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Thursday, May 25
 

8:30am

All you Need to Know for the Morning of the Event
What should I bring?
  • A hard copy or electronic copy of your ticket
  • Your name badge
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Cash or a credit card for Trade Show purchases
  • Tote for purchases
  • Whatever you use to take notes

Where do I go and how do I get there?

Directions to Stamp Student Union by Car and Public Transportation
Download a Campus Map with Parking Instructions for the Event | Free Parking in Lot 1b

Ok. Where do I go once I'm in Stamp Union?
Download the Stamp Union Building Map
When you arrive for the event, head straight to Prince George's Room to check-in and receive a wrist band. 

Great! I'm here. Do you have Wifi?
Username: mastergardener
Password: iftproagmatt
1) Connect to the "UMD" network, 2) Open a new browser window/tab, 3) Go to umd.edu, 4) Type in the username and password and login. All usernames and passwords are lowercase.

Plan to arrive around 8:30am and enjoy the continental breakfast and Trade Show before Opening Remarks begin at 9:30am.


Thursday May 25, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
n/a Stamp Student Union

8:30am

Check-in and Continental Breakfast
When you arrive for the event, head straight to Prince George's Room to check-in and receive a wrist band. 

From there, you are welcome to stop by the Grand Ballroom Lounge for the continental breakfast and the Grand Ballroom and Atrium for the Trade Show.

Connect to our Wifi network
Username: mastergardener
Password: iftproagmatt
1) Connect to the "UMD" network, 2) Open a new browser window/tab, 3) Go to umd.edu, 4) Type in the username and password and login. All usernames and passwords are lowercase.


Thursday May 25, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Prince George's Room Stamp Student Union

8:30am

Trade Show Exhibits
Over 25 different exhibitors will be featured in the Trade Show. Stop by the Atrium Room and Grand Ballroom to browse the selection of plants, tools, and housewares on display.

Thursday May 25, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Atrium Room and Grand Ballroom Stamp Student Union

9:30am

Welcoming Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Tom Porter

Dr. Tom Porter

Acting Associate Dean, University of Maryland Extension
Dr. Porter moved to the University of Maryland in 1997 as an Assistant Professor. After subsequent promotions to Associate Professor and Full Professor, he was appointed Chair of the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences in 2007. Dr. Porter became the Acting Associate Dean of U... Read More →
avatar for Jon Traunfeld

Jon Traunfeld

Program Director and Master Gardener State Coordinator, University of Maryland Extension, Home and Garden Information Center
Jon Traunfeld is Program Director for the Home and Garden Information Center and Maryland Master Gardener Program. His work team supports county/city Master Gardener programs across Maryland and develops and delivers high quality training materials and classes for Master Gardener volunteers. Home and Garden Information Center website content provides clientele with the information and answers to garden and manage land in harmony with... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom Stamp Student Union

10:00am

Living in the Wild: My House
Experiencing wild nature needn’t be limited to the remotest regions of the world. It can occur in even the smallest backyard garden. Learn how noted landscape designer Larry Weaner interacts with and responds to ecological processes to create an ever-evolving wild yet still ornamental garden in his small property outside Philadelphia. Learn how this brains-over-brawn approach goes beyond simple editing of what occurs naturally and incorporates natural processes and plants’ reproductive abilities to achieve common aesthetic and functional goals. And perhaps most importantly, discover how loosening the reins can bring a newfound mystery and discovery to even the smallest garden.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Weaner

Larry Weaner

Principal & Founder, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates
Larry Weaner has been creating native landscapes since 1977. His firm, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, has a national reputation for combining ecological restoration with the traditions of garden design. The firm’s work has received numerous awards, been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Garden Design, American Gardener, and Landscape Architecture Magazine, among other publications, and been included on tours with The Garden Conservancy, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, and the American Horticultural Society. Larry lectures actively throughout the U.S., and in 1990, he founded New Directions in the American Landscape, a conference series with a national following. He recently coauthored Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change (Timber Press, 2016... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand Ballroom Stamp Student Union

