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Greenville Master Gardener Symposium

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Saturday February 2, 2013 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM
1 Exposition Dr. Greenville SC 29607  (map)

TD Convention Center

The Greater Greenville Master Gardeners Association cordially invites you to our annual garden symposium, February 2, 2013.

This year’s theme is “Hortitopia,” a term coined by MG Marian St.Clair. “Hortitopia” represents the essence of gardening in this area, a utopia of opportunities for diversity in landscape and vegetable gardening.

Brochures with registration information may be downloaded here. Early registration is encouraged

Featured Speakers

Kirk Brown will portray John Bartram, America's first and foremost botanist and plant collector. His humor, his passion and his achievements will entertain, inspire and awe as he shares his hope for the future of the earth and the people who inhabit it.

Dr. Larry Mellichamp will bring excitement to your horticultural pursuits that will reinvigorate your inquisitive intellect. Get ready to take a walk on the wild side and grow some “Bizarre Botanicals”.

Tim Spira celebrates the rich diversity of natural plant communities found in the Piedmont region of the Carolinas. He will show us how to combine plants in aesthetically pleasing designs that mimic plant associations found in nature.

Concurrent Sessions

Bruce Adams: Community Gardening: Bringing Out the "Wow Factor”

Kirk Brown: Sustainability and the American Dream

Dan Long: Grow Up! Using Vines and Climbers in Your Garden

Scott McMahan: Floral Fusion: A Blend of Wild Collections and New Selections

Tim Spira: Exploring Native Plant Communities of the Carolina Piedmont

Cory Tanner: Extending the Vegetable Growing Season

Welcome to our 2013 Vendors!

Backyard Birds, Birdhouses and Stuff, Brushwood Nursery, Fiction Addiction, Heavenly Seed, artist Marie Scott, McMahon Nursery, Ornamental Steel, featured artist Ron Gillen, jewelry maker Rachael Wilder, Rustic Remakes, Rustic Birdhouses, Schneider Trees, Specialty Ornamentals, and Stone-Cold Jewelry


8:00 a.m. Registration, Coffee, Vendor Sales

8:45-9:00 Welcome, Introductions & Information

9:00-10:00 First Class Session, Kirk Brown

10:00-10:30 Break, Vendor Sales

10:30-11:15 Second Class Session, Concurrent Choice

11:15-11:30 Break, Vendor Sales

11:30-12:30 Third Class Session, Mary Palmer Dargan

12:30-1:30 Lunch, Vendor Sales

1:30-2:15 Fourth Class Session, Concurrent Choice

2:15-2:45 Break, Vendor Sales

2:45-3:45 Fifth Class Session, Larry Mellichamp

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