In April, Florence and the Shoals Master Gardeners will play host to the 2013 Annual Master Gardener State Conference. The conference was held in Florence in 2006 and was reported by some of the attendees as one of the best. Well, this year will be no different! With a fantastic venue and an even better list of speakers scheduled, this year’s conference is sure to please. This year’s conference will be held April 15-17 at the Marriot Shoals Hotel and Spa.
"Jazz Up Your Garden" is the theme for the 23rd Master Gardener State Conference. The speakers are ready to jazz you up with new garden plans and ideas that will have you excited and ready to return home to work in your garden. Some of the speakers include Walter Reeves, garden expert, writer and radio and television host; Don Shadow, author and owner of Shadow Nursery in Winchester, Tenn,; Daniel D. Spaulding, curator of Anniston Museum of Natural History; Erica Glassener, host of "A Gardener’s Diary" on HGTV; and many more exciting speakers.
On Sunday, come and join us for preconference garden tours led by Men’s Garden Club of Florence. On Monday, enjoy the "Cooking with Herbs" workshop as well as a self-guided tour of the Buffler House, a historic treasure in the small community of St. Florian. The Buffler House is also a Shoals Master Gardener project and won the 2011 Search of Excellence Award. Ivy Green, Helen Keller’s birthplace, is also an option for a self-guided tour. Monday evening come and enjoy good food, friends and music with a local jazz band. Tuesday is filled with great speakers and, of course, the annual awards banquet which is always a fantastic time!
Chris Becker is a Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.