11:00am

Break
Thursday May 25, 2017 11:00am - 11:15am
n/a Stamp Student Union

11:15am

All About Paw Paws
Paw paws are edible landscape all-stars that add beauty and delicious fruit to any landscape. This talk by paw paw grower and edible landscape designer Michael Judd will go into depth on selecting, growing, propagating, and celebrating our largest native fruit.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Judd

Michael Judd

Edible Landscaper, Ecologia, Edible & Ecological Landscapes
Principle designer/founder of Ecologia, and author of Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist, Michael Judd is a well known and enjoyed speaker, noted for enthusiastic and clear presentations on a host of subjects surrounding edible and ecological landscapes. Michael is a pr... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Juan Ramon Jimenez Room

11:15am

Saving Your Seed Heritage
Curious about heirloom seed saving? Learn how to grow good seed, the timing of planting and harvesting, and clever tricks for processing seed. We will examine drying, fermenting, threshing, winnowing, sieving, and germination testing. Try out a few processing methods and take seeds home. This workshop has a Powerpoint presentation and self-exploration. 

Speakers
avatar for Pat Brodowski

Pat Brodowski

Head Vegetable Gardener, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Pat has degrees from Cornell University and McDaniel College, attended Maryland Institute of Art, was a local columnist for the Baltimore Sun, and was the historian/educator at the Carroll County Farm Museum. She's been Vegetable Gardener for Thomas Jefferson's Monticello since 2... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Thurgood Marshall Room

11:15am

Restoring Pollinators: Grow Organic
Learn how Lisa’s community of native bees and other pollinators came naturally because of growing flowers without chemicals. Bringing flowers back to the vegetable garden and landscape will provide habitat and food for native pollinators and other beneficial creatures. Lisa will share her steps to gardening without chemicals--what flowers to grow, how to get your soil hopping with microbes, starting from seed for organic plants, and day-to-day life with an organic garden.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Mason Ziegler

Lisa Mason Ziegler

Author, Gardener's Workshop Farm
Lisa Mason Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author, and nationally recognized speaker on organic gardening. Lisa has been farming since 1998; her urban three-acre farm produces thousands of stems of flowers and an abundance of vegetables each week in season. | | Lisa is owner of The... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Margaret Brent Room

11:15am

Pest and Disease Diagnostic Walk
Examine and diagnose insect, disease, and abiotic landscape problems. Rain or shine, dress for the weather and bring a bottle of water. This walk is for Master Gardeners who participate in Plant Clinics. Note: This walk is not for folks looking to see pretty plants!

Speakers
avatar for David Clement

David Clement

Extension Specialist, University of Maryland Extension, Home and Garden Information Center
David Clement's primary focus areas include invasive disease species education, the correct diagnosis of ornamental/lawn problems, and management of diseases/cultural issues through IPM strategies. He coordinates, develops, and participates in scholarship, teaching, and service to the University of Maryland... Read More →
avatar for Mary Kay Malinoski

Mary Kay Malinoski

Extension Specialist, University of Maryland Extension, Home and Garden Information Center
Mary Kay Malinoski received a B.S. in entomology from the University of Delaware and an M.S. in pest management from the University of California Riverside. She serves as a statewide University of Maryland Extension Specialist in entomology/IPM. Mary Kay assists with pest p... Read More →
avatar for Christine McComas

Christine McComas

Certified Professional Horticulturalist, University of Maryland Extension, Home and Garden Information Center
Chris McComas is a Certified Professional Horticulturist. Click here to Ask an Expert your plant and pest questions!


Thursday May 25, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Meet on the main entrance stairs Stamp Student Union

11:15am

Compost and Vermicompost at ECO City Farms
This talk will describe the systems of compost making at ECO City Farms. We will describe how and where we get compostables, and how we process them for hot compost and vermicompost. 

