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Master Gardener 2016 Educational Conference April 23

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Waterford, MI – Spring is now really just around the corner! Time to start thinking about YOUR garden. A new one? A kitchen garden? A renovation? Need new ideas? We’ve got the solutions to make your gardening dreams come true. The Master Gardener Society of Oakland County, Inc. Garden Conference Committee is proud to announce that tickets are now on sale for their 4th Annual Educational Garden Conference “Gardening and All That Jazz – Adding Pizazz to YOUR Garden!” The date is Saturday, April 23, 2016 and this is an all-day seminar. Early bird tickets are $70; after March 14 the price increases to $80. We encourage you to purchase your tickets early as only a limited number are available.

candlewickshoppeADblueThis outstanding educational conference will again be held at the beautiful Oakland Schools Conference Center, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, in Waterford. This conference is open to the public; you need not be a Master Gardener to attend.

For more information, please visit the home page of our website, There are two ways to purchase your ticket from the site. You can purchase tickets and select your luncheon choices via online registration using a credit card with the link on our home page. Or, you can print the registration form and mail a check to our registrar. Both options are available under “News and Events” from the home page. If you have questions, please direct them to our registrar Nancy Strodl via e-mail: Brochures are also available at the monthly MGSOC, Inc. General Meetings and at key gardening locations around the area. This year, you will pre-order your luncheon selections either online or on the order form. A detailed desscription of luncheon selections is available on our web site.m1_two tone

In addition to the outstanding keynote speakers, the event features a quartet of live jazz featuring internationally-known trumpeter Dave Tatrow, and Kerry Price, jazz /blues pianist from Royal Oak.

This event also includes an outstanding garden market featuring many local vendors and artisans selling garden related artwork and plants. The price includes continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and all program materials.

As in past years, 2016’s keynote speakers will be informative and relevant, inspiring, nationally-known speakers and authors: Karen Bussolini, Ellen Ecker Ogden and Barry Glick. Karen Bussolini (2 presentations) (Website:

Karen Bussolini is a widely-published garden photographer, speaker, writer, garden16_scott_robin_gallowayNOFA-Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and eco-friendly garden coach. She has been a gardener as long as she can remember. She trained as a painter and had a career as an architectural photographer before turning her attention entirely to gardens. Her work explores the many ways gardening connects us to our place on earth and to each other. She lives in Connecticut.

Jazzing Up the Garden with Color, Contrast and Movement

Savoring sizzling plant combinations in other peoples’ gardens, while being dissatisfied with her own, led her to look a lot closer at what made certain combinations work – or not. It became clear that a truly satisfying garden is much more than just a bunch of nice plants. It’s boring if plants just sit there next to each other – they need to interact, to carry on a conversation, to have dynamic contrasts.

She has packed this talk with dozens of exciting plant combinations photographed in gardens across the country. Starting with simple combinations, and an explanation of how the gardener used color or texture, gesture, light-reflecting qualities, repetition, color echoes and valentine adother qualities, the talk progresses to more complex schemes. Plants with special character and plants that move – or appear to – enliven the mix. Jazzing Up the Garden with Color, Contrast and Movement conveys simple intuitive ways of thinking about combining plants that anyone can use easily – without angst or color wheel.

Bringing It All Home: Lessons in Garden Photography, Garden Making and the Art of Seeing

There’s nothing like looking through the viewfinder of a camera to tell you whether a garden composition works or not. Photography is an abstraction, a discipline and a great tool for understanding and designing gardens. The process involved in making meaningful photographs – setting an intention, paying attention to framing the scene, studying mass, light, composition and point of view – works as well for garden-making as it does for photography.

Creating compelling images requires a visually interesting subject and a commitment to Judy_Palmer30yearsseeing well that naturally translates into garden-making. Focusing – both literally and figuratively – on wildly different kinds of gardens all over the country has been a great education.

Ellen Ecker Ogden (Web Site:

The Art of Growing Food

Ellen Ecker Ogden is the co-founder of The Cook’s Garden seed catalog, and author of five books on cooking and garden design, including The Complete Kitchen Garden. Her articles and kitchen garden have appeared in national publications including Martha Stewart Living, Eating Well, Organic Gardening, Better Homes and Gardens and The New York Times. She lives in Vermont.

Be inspired to elevate an ordinary vegetable garden into an extraordinary kitchen garden. A true kitchen garden opens your senses both in the garden and in the kitchen. You’ll start dinner by walking barefoot into the garden, bringing in a basket full of tiny artichokes, fresh HowesLocationpeas, purple basil tips, tiny rainbow chard or spoon-shaped mache. In this presentation, you’ll learn the six steps to success based on classic design techniques. Participants will discover new techniques to grow food in elegant and artful ways. The goal is to teach new ways to design and plant a kitchen garden for productivity, low maintenance and pleasure.

Barry Glick (Web Site:

Woodland Wonders from the Wild

Barry Glick founded Sunshine Farm & Gardens in Greenbriar County, West Virginia and is an expert in propagation, native plants, and hellebores. His collection of plants now numbers more than 10,000, many unknown to cultivation. He exchanges seeds and plants with arboretums, botanic gardens, nurseries and private gardens in virtually every country in the world. He is a prolific author of articles for the most prestigious publications and a regular columnist for Washington Gardener Magazine. Barry will also be bringing plants from his 711 ad pizzafarm which will be sold at the seminar.

Woodland Wonders from the Wild is an enlightening, entertaining and educational look at some of the plants that we overlook on our woodland hikes. Some of the most interesting and unusual wildflowers are growing in our own backyards right under our noses. Join native plant expert Barry Glick for a fascinating wild wander into the wonderful world of woodland wildflowers.

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