A Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners event:

Central Shenandoah Valley Garden Symposium: Going Native

October 19, 2019 at 9:00 am

October 19, 2019

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association is proud to announce the second annual Central Shenandoah Valley Garden Symposium! This year’s speakers include: Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home; Heather Holm, author of Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide; Ian Caton of Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery; and Kevin Conrad of the U.S. National Arboretum. This event promises to provide both a fun and informative focus on the important role of native plants in our everyday life, preserving native plants, insect and animal species, and how to maximize the use of native plants in your landscape.

The symposium will also offer an opportunity for sponsors, vendors, and non-profit organizations to set-up displays, sell items, and engage with enthusiastic gardening, birding, and conservationist enthusiasts!

Registration is required before October 1st for both the general public and sponsors/vendors/non-profit organizations. Registration may end prior to October 1st if space is no longer available, so register early! Registration is $65 for the general public and includes lunch. Sponsors and vendors can register across multiple levels, ranging from $50 to $350. Registration for non-profit organizations and non-commercial exhibitors is $25. Please see attached flyers below for additional event information and details, and registration instructions and forms.

We anticipate filling our capacity quickly, so register early! Registrations will be confirmed upon receipt by email.

General Public – Registration Form

Sponsor, Vendor, and Non-profit – Registration Form


Speakers & Topics:

Doug Tallamy – “A Chickadees Guide to Gardening (An old title with a new talk)”

Heather Holm – “What’s the Buzz About Native Bees ”

Ian Caton – “Four Seasons of Native Blooms”

Kevin Conrad – “Conserving Native Ornamental Plants for the Landscape”

Follow this link to learn more about our featured speakers: Speaker Biographies


Contact Symposium Coordinator, Keala Timko at sktimko@hotmail.com or (316) 789-5395 should you have any questions.


Gold Sponsors:

The fee for this event is (see registration form): August 1-31 ($65); September 1-30 ($75); October 1-10 ($85)

For more details, see the flyer for this event (PDF)

This event is at the following location: Blue Ridge Community College, Plecker Center: 1 College Lane, Weyers Cave, VA. A map of the location is below.