Speakers
avatar for Benny Erez

Benny Erez

Senior Technical Advisor, ECO City Farms
After years working in an academic setting at the University of Maryland doing agricultural research, Benny Erez brings knowledge of theoretical and practical farming technology to ECO City Farms. He is passionate about the need to wean ourselves off the gas-guzzling commercial fertilizers and replace them with sustainably produced compost. His experience with composting technology comes from years of managing the University of Maryland Central Maryland Research and Education Center Compost Facility and visits to Austrian compost enterprises... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Benjamin Banneker B Room

11:15am

Natural Landscape Design: Meadows, Woods, and Water
Natural gardens can reduce maintenance, improve the environment, and enhance the beauty of any residential property. Through a series of case studies, this presentation details techniques for gracefully integrating native plant compositions and ecological processes into the residential setting. Projects are presented from inception to maturity, providing a behind-the-scenes look at both practical and aesthetic considerations involved in creating and maintaining natural gardens.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Weaner

Larry Weaner

Principal & Founder, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates
Larry Weaner has been creating native landscapes since 1977. His firm, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, has a national reputation for combining ecological restoration with the traditions of garden design. The firm’s work has received numerous awards, been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Garden Design, American Gardener, and Landscape Architecture Magazine, among other publications, and been included on tours with The Garden Conservancy, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, and the American Horticultural Society. Larry lectures actively throughout the U.S., and in 1990, he founded New Directions in the American Landscape, a conference series with a national following. He recently coauthored Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change (Timber Press, 2016... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Charles C. Carroll Room

11:15am

The Right-Size Flower Garden: Exceptional Plants and Design Solutions for Busy and Maturing Gardeners
Change happens. Job demands, kids, hectic schedules, aging bodies, and changing interests have led to gardens that are not in balance with our lifestyle. Time for some ‘editing’. This inspiring lecture provides easy-to-follow right-sizing strategies, recommended no-fuss plant material, and design tips for stunning year-round gardens that will be as close to ‘autopilot’ as you can get!

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Ann Mendez

Kerry Ann Mendez

Garden Designer, Author, Perennially Yours, LLC
As an award-winning garden designer, author and lecturer, Kerry Ann Mendez focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants and sustainable practices. She has been on HGTV and in numerous magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Gate and Better Homes &... Read More →



Thursday May 25, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Colony Ballroom

11:15am

Get to Know your Maryland Reptiles and Amphibians a Little Bit Better
This presentation is a review of select species of Maryland reptiles and amphibians. You'll learn about their habits, their important role in nature, and how to help them survive in our urban environments. This presentation includes live animals. 

Speakers
avatar for Raymond Bosmans

Raymond Bosmans

Professor Emeritus University of Maryland & President-Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society, Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society
Ray is a Professor Emeritus with the University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He served for 32 years with Extension, specializing in horticulture, landscaping and aquatic gardening. Although Ray is a plant specialist, he provided advice and training t... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Pyon Su Room

11:15am

Phillips Wharf & The Fishmobile
Come learn about Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, a partner and host site of the Maryland Master Naturalist program. Phillips Wharf is a unique center on an island with a storied history: Tilghman Island. We will talk about how environmental centers and naturalists can bridge the gap between conservation in the Chesapeake and a long tradition of unsustainable seafood harvest. We will be bringing live Bay animals and discussing how to properly interpret live animals to the public. Our aquaculture manager will also explain how we are using our oyster aquaculture program to train watermen in becoming oyster growers instead of relying on wild harvest.   

Speakers
avatar for Marisa Moon

Marisa Moon

Education Director, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center
Marisa Moon is the Education Director at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, a non-profit organization located on Tilghman Island on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Phillips Wharf is known for its free estuarium, oyster aquaculture operation, and the "Fishmobile", a converted bookmobile which brings native Chesapeake fauna throughout the state. Marisa is responsible for Phillips Wharf's education and outreach programs. Before coming to Phillips Wharf, she worked as an environmental educator in Florida, Maryland, and Rhode Island. She received her Bachelors in Marine Science... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Calvert Room Stamp Student Union

