Our 2021 International Master Gardener Conference theme is “cultivate our legacy,” and we will focus on this theme–and the enormous positive impact gardening can have for our future–on Friday, September 17. This day will kick off with optional interactive small group sessions where Master Gardeners from across the nation will have the chance to speak with one another about the… Read More »Friday focused on the future of gardening
Our switch to virtual allows us to bring in more international speakers! Join us for a special international highlight event focused on “The State of Master Gardenering Around the World.” While relatively few countries have “Master Gardener programs”–just the US, Canada, and South Korea–many more have educational outreach related to gardening training and education. Horticultural education is universally important, and… Read More »Special Session: Master Gardeners around the world!
After much deliberation over the past few months, we have made the difficult decision that the 2021 International Master Gardener Conference will be a virtual event. We conferred with others in weighing our options and concluded this was our only feasible option with all things considered. We understand that this likely will be disappointing to many of you. Though a… Read More »We’re going virtual! Letter from Katleen Reed, Virginia EMG State Coordinator
UPDATE: October 8, 2020: Design contest has concluded and winners have been selected. Please stay tuned for our final shirts for purchase in conjunction with IMGC 2021 The State Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Office is holding a design contest for prints that will go on t-shirts, tote bags, and other such merchandise that will be sold at the International Master… Read More »T-Shirt Design Contest
Kelly D. Norris is an award-winning author and plantsman from Iowa and the director of horticulture and education at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, a revitalized public garden in Des Moines, Iowa. Throughout his career, his work has been featured in The New York Times, Organic Gardening, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Garden Design and in numerous local and regional media appearances.… Read More »Keynote Speaker – Kelly Norris
Our 2021 College location in Norfolk means many new attractions are available to Extension Master Gardeners, including options for sightseeing, dining, and learning about Norfolk! Local Norfolk Extension Master Gardeners Kate Melhuish and Connie Kellam have some suggestions of must-see educational opportunities, attractions, and dining options for 2021 College attendees. Education The Norfolk location presents a particularly exciting opportunity for… Read More »Make the Most of Your Trip to Norfolk
We’re proud to announce a very special feature of IMGC 2021–our virtual reality room! We’ve partnered with researchers from across Virginia Tech to bring a collection of educational virtual reality environments to IMGC 2021. Virtual reality experiences will vary from exploring a forest ecosystem, including going underground to view plant roots or tours of Virginia Cooperative Extension Agricultural Research and… Read More »Special Event – Virtual Reality Spotlight
We’ve confirmed our first keynote speaker! Joseph Tychonievich was a big hit at our 2019 Master Gardener College and we are thrilled to welcome him back for IMGC 2021! “A life long gardener and lover of plants, Joseph has worked for nurseries in the US and Japan, has been a repeated guest on public radio’s food show The Splendid Table, and was… Read More »Keynote Speaker – Joseph Tychonievich