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The Cleveland County Master Gardeners Volunteers invite you to attend our second annual Garden Symposium! The theme for our second symposium is Cabin Fever – Gardening In My Own Backyard. We will be offering classes and activities aimed at reducing that winter chill and getting you ready for spring! All activities are open to every attendee and will be perfect for any skill level.

Whether you are new to gardening or have cultivated many plots, the presenters here will help you learn and grow as a budding gardener and get your mind ready to be outside in the warmer weather just around the corner.

Join us for a wonderful event with like-minded people who share the love of gardening!
 
 

Special Guests

Bodie Pennisi, PhD

Professor, Statewide Extension Landscape Specialist, Dept. Horticulture, University of Georgia

Dr. Pennisi teaches several college undergraduate and graduate courses: Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants, Plant Propagation, Plant Physiology, and Plants, Pollinators, and You. Dr. Pennisi serves on the boards of the statewide industry groups, Georgia Green Industry Association and the Georgia Urban Agriculture Council. She also serves as a scientific advisor to the board of the national non-profit organization Green Plants for Green Buildings (GPGB).

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Dr. Bodie Pennisi is a Professor and statewide Extension landscape specialist in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia. She received her Master of Science in 1996 and Doctoral degrees in 1999 from Environmental Horticulture Dept. of University of Florida in Gainesville. She joined the Horticulture Department at UGA in 2000. Dr. Pennisi is responsible for planning and coordinating a statewide Extension program to support the professional landscape industry, and conducting applied research with emphasis on sustainable landscape practices such as biodegradable containers and microbial inoculants. Dr. Pennisi also conducts research on quantifying and qualifying floral provisioning resources for pollinators, biological enemies, and ecosystem services. She assist county Extension agents with landscape trouble-shooting, landscape planning, and local programming. She teaches Master Gardener training classes on landscape installation and maintenance, WaterSmart landscapes, interiorscapes, herbaceous and woody ornamental plant selection, plant propagation and plant physiology.

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Jeffrey Gillman, PhD

Director, University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Botanical Garden

Jeff Gillman is the Director of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Botanical Garden. He holds a master’s degree in Entomology and a Ph.D. in Horticulture, both from the University of Georgia. He is also the author of five books on gardening and the environment and is a contributing editor to Fine Gardening Magazine.

 

Jim Barilla, PhD

Associate Professor, English Language and Literature, University of South Carolina

James Barilla is the author of two nonfiction books including his latest, My Backyard Jungle: The Adventures of an Urban Wildlife Lover Who Turned His Yard into Habitat and Learned to Live with It (Yale University Press), which considers the habitat of a typical urban yard in light of what’s happening with wildlife in burgeoning cities like Delhi and Rio de Janeiro.

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James is also the author of West with the Rise: Fly Fishing Across America (University of Virginia Press. His work has appeared in print or online in The Atlantic, National Geographic, The New York Times and Conservation as well as numerous other publications, and he has appeared on a variety of national public radio shows such as WHYY’s Radio Times and PRI’s Living on Earth. James now teaches creative nonfiction and environmental literature in the MFA program at the University of South Carolina.

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Jim Kunkle

Coordinator, Cleveland County Bluebird Society

Jim Kunkle attended the School of Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture. Jim retired recently from an Architectural profession of 40 years. He studied Architecture and drawing in several mediums and his current work is pen and ink and watercolor and does much photography work. He won an award recently at the RCVAG Gallery in Rutherfordton for a photo of a Great Blue Heron. His love of drawing, painting, photography and wildlife has led him to volunteer as the Cleveland County Bluebird Coordinator.

 

Lee Reich, PhD

Farmdener, Author, Consultant

Lee Reich dove into gardening over 40 years ago, initially with one foot in academia, as an agricultural scientist with the USDA and Cornell University, and one foot in the field, the organic field. He eventually expanded his field to a “farmden” (more than a garden, less than a farm) and left academia to lecture, consult, and write.

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He is the author of several books, most recently The Ever Curious Gardener: Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden, and his syndicated column for Associated Press appears bimonthly in newspapers from coast to coast. His farmden has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times and won “Most Beautiful Vegetable Garden” award in Organic Gardening Magazine. Besides providing a year ‘round supply of fruits and vegetables, the farmden has an educational mission and is a test site for innovative techniques in soil care, pruning, and food production. Science and an appreciation of natural systems underpin his work.