11:15am

The Healthiest Forest: What Science Says about Old-Growth
What is the difference between a forest that has been “managed” and one that has been left alone? Forest owners are frequently told that their forests must be managed to be healthy -– but what exactly is a healthy forest? How can we measure the health of a forest? One way is to measure the board feet of timber that can be cut from it, and another way is to measure the diversity and abundance of organisms that live in it. In this presentation I will share the evidence, contained in my new book Nature’s Temples, which shows that the unmanaged forests are the ecologically most healthy. I will also describe the latest activities of the Old-Growth Forest Network, an organization created to ensure that there will always be protected, open-to-the-public, forests across the US.

To download a copy of Joan Maloof's PowerPoint presentation, click on this link to access the Dropbox folder, then click on Download in the upper right corner of that page.

Speakers
avatar for Joan Maloof

Joan Maloof

Executive Director, Old-Growth Forest Network
Joan Maloof is a writer, an ecologist and a conservationist with a unique voice in today’s times. She has studied and worked with plants her entire life; her formal education includes a bachelor’s degree in Plant Science, a master’s degree in Environmental Science, and a Doctorate in Ecology. She is a professor emeritus at Salisbury University where she taught Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies. Dr... Read More →



Thursday May 25, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Benjamin Banneker A Room

12:30pm

Lunch and Free Time
Each lunch box includes potato chips, whole fruit, and two cookies. 

Each sandwich offered has a gluten free bread or a gluten free tortilla wrap option. In addition, two gluten free cookies will be included in gluten free meals. 

Lunch Options
avatar for Roasted Chicken Salad Croissant

Roasted Chicken Salad Croissant

This sandwich includes chicken salad and American cheese.
avatar for Turkey and Provolone Cheese Croissant

Turkey and Provolone Cheese Croissant

This sandwich includes turkey, provolone, lettuce and tomato.
avatar for Grilled Portobello Mushroom Wrap

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Wrap

This vegetarian tortilla wrap includes roasted red peppers, baby spinach and Boursin cheese.
avatar for Spicy Mexican Vegetable Wrap

Spicy Mexican Vegetable Wrap

This vegan tortilla wrap includes refried beans, roasted zucchini and yellow squash, avocado, lettuce and tomato.


Thursday May 25, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Grand Ballroom Lounge Stamp Student Union

12:30pm

Master Naturalist Class Reunion and Recognition Ceremony
Grab your lunch in the Grand Ballroom Lounge THEN proceed to the Charles C. Carroll Room on the 2nd floor to connect with fellow Maryland Master Naturalists from around the state. We’ll award service pins (for 100, 250, and 500 hours) and share program ideas and updates before heading back to our concurrent afternoon sessions.

Thursday May 25, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Charles C. Carroll Room

12:30pm

Master Gardener Merchandise Overstock Sale
The Master Gardener State Office will have a variety of UME Master Gardener branded items available for sale. 

Please be aware that we will accept cash or check only for these purchases.

Thursday May 25, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Atrium Room Stamp Student Union

12:30pm

Trade Show Exhibits
Over 25 different exhibitors will be featured in the Trade Show. Stop by the Atrium Room and Grand Ballroom to browse the selection of plants, tools and housewares on display.

Thursday May 25, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Atrium Room and Grand Ballroom Stamp Student Union

1:45pm

Kitchen Garden: Growing Unusual Edibles
What is an unusual edible? To someone who has never planted a vegetable garden, even lettuce is unusual, but experienced gardeners are always looking for something a bit different. Add interest to your vegetable and fruit garden by growing unusual varieties of kitchen garden stalwarts and  exotic edibles. We'll complete the adventure by sharing recipes to augment your culinary repertoire.  

