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2021 Massachusetts Gardening Symposium – virtual

The 2021 Massachusetts Gardening Symposium is open to gardeners of all levels of experience, including home gardeners, Master Gardeners, and Green Industry professionals. Themed “Inspiration for Next Year’s Garden,” the event is set for September, when gardeners are typically putting their current gardens to bed and formulating plans for enhancements for the coming year. Pricing for the four-lecture program is $60.00 through July 1; $80.00 from July 2 to September 7. Registration closes September 7, 2021, and attendance is limited.

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Plant symbiosis: The good, the bad, and the complicated (The 18th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium), virtual

Plants, like all organisms, exist in collaboration and competition with other life forms. As primary producers, plants form the basis of most food webs. In many cases they also depend on insects, vertebrate animals, bacteria, and/or fungi to survive and reproduce. Sometimes these interactions are especially close and long lasting and such symbioses are among the most fascinating relationships in the natural world. The 18th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium will explore current research in the diversity of plant symbioses, examining the relationships plants have with insects, fungi, bacteria, and even other plants. Speakers will include botanists, ecologists, microbiologists, and geneticists whose research unravels the complicated relationships that plants have with their collaborators and competitors in the natural world.

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Mindfulness through Ikebana: 4-part online course

In our busy world, the Japanese art of ikebana offers a moment of calm. Flower arrangement is an opportunity to practice mindfulness, connect with the natural world, and express your creativity. The Sogetsu school of ikebana emphasizes adaptability and self-expression, designed to be practiced by anyone, anywhere in the world. In this four-session course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of Sogetsu-style ikebana, including how to select plant materials, basic techniques to create beautiful arrangements, and the philosophy behind the practice.

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Biodiversity Weekend with The Caterpillar Lab at Bedrock Gardens

Come see amazing caterpillars brought to you by The Caterpillar Lab. (www.thecaterpillarlab.org) Enjoy wonderful educational experiences for all with special tours and family programs. Bedrock Gardens is an emerging public garden integrating unusual botanical specimens and unique sculpture into an inspiring landscape journey.

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Book Signing Event Weekend at Bedrock Gardens

Join Bedrock Gardens and our Founding Director John Forti for a book release/signing. John is a historical horticulturist, ethnobotanist, slow food biodiversity advocate, educator, lecturer, garden designer, garden consultant and the Executive Director of Bedrock Gardens. We are celebrating the publication of his newly released book entitled “The Heirloom Gardener – Traditional Plants and Skills for the Modern World.”

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Theodore Payne Foundation Native Plant Garden Tour – A Journey Through Time and Place

Join us for an interactive at-home experience of California native plant gardens and landscapes through the seasons. Expanding from spring to an entire year of transformation, TPF’s 18th Annual Garden Tour will take you on an adventure through a select group of gardens with HD video and 360-degree views. Together, we’ll become immersed in the urban ecosystem and the native plant community which makes it thrive. Join us for stunning garden footage, landscape designer and homeowner interviews, expert panel discussions, live music, photo contests, native plant beer tasting, and a keynote address from Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home.

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Wild and Beautiful: Artist Alliance Sculpture Exhibit at San Diego Botanic Garden

It is with great pleasure that San Diego Botanic Garden, in partnership with Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance, presents the Wild and Beautiful sculpture exhibition. SDBG has developed a longstanding tradition of exhibiting sculptures within their lush 37-acre urban oasis that, in keeping with the times, continues on a moderated scale for 2021.

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Virtual Connecticut Master Gardener Association Symposium

On Saturday, March 20th starting at 9:00 am, Connecticut Master Gardeners, guests and the public will have the opportunity to hear national and regional experts talk about “Gardening Any Time, Any Place” by virtually attending the Connecticut Master Gardener Association (CMGA) 28th annual garden symposium. Speakers include Margaret Roach, Dan Benarcik, Tovah Martin, Lorraine Ballato, Irene Brady Barber, Gregory Bugbee, Nancy DuBrule-Clemente.

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The Story of a Garden: Creating Coltsfoot with Juliet Hubbard at Hollister House Garden

Juliet and John Hubbard have created an enchanting cottage garden around a colonial house that has in the family for over 100 years. A series of perennial and vegetable gardens, formal in composition, are softened by the informal planting of old-fashioned roses, peonies, irises, and day lilies. Follow Juliet as she shares her story of designing, creating and gardening at Coltsfoot.

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Life in the Studio: Inspirations and Lessons on Creativity with Frances Palmer at Hollister House Garden

In this talk Frances will explore the links between her exquisite pottery and the bountiful flowers that she grows in two large cutting gardens. Using her own stunning photographs, Frances traces how the ceramics and flowers are inextricably linked in her creative process.

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