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Virtual Annual Symposium

  • Overview

    This year, in light of COVID-19, we’re taking the Annual Symposium virtual for an October filled with engaging online lectures.

    This roster of gardeners will speak candidly about gardening in hopes of exploring and explaining how and why to garden in a changing world, how gardens fit into their daily lives or inform their professional practice and how gardening is more relevant than ever to health and the environment.

    Speakers will present on Thursdays, Oct. 8-29, via Zoom Webinar. There will be one presentation a week beginning at 6 p.m. CDT. Each presentation will follow with a moderated question forum until 7:15 p.m. CDT. You can choose to purchase all four presentations or an individual presentation.

    Speakers and Topics:
    Thursday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m. CDT: Christin Geall, Foam-Free Florals: Artful Design the Old-Fashioned Way (live demonstration)
    Thursday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m. CDT: Abra Lee, It’s not the Setback; It’s the Comeback!
    Thursday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m. CDT: Irvin Etienne, Zone Denial: Tropical Gardening in the Midwest
    Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. CDT: David Culp, A Bountiful Year: Six Seasons of Beauty from Brandywine Cottage