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Brown

Cindy Brown

Manager, Education and Collections Management, Smithsonian Gardens
Cindy Brown is the Manager of Horticulture Collections Management and Education at Smithsonian Gardens, a position she has held since 2010. Cindy leads a talented team overseeing Smithsonian Gardens’ archives, object and living collections, education, and web/social media. Cindy... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Charles C. Carroll Room

1:45pm

Saving Your Seed Heritage
Curious about heirloom seed saving? Learn how to grow good seed, the timing of planting and harvesting, and clever tricks for processing seed. We will examine drying, fermenting, threshing, winnowing, sieving, and germination testing. Try out a few processing methods and take seeds home. This workshop has a Powerpoint presentation and self-exploration. 

Speakers
avatar for Pat Brodowski

Pat Brodowski

Head Vegetable Gardener, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Pat has degrees from Cornell University and McDaniel College, attended Maryland Institute of Art, was a local columnist for the Baltimore Sun, and was the historian/educator at the Carroll County Farm Museum. She's been Vegetable Gardener for Thomas Jefferson's Monticello since 2... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Thurgood Marshall Room

1:45pm

Friend or Foe and How to Know: Some Tricks for Identifying Larvae of Insects on and in Woody Plants
Most Master Gardeners can tell the difference between a lady beetle and a mealybug. Did you know the larvae of some species of lady bugs are covered with white wax and are often misidentified as mealybugs and treated with insecticides? This presentation will teach gardeners some tricks to help them tell the difference between the immature stages of garden pests and beneficial insects that eat them. 

Speakers
avatar for Mike Raupp

Mike Raupp

Professor of Entomology, University of Maryland
Mike Raupp is the Bug Guy. He works with businesses, agencies, institutions, nonprofit organizations, and the general public to demystify insects and to develop sustainable landscape programs.


Thursday May 25, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Margaret Brent Room

1:45pm

Insect Damage Walk & Talk
Insect damage is commonly found in ornamental landscapes, but it’s often hard to tell what type of insect caused it. Weather permitting, we will take a walk around campus and look at common examples of insect damage. We will go over how to determine what type of insect caused the damage, and how to treat it. If the weather is bad, then we will look at samples and pictures inside. 

Speakers
avatar for Ginny Rosenkranz

Ginny Rosenkranz

Master Gardener Coordinator, University of Maryland Extension
Ginny Rosenkranz has been with the University of Maryland Extension since 1994 as the Commercial Horticulture Extension Educator for Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties. Her responsibilities include assisting and educating greenhouse, nursery, landscape contractor, garden c... Read More →
avatar for Emily  Zobel

Emily Zobel

Agriculture Agent, University of Maryland Extension
Emily Zobel is the Agriculture extension agent for Dorchester County. She received her B.S. in Ecology and M.S. in Entomology from the University of Maryland College Park. Her thesis work focused on the feeding and reproductive habits of the brown marmorated stink bug on vegetabl... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Meet on the main entrance stairs Stamp Student Union

1:45pm

Know your Fertilizers
Understand the fertilizer guarantee. Review the major sources of fertilizers. Learn to decipher the confusing terminology around fertilizers such as "organic", "synthetic", " commercial", "slow release". Look and feel examples of  many common fertilizers.  

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Steinhilber

Patricia Steinhilber

Program Coordinator, University of Maryland
Trish is a soil fertility specialist who has coordinated the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources' Agricultural Nutrient Management Program since 1993.


Thursday May 25, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Calvert Room Stamp Student Union

1:45pm

Diagnostic Tips and Recognition of Landscape Diseases in Maryland
Hey, I'm a Master Gardener, why are my plants sick? Come learn about some of the common diseases and some of the new diseases that are coming to your gardens this year!

Speakers
avatar for David Clement

David Clement

Extension Specialist, University of Maryland Extension, Home and Garden Information Center
David Clement's primary focus areas include invasive disease species education, the correct diagnosis of ornamental/lawn problems, and management of diseases/cultural issues through IPM strategies. He coordinates, develops, and participates in scholarship, teaching, and service to the University of Maryland... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Juan Ramon Jimenez Room

1:45pm

Jaw-Dropping Flowering Shrubs – the New No-Fuss Glamour Plants!
Do you want to add drama, winter interest and colorful flowers to your gardens while reducing maintenance time? Then include some spectacular flowering shrubs, many which also contribute dazzling foliage and are pollinator friendly. Lots of NEW cultivars will be featured.