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Cabin Fever is being graciously hosted by Cleveland Community College in Shelby, North Carolina. The event will be held in campus’ Student Activities Center. (shown below)

Cleveland Community Colelge

More detailed information including parking and directions can be found on this page.

 

Event Schedule

8:00 – 9:00
Check-In and Vendors
9:00 – 9:15
Welcome
9:15 – 10:15

Opening Keynote: “Weedless Gardening” with Lee Reich

Introducing a novel way of caring for the soil, one that results in fewer weeds. Nurturing the ground from the top down, avoiding soil compaction, maintaining a soil cover, and pinpointing watering emulates rather than fights Mother Nature, keeping plants healthier and minimizing weed problems. Learn how to apply this 4-part system to establish new plantings as well as to maintain existing plantings. The principles and practices are rooted in the latest agricultural research and are also applicable to sustainable, small farm systems.

10:15 – 10:30
Break and Vendors
10:30 – 11:30
Session A

“What’s All the Buzz About?” with Bodie Pennisi

The public’s interest in pollinator gardens has never been higher, and with all the buzz around, do you know which species/cultivars are the best, and which do well in your area? To give the best advice, you need to talk about creating a pollinator habitat – a concept which includes more than herbaceous plants with pretty flowers. A pollinator garden attracts all manner of insects – do you know them all? How can you tell a honeybee from a native bee; what about a fly from a wasp? What are best management practices when it comes to pollinators? Bodie will answer these questions and share current UGA research in the area of integrated pest management, ecosystem services, and wildflower species for floral provisioning of pollinators and beneficial enemies.

“The Truth About Organic Gardening” with Jeff Gillman

There are all kinds of organic fertilizers, pesticides, and other amendments for your garden, but do they work as well as more conventional options? And are they really safer? In this talk we will take a closer look at the history of the organic movement as well as the safety and efficacy of many common organic practices.

“Lessons from a Backyard Wildlife Garden” with Jim Barilla

Even the smallest garden can be a surprisingly rich habitat for a variety of other species. In this talk, we will consider some of the surprising ways that people are living with wildlife in cities around the world, and what lessons we might learn about creating habitat in our own backyards. How do we learn to live with wildlife? What are the joys and challenges of bringing other species into the garden? We will cover some of the practical tips for creating a wildlife-friendly garden.

“Birds in the Backyard” with Jim Kunkle

In this workshop, experience the chronological life of the Eastern Bluebird. Jim will also share his love of bluebirds and successful strategies for attracting and supporting bluebirds, as well as other wildlife, in your backyard.

11:30 – 12:30
Lunch
12:30 – 1:30
Session B

“Flavor, Fragrance and Medicine from the Garden” with Bodie Pennisi

Lots of people grow vegetables and fruits to use in their cooking, but have you ever thought of getting more for your gardening efforts? How about growing a little fragrance along with your squash, or planting some culinary herbs to put more flavor in your dinner? Plants can be used not only for food but as natural enhancers for our health. Plants contain nutrients and other phytochemicals that can boost energy and help fight off diseases. Learn how medicinal plants work and how to start your own health garden.

“The Plants We Eat” with Jeff Gillman

Based on the podcast “The Plants We Eat”, this talk will investigate the amazing history and science behind the plants that we use for food. From the seventeen year old who developed the modern strawberry to the secret behind seedless bananas and the accidental creation of poison tomatoes, this talk will give listeners a look into how plants have made their way from the wild onto our plates.

“Lessons from a Backyard Wildlife Garden” with Jim Barilla

Even the smallest garden can be a surprisingly rich habitat for a variety of other species. In this talk, we will consider some of the surprising ways that people are living with wildlife in cities around the world, and what lessons we might learn about creating habitat in our own backyards. How do we learn to live with wildlife? What are the joys and challenges of bringing other species into the garden? We will cover some of the practical tips for creating a wildlife-friendly garden.

“Birds in the Backyard” with Jim Kunkle

In this workshop, experience the chronological life of the Eastern Bluebird. Jim will also share his love of bluebirds and successful strategies for attracting and supporting bluebirds, as well as other wildlife, in your backyard.

1:30 – 1:45
Break
1:45 – 2:45

Closing Keynote: “It’s All in the Family” with Lee Reich

Families matter, in the garden, for plant health, plant identification, and more. This presentation details how plant families came about, and why knowing something about the families is good for every gardener to know.

2:45 – 3:45
Door Prizes and Closing