IMGC 2021 will take place online on our easy-to-use conference platform. We are carefully planning each day to minimize “virtual fatigue” and are including daily opportunities for interaction and networking with other Master Gardeners.
Our preliminary schedule includes approximately four hours per day of conference sessions that will take place throughout each afternoon EST (or mid-day PT).
We are still planning our IMGC 2021 schedule and plan to release a full schedule and conference program in March 2021.
Preliminary Schedule at a glance
*This schedule is preliminary and subject to change
BRIE ARTHUR: THE FOODSCAPE REVOLUTION
Brie’s signature and the topic of her first book! Aiming to change the way landscapes are designed and managed, Brie encourages everyone to “think outside of the box.” Learn how pairing edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape increases biodiversity and adds purpose to everyday spaces. The best edible and ornamental plant combinations are featured to inspire attendees to create purposeful landscapes that engage people of all ages! Easy strategies are explained, including how to plant a bed edge to deter moles and voles. This is a fast paced, informative presentation that leaves attendees inspired and ready to foodscape!
KELLY NORRIS: PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE
Modern gardens must be more than beautiful–they must celebrate biodiversity and create tangible connections to our environment. Gardening with purpose is the new mantra as 21st century consumers seek to garden with greater purpose, creating gardens that benefit wildlife, feed us, enable greater public engagement, mitigate stormwater and more. The plants of our future and the recipes for using them might surprise you. In this lecture especially tailored to garden enthusiasts, plantsman Kelly Norris challenges audiences to plant more diverse gardens, while maximizing aesthetics and functionality through contemporary design. The synergies of people, plants and passion collide for a beautiful, surprising and ecologically conscious look at the New American garden.
JOSEPH TYCHONIEVICH: PLANT SCIENCE TO MAKE YOU A BETTER GARDENER
DENNIS DIMICK: LIVING IN THE HUMAN AGE
A narrated visual journey through our modern world of 7.5 billion people that considers our expanding footprint, rising prosperity, and resulting environmental challenges calling for our attention and response. Based on his many years as a picture editor and environment editor for National Geographic magazine, Dennis Dimick presents a fast-moving, vivid slide show lecture that explores and explains the modern human era: how we got here, our current prosperity, and what looms on the road ahead. Dimick frames his visual discussion using an emergent idea called the Anthropocene, or Human Age, a new geologic era proposed by scientists that marks our trajectory and enduring impact on the planet as population rises, and demand for energy and food increases. He addresses accumulating environmental impacts such as pollution and climatic shifts, and how we might productively respond. His goal is to help us appreciate our place in nature and contemplate how we can contribute towards a more balanced future for ourselves and the planet.
COLE BURRELL: NATURE’S SUSTAINABLE SYSTEM
THE STATE OF MASTER GARDENERING AROUND THE WORLD
This program will feature a special highlight of the South Korean Master Gardener Program as it reaches its 10-year anniversary. Representatives of the South Korean program will join us to report on the South Korean program and their projects over the last decade. Learn more
More events available with full schedule March 2021
More information coming March 2021!