We’re going virtual! Letter from Kathleen Reed, Virginia EMG State Coordinator

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 Kathleen Reed, Virginia EMG State Coordinator

T-Shirt Design Contest

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

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Keynote Speaker – Kelly Norris

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

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Make the Most of Your Trip to Norfolk

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

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Keynote Speaker – Brie Arthur

We’re pleased to announce Brie Arthur–author of The Foodscape Revolution and Gardening with Grains–as a IMGC 2021 keynote speaker! Brie is working to revolutionize the way people garden by finding ways to incorporate edibles and traditional ornamentals into a beautiful landscape. A favorite of front-yard veggie gardeners, Brie will address how to cultivate grains and veggies alongside your favorite ornamental… Read More »Keynote Speaker – Brie Arthur

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Special Event – Virtual Reality Spotlight

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

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Keynote Speaker – Joseph Tychonievich

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