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2021 State Master Gardener Volunteer Continued Training Conference


On behalf of the Florida Master Gardener Volunteer program and the MGV state conference committee it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2021 State Master Gardener Volunteer conference. This is going to be a great learning event with something for all Florida Master Gardeners Volunteers. The planning committee has done an excellent job to bring you presenters that will fully engage you in advanced topics and updates on important issues. We know that it is a little disappointing to not be together in person, but holding a virtual conference will make the material and the experience available to a much larger group.

We have UF/IFAS experts ready to present on horticultural topics that you have requested. You will hear from new specialists, exciting agent experts, and some of our very favorite presenters.

There will be opportunities for education, inspiration, and sharing of ideas. We'll also be honoring special volunteers for their years of service and Awards of Excellence.

Wendy Wilber

Wendy Wilber
State Master Gardener Coordinator
UF/IFAS Extension
Gainesville, FL

About the Conference

The 37th Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Continued Training Conference will be held October 19-21, 2021 on Zoom.

The Awards Program will be held Tuesday, October 19 from 5:30-7:30 pm and is free and open to the public.

The Continued Training Conference begins Wednesday, October 20 and continues Thursday, October 21, and is available to active Florida Master Gardener Volunteers and Volunteers in training. Registration is $40 and includes a swag bag! Only those who register by October 1 will receive a swag bag. You can continue registering from October 2-17 but will not receive a swag bag.

Keynote Speakers

Abra Lee

Abra Lee

Wednesday – "The Great American Garden Road Trip"

Abra Lee is a national speaker, writer, and founder of Conquer the Soil, a community dedicated to celebrating the history, art, and culture of horticulture! She has spent a whole lotta time in the dirt as a municipal arborist, extension agent, airport landscape manager, and more. Lee is a graduate of Auburn University College of Agriculture and an alumna of the Longwood Gardens Society of Fellows, a global network of public horticulture professionals. More

Rick Schoellhorn

Dr. Rick Schoellhorn

Thursday – "New News is Good News"

Dr. Rick Schoellhorn is a retired plant lover who has worked in both industry and academia in his career, but has always focused on new plants and new plant introductions. He has toured the globe collecting plants and consulting with growers. Rick has been the Director of New Products for Proven Winners and a professor at the University of Florida. He is the co-author of "Your Florida Guide to Perennials" with Dr. Sydney Park-Brown. More

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, October 19th

Online Plant ID Contest — Registrants should check their agendas for a link to the contest.

Tuesday Evening, October 19th

Awards presentations and happy hour. All nominees are welcome to attend; please register for this free event separately.

Online Live Auction

Wednesday, October 20th Via Zoom

Day One Agenda
Time Presentation Presenter
9:45-11 a.m. Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker Abra Lee
"The Great American Garden Road Trip "

Bio and description
11 - 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions  
  Top Flowering Shrubs and Vines for Florida Stephen Brown
  Protecting Florida's Waters Drs. Lisa Krimsky and Andrea Albertin
  Palms for Florida: Update Your Knowledge Dr. Mica McMillan
11:45 a.m. - Noon Break - Hallway Moments  
Noon - 12:45 p.m. Lunch Break with the IFAS Bookstore  
1 - 2 p.m. Super Session: Florida Natives for Your Landscape Dr. Sandy Wilson
2 - 3 p.m. Concurrent Sessions  
  Top Plant Diseases in the Landscape and Garden Dr. Carrie Harmon
  Fragrant Plants for Florida Marc Frank
  Tricky Situations for Invasive Plant Control: Old Foes, New Approaches Dr. Stephen Enloe

Thursday, October 21st Via Zoom

Day Two Agenda
Time Presentation Presenter
9:45-11 a.m. Keynote Speaker Rick Schoellhorn
"New News is Good News"

Bio and description
11 - 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions  
  Understanding Climate Change in Florida Holly Abeels
  Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ with Edibles Tia Silvasy
  Invasive Wildlife Species We All Have to Deal With Dr. Bill Kern
11:45 a.m. - Noon Break - Hallway Moments  
Noon - 12:45 p.m. Lunch Break with the IFAS Bookstore  
1 - 2 p.m. Concurrent Sessions  
  New Cultivar Releases from the University of Florida John Beuttenmuller from the Florida Foundation Seed Producers
  Understanding Soil Health (The Rhizosphere) Dr. Chris Wilson
  Groundcovers as Lawn and Other FFL Trends Brooke Moffis
2 - 3 p.m. Concurrent Sessions  
  Witches Brews and Old Wives Tales: Debunking Garden Myths Kaydie McCormick
  Landscape Pests You Need to Know Dr. Adam Dale
  Wildflower Conservation Success Mary Salinas and Suzanne Spencer


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