2018 – Winter Symposium

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The Cleveland County Master Gardeners Volunteers invite you to attend our first annual Garden Symposium! The theme for our first symposium is Cabin Fever. 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!

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.

Special Guests

Amy Cilmi

Proprietor, “Flower Bar” at Hayfields Market, North Salem, NY

Amy’s love of gardening, growing and flowers began about 15 years ago after joining the Rusticus Garden Club (a member club of Garden Club of America). Now as a past president of Rusticus GC, a Garden Club of America Vice Chairman of New York State and a graduate of Paula Pryke’s Flower School in London, she has turned her passion into a business.

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In 2017, Amy opened the “Flower Bar” at Hayfields Market in North Salem, New York. Whether it’s a small dinner party, a floral gift or a lavish affair, Amy offers bespoke floral arrangements and unique container designs. Amy also teaches floral design workshops such as: European handtied arrangements, seasonal wreathes, flower crowns, centerpieces, pot de fleurs and more.

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Dr. Barbara Fair

Associate Prof. at NC State, Landscape Specialist, NC

Barbara Fair is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science and the Landscape Specialist for North Carolina. She provides expertise to extension faculty and the green industry, focusing extensively on issues of landscape and arboriculture.

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In addition, Barbara teaches Landscape Ecosystem Management and Green Infrastructure: The Functional Use of Plants in Urban Landscapes at NC State in the four year program. She is a certified arborist with an extensive arboriculture and urban forestry background.

Barbara earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s from Penn State University and obtained her PhD from Ohio State University.

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Bryce Lane

Professor Emeritus, NC State University

An avid gardener, Bryce has gardened on the same one quarter acre plot for 34 years. Bryce retired from NC State three years ago. He now spends his time giving garden talks, doing leadership training, consulting, teaching horticulture part time at NC State University and at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Bryce and his wife of 40 years also spend plenty of time with their 6 grandchildren!

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Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus
Lecturer Emeritus, NC State University
Horticulture Speaker and Gardening Advocate

Bryce grew up in Western Massachusetts, where he discovered his passion for plants and telling others about them, working at a local garden center through high school and college. After earning his BS in Plant Science from the University of Massachusetts in 1979 and an MS in Horticulture from The Ohio State University in 1981, he came to the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University as a Lecturer, teaching in both the two-year and four-year programs. In 1987 he became the Undergraduate Coordinator, serving the department in that capacity for 26 years. He has received numerous local, regional, and national teaching awards and is frequently invited to speak at many gardening workshops and symposia.

He hosted and produced a three-time, Emmy winning, UNC TV public television show called “In the Garden With Bryce Lane”, which was on the air for 11 seasons.

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Jeanne Aller

Chair of Speakers Bureau for Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

Jean is a transplanted New Yorker who loves living and gardening in Greensboro NC. She is a 17-year veteran of Guilford county’s NC Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program and a past president of that organization. Currently she serves as chair of the Speakers Bureau for the EMGVs, and is also involved with Community Garden Outreach.

 

Paul Owen

Owner, Slightly Different Nursery in Polkville, NC

Paul has been an invited speaker to over 140 organizations worldwide, owner/steward of the current #1 ranked (of 409) internationally designated “AHS Daylily Display Gardens”, and creator of over 250 cultivars of modern daylily hybrids.

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Paul was raised on the beaches of south Florida, his teens in Appalachia, backpacked Europe and camped in over 50 US National Parks…. let’s just say he enjoys life and all that it has to offer.

In 1990 he bought a home in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. The challenge of completely renovating the landscape ignited his interest in perennials and finally exclusively daylilies. In 2005, he moved 1100 named cultivars and 10,000 seedling clumps to his beautiful “Slightly Different Nursery” in Polkville, NC. A propagator at heart, he takes pride in producing high quality and unusual plant materials.

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Event Schedule

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

Opening Keynote: “The Power of Plants: A Sustainable Approach to Home Landscaping” with Bryce Lane

Plants have the amazing ability to make all things better. Working with plants (gardening) improves the environment, society, and our own lives. When we garden with sustainability in mind we create a better place for all living things to live. This talk focuses on ecological and sustainable approaches to home landscaping. From soil preparation, to plant selection, to managing water, and taking care of our landscapes, we will see how powerful plants really are.

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

“EDIBLE LANDSCAPES” with Jeanne Aller

One of the hottest horticulture trends today is adding to your quality of life, and the enjoyment of your gardening space, by creating a landscape that includes some ornamental edible plants. Spring is a natural time to get started, so the discussion will offer some ideas and inspiration for creating your own ‘personal paradise’ garden.

“Be Succulent!” with Amy Cilmi

Participants will be creating a living succulent vase for cut flowers. All supplies, plants, flowers and container are provided for this beautiful make and take living vase. Additional $25 fee.

“Pruning: Let’s Just Do It” with Dr. Barbara Fair

Dr. Fair will take the guess work out of pruning shrubs and small trees. Making the cut takes time and artistry, and knowing the basic science behind it all.

“Sex in the Garden: Hybridizing 101” with Paul Owen

A”DIY” workshop on how to create your OWN “slightly different” gardens!

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

“EDIBLE LANDSCAPES” with Jeanne Aller

One of the hottest horticulture trends today is adding to your quality of life, and the enjoyment of your gardening space, by creating a landscape that includes some ornamental edible plants. Spring is a natural time to get started, so the discussion will offer some ideas and inspiration for creating your own ‘personal paradise’ garden.

“Be Succulent!” with Amy Cilmi

Participants will be creating a living succulent vase for cut flowers. All supplies, plants, flowers and container are provided for this beautiful make and take living vase. Additional $25 fee.

“Planting for Success: Handling the Root of the Mater” with Dr. Barbara Fair

In this presentation, Dr. Fair will show the basic techniques for handling container-grown plants to ensure long-term health and vitality.

“Sex in the Garden: Hybridizing 101” with Paul Owen

A”DIY” workshop on how to create your OWN “slightly different” gardens!

1:30 – 1:45
Break
1:45 – 2:45

Closing Keynote: “Gardening in Modern Times: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” with Bryce Lane

Gardening is not that complicated… it’s hard! There is so much information available to us to achieve successful results, yet so often our attempts result in failure. We end up confused, frustrated, and uneasy about this “rewarding” hobby. By mastering a few basic gardening practices, we can transform our gardens into outdoor spaces that reward, inspire, enhance and benefit our community and the environment. Come hear about the secrets to successful home landscape gardening.

2:45 – 3:45
Door Prizes and Closing