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Ann Mendez

Kerry Ann Mendez

Garden Designer, Author, Perennially Yours, LLC
As an award-winning garden designer, author and lecturer, Kerry Ann Mendez focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants and sustainable practices. She has been on HGTV and in numerous magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Gate and Better Homes &... Read More →



Thursday May 25, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Colony Ballroom

1:45pm

The Fundamentals of Woody Plant Identification: A Hands on Approach
This presentation is an introduction to woody plants using samples provided by the instructor. There will be discussions involving which characteristics to focus on and a process to follow to make the correct identification.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Conrad

Kevin Conrad

Curator, U.S. National Arboretum
Kevin Conrad is Curator of the Woody Landscape Plant Germplasm Repository of the U.S. National Arboretum. This program is connected to the Agricultural Research Services, National Plant Germplasm System of the United States Department of Agriculture. He has worked for the Nationa... Read More →



Thursday May 25, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Pyon Su Room

1:45pm

Integrated Forestland Management
The health of many public forests in Maryland is threatened.  Challenging the norm of “benign neglect,” Don uses Baltimore County’s 1000-acre Oregon Ridge Park as a case study for proactive management for forest ecosystem health and sustainability.  This case study covers a decade of work beginning with a quantitative forest health assessment and management plan developed to guide restorative management.  Don describes how forest science and practices are applied to manage the Oregon Ridge forest to protect water quality, provide for native habitat, and enhance recreational experiences for citizens in the face of oak decline, pests such as Gypsy moth, invasive plants, and deer herbivory.  The Oregon Ridge Park project is Maryland’s only example of a large public park being managed for forest health.

Speakers
avatar for Don Outen

Don Outen

Advocate for forest health and sustainability, Retired from Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability
Baltimore native Don Outen retired in 2017 from a 44 year career in land use planning and environmental management in Maryland. He was trained as a Geographer and Planner and is a Charter Member (since 1979) of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Don last worked for 29 years for Baltimore... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Benjamin Banneker B Room

1:45pm

Raptors: Our Modern Day Dinosaurs
In this presentation we will cover the natural history and splendor of our local Birds of Prey. This presentation includes live animals.

Speakers
avatar for Billy Heinbuch

Billy Heinbuch

Nature Specialist / Ranger, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
Billy “BoxTurtle” Heinbuch works for the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland where, for the last 10 years, he has run the Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center. CDNC is a privately run nature center dependent solely on private donations for its operating expenses. BoxTurtle specializes in pre... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Benjamin Banneker A Room

3:00pm

Break
Thursday May 25, 2017 3:00pm - 3:15pm
n/a Stamp Student Union

3:15pm

Beyond Bok Choy: The Chinese Kitchen Garden
Do you have experience with growing carrots and lettuce? Mastered the weeknight stir fry? Attend this workshop to learn how to grow and enjoy a wide variety of Asian vegetables such as chrysanthemum greens, luffa gourds, bitter melon and many more, along with growing tips for success. Gardener and home cook Wendy Kiang-Spray will explain how to use these vegetables traditionally and in your own recipes. Tried growing Asian greens but frustrated with bolting and pests? Learn tricks to grow lush and delicious greens. Love fragrant lemongrass but have no idea how to cook with it? Learn how to use the tough flavorful stalks in recipes.  

