By Debbie Brown
The Patrick County Master Gardeners are anticipating a highlight in their calendar with the upcoming 13th annual Master Your Garden Symposium. Topics to be presented in the program include Interesting Plants for the Southeastern Garden; Reading the Weeds and How to Identify All Living Things on Your Property.
“The symposium is held each year as a part of the mission of the Virginia Cooperative Extension MG volunteers to teach, instruct, and help guide gardeners with their gardening needs,” said Sherry Easterbrook, president of the Patrick County Master Gardeners. “We want people to come and enjoy the fellowship of other gardeners, be inspired to try something new, and to have fun!”
Along with Amanda Wilkins and Dr. Mark Blevins, who have been featured in previous articles, Patrick County native Wyatt Bottoroff will serve as a keynote speaker.
Bottoroff will present information on identifying all living things which currently exist on your property, and also how to assess the non-living features. Both of these interact together to create the balanced, healthy and biodiverse ecosystem all living things need to survive and thrive. Bottoroff is the owner-operator of Healing Tao Herbals which is dedicated to supporting a regenerative economy and providing affordable herbal health care.
The Master Your Garden Symposium will be held at Reynolds Homestead, 463 Homestead Lane, Critz, on March 14, from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. A fun and interesting program is planned with three keynote speakers, lunch, vendors, and door prizes. Anyone wishing to register may mail their contact information along with the registration fee of $35 payable to Patrick County Cooperative Extension to: Master Your Garden c/o Glenda Cobbler, 932 Palmetto School Road, Stuart, Virginia 24171.