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To Plant a Garden Is to Believe in Tomorrow




"To Plant a Garden Is To Believe in Tomorrow"

The Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association’s

VIRTUAL GARDENING SYMPOSIUM

Jan 16 – Feb 6, 2021

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Registration and payment must be received on or before Friday, January 22th.  If your registration is mailed in late, you will be sent a link to the remaining "live" sessions and at a later date a link to all four of the recorded sessions.

 

WMMGA is offering 4 gardening webinars over 4 Saturdays beginning January 16th, 2021. Starting at 2:00PM on each of those Saturdays, these interactive classes via GoToWebinar will cover vegetable garden seed selection; composting; insect identification and control; and garden design using native plants to better support pollinators.

 

Cost: $35.00 for the entire series. Attending these classes "live" will allow registrants to ask questions of the speakers, but if you can't "attend" any class when it's being presented live, recordings of all of webinars will be available to paid participants through June, 2021.



SCHEDULE

 

January 16: A Pathway from Seed to Garden: Getting Ready for Spring Planting

Presenter: Ron Kujawski  (Recorded)

A successful vegetable garden depends on many factors and many steps. Ron will take you through the first crucial steps, including: tips for seed selection, jargon used in catalogs to describe seeds, starting seeds indoors, garden soil preparation, and direct seeding and transplanting.

 

January 23: Composting for Sustainability - What It Is, What It's Good For and How to Make It
Presenter: George Kingston

Compost is a natural fertilizer produced by recycling food and plant waste. When you compost instead of discarding, you reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce your reliance on artificial fertilizers. Learn how to make compost in many different ways that fit everything from an apartment to a farm, and how to use what you make.

 

January 30: Squish This, Not That! A Fun Bug Guide

Presenter: Ken Conway

A practical and fun guide to bugs to make sure that you don't squish the good guys. Ken will go over some common insects that are accidentally killed because they "look" bad; fun ways to attract predators to eat the “bad” bugs, with ways to attract "good" bugs; and some non-toxic methods to control insects using organic and natural sprays. Take a look at the vast diversity of insects that are commonly found in the garden if you look closely enough. Learn some common stages of insect development, since many insects look quite different at different stages! You'll come away with a better understanding of the little buggers.

 

February 6: Designing With Native Plants to Attract & Support Pollinators

Presenter: Larri Cochran

Whether you're creating a new garden, or updating an existing one, learn how to add native plants to all your settings! Native plants play critical roles as host plants for butterflies as well as vital food sources for endangered bees. We'll discuss garden design basics, plant selection & habitat requirements, and bloom cycles for two dozen native plants to ensure your gardens flower from early Spring to late Fall.

 

 


If you have any questions, contact:  Cindy Sanford Taylor, cindyagawam@comcast.net

Cancellation Policy:  Registrations are not refundable. 



When:
Saturday, January 23, 2021 to Saturday, February 6, 2021
Where:

Additional Info:
Contact(s):
Cindy L Sanford Taylor
Category:
Symposiums
Registration is required before Friday, January 22, 2021 at 12:00 AM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Registration closes on Friday, January 22nd.

Non-WMMGA members please note - There will be an additional $2.00 fee added to your registration for credit card payment.

Contact Cindy Sanford at cindyagawam@comcast.com for more information.
Cancellation Policy:
Please note: Registration Fees are not refundable.
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