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Kiang-Spray

Wendy Kiang-Spray

Author, The Chinese Kitchen Garden
Wendy Kiang-Spray is a garden writer and speaker. Her articles about gardening and food have appeared in national and local print publications. She gardens in Rockville, Maryland where she also works as a high school counselor. In her spare time, Wendy volunteers with the DC Mast... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Benjamin Banneker B Room

3:15pm

Maximizing Therapeutic Value of Medicinal Herbs
Medicinal herbs get their therapeutic properties through plant phytochemicals, and the quality of an herb is dependent on the concentration of specific phytochemicals present in its plant matter.  Plant chemistry is highly influenced by growing conditions – climate, soil quality, light, water, etc; therefore, providing optimal conditions to maximize active phytochemical constituents results in herbs with stronger medicinal properties.  This talk will provide guidelines for growing, harvesting, and storing quality herbs for maximum therapeutic value.  Examples of specific, easy-to-grow backyard herbs and their active constituents will also be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Koczaja

Donna Koczaja

Clinical Herbalist, Green Haven Living, LLC
Donna Koczaja, M.S., graduated from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) with a Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Clinical Herbalism. Originally educated as a mechanical engineer, she combines the ri... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Pyon Su Room

3:15pm

Insect and Mite Pests of Small Fruit
This presentation is an overview of common insect and mite pests of berries in this area, including ways to recognize them and strategies for dealing with them in back yard plantings. 

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Hamby

Kelly Hamby

Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Maryland
Dr. Kelly Hamby received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Entomology at the University of California Davis with a focus on sustainable Integrated Pest Management for insect pests. Her research includes optimizing current management strategies as well as developing and evaluating new strateg... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Benjamin Banneker A Room

3:15pm

Insect Damage Walk & Talk
Insect damage is commonly found in ornamental landscapes, but it’s often hard to tell what type of insect caused it. Weather permitting, we will take a walk around campus and look at common examples of insect damage. We will go over how to determine what type of insect caused the damage, and how to treat it. If the weather is bad, then we will look at samples and pictures inside. 

Speakers
avatar for Ginny Rosenkranz

Ginny Rosenkranz

Master Gardener Coordinator, University of Maryland Extension
Ginny Rosenkranz has been with the University of Maryland Extension since 1994 as the Commercial Horticulture Extension Educator for Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties. Her responsibilities include assisting and educating greenhouse, nursery, landscape contractor, garden c... Read More →
avatar for Emily  Zobel

Emily Zobel

Agriculture Agent, University of Maryland Extension
Emily Zobel is the Agriculture extension agent for Dorchester County. She received her B.S. in Ecology and M.S. in Entomology from the University of Maryland College Park. Her thesis work focused on the feeding and reproductive habits of the brown marmorated stink bug on vegetabl... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Meet on the main entrance stairs Stamp Student Union

3:15pm

Protect and Conserve Pollinators and Natural Enemies in our Landscapes
Insects provide beneficial ecosystem services such as biological control of plant feeding insects, and pollination of food crops and flowering plants in natural and managed environments. Beneficial insects can be negatively affected in managed and disturbed environments. This presentation will briefly discuss measures towards protecting and conserving these insects, including the use of flowering plants, with some emphasis on descriptions of beneficial insects and their identification and diversity.

Speakers
avatar for Rebeccah Waterworth

Rebeccah Waterworth

Post-doctoral Associate, University of Maryland
Rebeccah is a post-doctoral associate in the Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland. She joined Dr. Paula Shrewsbury’s lab in April 2015 after completing her degree at University of California at Riverside. While in California, she worked on projects that focused... Read More →



Thursday May 25, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Charles C. Carroll Room

3:15pm

Know your Fertilizers
Understand the fertilizer guarantee. Review the major sources of fertilizers. Learn to decipher the confusing terminology around fertilizers such as "organic", "synthetic", " commercial", "slow release".  Look and feel examples of many common fertilizers.  

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Steinhilber

Patricia Steinhilber

Program Coordinator, University of Maryland
Trish is a soil fertility specialist who has coordinated the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources' Agricultural Nutrient Management Program since 1993.


Thursday May 25, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Calvert Room Stamp Student Union

3:15pm

Finding your own Garden Style
There are many ways to create a beautiful garden, but the important thing is to create a garden that will be beautiful for the people who live in it. Five simple design principles can be used to  understand your own or a client's vision of what is beautiful, so that you can bring that vision to life in the garden.  

