2012 ALABAMA MASTER GARDENER CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 22-24 IN BIRMNGHAM
BIRMINGHAM (February 14, 2012) The Jefferson County Master Gardeners invite all gardening enthusiasts to attend the 2012 Alabama Master Gardener Association Conference as we celebrate “The Magic of Gardening.” We look forward to welcoming gardeners at all levels of experience to “The Magic City” for the 22nd annual conference on March 22-24, 2012. Conference activities will be centered at the Birmingham Marriott on U.S. Highway 280, near shopping and a variety of other attractions.
Pre-conference activities begin on Thursday afternoon with docent-led tours at either Birmingham Botanical Gardens or Aldridge Gardens, a public garden in nearby Hoover. That evening there will be a Welcome Reception and Barbecue dinner at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Activities continue on Friday and Saturday at the Birmingham Marriott. Friday’s keynote speakers include Dr. John Floyd, former editor-in-chief of Southern Living Magazine, and Fred Spicer, executive director of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Attendees will have an opportunity to attend breakout sessions on topics such as native plants, cottage garden design, vermiculture, edible landscaping and vegetable gardening. The Friday evening banquet speaker will be nationally-known storyteller Dolores Hydock. Saturday’s speakers include Robert “Buddy” Lee, developer of the Encore® Azalea, and Paulette Ogard and Sara Bright, authors of “Butterflies of Alabama: Glimpses into Their Lives.” Vendors will offer gardening-related books and wares.
The conference is open to both Master Gardeners and the general public. The full conference schedule and registration forms are available at http://www.amgaconference.org/ or by e-mailing amg2012Reg@gmail.com.