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Gardening seminar to feature TV garden show host Bryce Lane

Bryce Lane

Professor and garden show host Bryce Lane will speak at the Northern Neck Master Gardeners’ annual “Gardening in the Northern Neck Seminar” on Saturday, March 29. The seminar will take place from 8:15 to 3 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene at 57 Wisk Drive in White Stone. This year’s presentations and theme, “Good Beginnings for Great Gardens,” will offer practical advice to help launch new garden projects and ensure their success.

“We are thrilled to have Bryce Lane return to Gardening in the Northern Neck this year as a featured speaker,” said seminar chair Diane Kean. “He has a special talent for engaging audiences while educating them about the science behind successful gardens. Lane is a TV show host and lecturer whose name will be familiar to many in our audience. But above all, he is an educator, with over 30 years of classroom experience and numerous teaching awards to his credit. With a blend of subtle humor, anecdote, and whatever else that seems to work, Lane has mastered how to make science come alive.”

Lane will speak about the importance of good soil for garden success. According to Lane, “What goes on underground is just as important as what happens above it. The secret to growing great plants is to provide the right light intensity and to have great soils. Most of the time our soils aren’t very good, so we have to improve them. The best gardeners are the best soil builders.”

Other speakers will be: Holly Shimizu, showcasing gardens that have been transformed using sustainable gardening practices; Janet Pawlukiewicz, presenting the local Go Native-Grow Native campaign to encourage the public to buy native plants and vendors to offer them for sale; and Denise Green, nursery owner, with tips for buying and utilizing native plants.

The marketplace area will host an extensive array of vendors, including local nurseries and garden centers with plants for sale as well as non-profit community organizations. The Master Gardeners will have exhibit booths as well.

“Visit our exhibits to learn about our educational programs, how you can become a master gardener, and about the advisory services we offer to shoreline property owners to help them decide the best way to protect their property from erosion,” said Kean.

posted 03.19.2014

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