A Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners event:

Central Shenandoah Valley Garden Symposium: Going Native

October 27, 2018 at 8:00 am

October 27, 2018

8:00 am to 3:00 pm


The Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association is proud to announce the first Central Shenandoah Valley Garden Symposium: “Going Native”! Our featured speaker, Doug Tallamy, will be presenting two sessions. Ian Caton of Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery and Jim Hurley of Blue Ridge Prism will round out the event. The symposium promises to provide a fun and informative focus on the important role native plants have in our landscapes, dealing with invasive species, and maximizing the use of native plants.

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 for both the general public and sponsors/vendors/non-profit organizations. Seating is limited, so register early! Registration is $65 for the general public and includes lunch. Sponsors and vendors can register across three levels, ranging from $100 to $350. Registration for non-profit organizations $25. Please see attached flyers below for additional event information and details, and registration instructions and forms.

Registration must be postmarked by October 21, 2018 and registrations will be confirmed upon receipt by email.  Full refunds are no longer available.  Any refund request will be decided at the organizations discretion.

Speakers & Topics:

Doug Tallamy – Making Insects: A guide to restoring the little things that run the world

Doug Tallamy – Are ‘Alien’ Plants Bad?

Jim Hurley – Reducing the Impact of Invasive Species on Our Natural Heritage

Ian Caton – Native Substitutes for Common Ornamental and Invasive Plants

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


Milmont Greenhouses & Garden Center http://www.milmont.com 

Program – Central Shenandoah Valley Garden Symposium (2018)


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

This event is at the following location: Blue Ridge Community College - Plecker Center. 1 College Lane, Weyers Cave, VA 24486. A map of the location is below.