffman & Helen Lake, Co-Chairs of the event which will take place virtually on March 6, 2021 from 9am – 4pm.

During our conversation they explained how they came to the decision to move forward with the event this year virtually as opposed to cancelling. Lynn walked us through the day’s events, told us about the various speakers who will present and included information about the 50/50 raffle and silent auction. The auction is open for bids here: https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/index.cfm?auctionID=25928 All proceeds from the Gardening in the Valley Symposium 2021 benefit the NSVMGA Memorial Scholarship Fund.

This full day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) continuing education symposium will feature four speakers and topics (see below). Morning and afternoon sessions will be separated by a lunch break that will give you time to eat and stretch your legs while you listen to other short topics including highlights from Frederick County’s FFA and an update on the Spotted Lanternfly from Virginia Cooperative Extension.

The symposium costs $45 (plus processing fee). To purchase tickets, please go to their event webpage and click on the green “Tickets” button.

Topics and speakers for the 2021 Gardening in the Valley Symposium:

Urban Beekeeping and Apiculture’s Role in Sustainable Urban Agriculture with Brad Garmon 

Mr. Garmon is the owner and chief apiarist of the Commonwealth Bee Company (www.commonwealthbee.com), a Certified Naturally Grown urban apiary and apicultural services company located in Falls Church, Virginia. He provides locally raised honeybee colonies, honey, wax products, support services, and colony relocations.

Herbs for Health and Cooking with Sondra Baker Johnson

Ms. Johnson began studying herbalism in the 1980s and put it to practical use with her family, pets, and farm animals. Her hobby turned into a Front Royal-based business, Natures Common Scents, LLC, (naturescommonscents.com).

Raised Beds vs. Traditional Gardens with Lynne Phillips

Ms. Phillips is the manager at Natural Art Garden Center (www.naturalartgardencenter.com) located in Toms Brook. Lynne grew up on a farm and is an avid vegetable and plant gardener.

Back to my Roots with Diane Kearns

Diane Kearns is a 4th generation orchardist from a German/English family that made the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia its home just after the Civil War. As the markets of today change, Fruit Hill is diversifying and changing with them.  Winchester Ciderworks which produces hard cider entirely from Fruit Hill’s fruit, is a natural step and brings to the market a product that combines the uniqueness and quality demanded by today’s consumers with the tradition and history of a handcrafted beverage.

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Gardening in the Valley Symposium 2021 Goes Virtual

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