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Davidson Gardener’s Conference Feb. 2

Davidson County Master Gardeners will hold their sixth annual Gardener’s Conference on Feb. 2, 2017, with a snow date of Feb. 9

The conference will be at Center Methodist Church of Welcome, 186 Center Church Road, Lexington, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The two main speakers are Allan Armitage and Carole Reese.

Armitage is a well-known writer and speaker who lectures throughout the United States and Canada. He has worked with greenhouse crops and landscape plants in both the North and South. His topic is “Stories from the Garden.”

Reese is the ornamental horticulture specialist for the University of Tennessee. She is the gardening columnist for the Jackson Sun and a contributor to several gardening magazines. Her topic will be “Sex in the Garden,” a look at the anatomy of plants and the creatures that interact with them. Although filled with humor, Reese’s talk will give insight into interactions in the garden.

Other sessions offered include “The Fascinating World of Ferns,” by Lisa Gould; “Adapting Our Gardening Practices as We Age,” with JoAnn Yates; “Wildlife Damage Control in Gardens,” with Rupert Medford; “Observations of a Butterfly Gardener” by Loretta Lutman; and “Vegetable Gardening in the Way Nature Likes It,” with Mary Jac Brennan.

Registration has begun. Cost is $35 and includes a meal. In addition to the sessions, vendors will be available for shopping.

Forms can be picked up at the Davidson County Extension Office, 301 East Center St. in Lexington or downloaded at https://davidson.ces.ncsu.edu/2016/12/2017-gardeners-conference/.

The form and payment should be mailed to the address listed on the registration. Deadline for registration is Jan. 12.

Mail forms should be mailed in early since seats sell out quickly.

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