To download a copy of Elin Haaga's PowerPoint presentation, click on this link to access the Dropbox folder, then click on Download in the upper right corner of that page.

Speakers
avatar for Elin Haaga

Elin Haaga

Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University
Elin Haaga was born in 1953 in Usk on the Welsh border, but brought up in Somerset in the south west of England. She was educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University where she read for a BA/MA in History and she also studied in London University for a Diploma in Education. S... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Colony Ballroom

3:15pm

Milkweeds of Maryland
Did you know that our state boasts 12 different native milkweed species? In this presentation we will tour them all, discussing their habitats, distribution, and conservation needs, as well as their horticultural uses and requirements. We will take a plant-centric approach, but of course monarchs and other milkweed-loving insects will be essential to the discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Tangren

Sara Tangren

Master Gardener Educator, University of Maryland, Home & Garden Information Center
Sara Tangren is an Agent Associate for the University of Maryland Extension, where she teaches native plants and sustainable landscaping for the Master Gardener program. She received her Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Maryland in 2001. Her areas of specialization include plant biogeography, native landscaping, plant propagation, the native plant and seed industry, native meadows, and rare plant conservation. She established the first native gardens at the University of Maryland Arboretum... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Margaret Brent Room

3:15pm

Getting Nerdy with Nature: Using Citizen Science to Inspire Stewardship
Citizen Science is a versatile tool that can benefit and enhance programs of all types and sizes. Regardless of experience level, anyone can become a Citizen Scientist, collecting and contributing valuable information. The data collected from these programs can be used in a variety of ways by researchers, universities, non-profits, and other organizations. Learn how the National Aquarium is using Citizen Science to inspire a new generation of environmental stewards, and how you can use Citizen Science to benefit your program too!

Speakers
avatar for Maura Duffy

Maura Duffy

Conservation Technician, National Aquarium
Maura Duffy is a Conservation Technician at the National Aquarium. She leads field-based programs, including the Aquarium's citizen science efforts, annual BioBlitz, and the restoration of Atlantic white cedar habitat. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Mathias

Stephanie Mathias

Conservation Technician, National Aquarium
Stephanie Mathias is a Conservation Technician in the field conservation team at the National Aquarium. She coordinates volunteer involvement in the Aquarium’s restoration events, as well as their local sustainable gardening efforts. She holds a BS in Environmental Science from U... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Thurgood Marshall Room

3:15pm

Through the Years: A Journey through Maryland's History and State Parks
Take a visual journey through the history of Maryland from the time of the dinosaurs through today as told through some of Maryland's 72 state parks. Learn about the land, the people and some of the significant places that have played an important role in helping to form our nation.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Spurrier

Mark Spurrier

Ranger, Maryland Park Service
Born on a dairy farm in Frederick County, Mark has always had a love for the outdoors. He graduated from Frederick Community College in 1996 with an AS degree in Park Management. It was during this time that he began volunteering with the Maryland Park Service and its Scales & Ta... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Juan Ramon Jimenez Room

4:30pm

Refreshment Break
Need a little pick-me-up? Please stop by and pick up some refreshments on the way to the final talk of the day.

Thursday May 25, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom Lounge Stamp Student Union

5:00pm

Knockout Natives: Choosing Superior Cultivars for your Landscape
Mt. Cuba Center is a public garden that specializes in plants native to the eastern United States. As part of its mission to inspire and conserve, Mt. Cuba Center conducts native plant research in various forms. Join George Coombs as he details how Mt. Cuba selects and evaluates native plants for superior garden performance. This talk will pay special attention to their most recently completed trials on Coreopsis, Monarda, and Baptisia.

Speakers
avatar for George Coombs

George Coombs

Manager, Research Horticulturist, Mt. Cuba Center
George is the Manager of Horticultural Research at Mt. Cuba Center where he oversees the trial program, evaluating native plants and their related cultivars for their horticultural and ecological value. To date, he has authored reports on Heuchera, Coreopsis, Baptisia, and Monard... Read More →


Thursday May 25, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom Stamp Student Union