The Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association

Invites All Garden Enthusiasts to

The 8th Annual Spring Gardening Symposium

Saturday April 3, 2004

8:30am –2:45pm

Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School

Palmer, MA


*Tune into Channel 22 or 40

 For Severe Weather Cancellation



Schedule for the Day:


8:30am                    Registration–Lobby

                         Coffee available for purchase in Cafeteria


                                    Master Gardener’s Q&A

                                    Free soil testing for pH levels

(Drop off ½ cup soil samples marked with your name before classes start. Results will be available at the end of the day)


9-9:15am                  WELCOME-Cafeteria


9:30-10:45am             Session One


11-12:15pm               Session Two


12:15-1:15pm             LUNCH-Cafeteria

                        (Tickets available for purchase of light lunch at the Symposium)


                                    Master Gardener’s Q&A

1:30-2:45pm              Session Three


From MA Pike: Take Exit 8(Palmer). At the traffic light at the end of the ramp, turn right (Rte 32 S). At 2nd traffic light, take a right onto Main Street (Rte 20 W). Proceed West on Rte 20 for @½ mile to next light. Bear right at light

(Rte 181 N). Proceed  @1½ miles to the next light. Go straight through the light.  Pathfinder is ahead @ 1/10th of a mile on the left.

From Rte 20 East: Follow Rte 20 E to the beginning of the downtown area of Palmer (just past Maple Industrial Park). Make a left turn onto Rte 181 N, then follow above directions.

FREE PARKING    Handicap Accessible


Print, Detach and Return with Check


Please register me for the 8th Annual Spring Gardening Symposium.

Enclosed is a check for $20 made payable to: WMMGA


NAME_______________________________________________________                       Registration Deadline March 27, 2004

                                                                                                             Maximum Class Size- 30-Register EARLY



_____________________________________________________________                  MAIL TO:


EVENING TELEPHONE_________________________________________                       Betty Ann Taylor

                                                                                                            259 West Street

WORKSHOP CHOICES:                                                                              Ludlow, MA 01056


Session One (1st choice) #_________ (2nd choice) #__________(3rd choice)#__________(4th choice)#___________


Session Two (1st choice) #_________ (2nd choice) #__________(3rd choice)#__________(4th choice)#___________


Session Three (1st choice) #_________ (2nd choice) #__________(3rd choice)#__________(4th choice)#___________





SESSION ONE    9:30-10:45am

SESSION TWO      11-12:15pm

SESSION THREE    1:30-245pm




 1- Use of Distinctive Annuals  

A new range of floriferous, scented and brilliantly colored annuals can effectively add vitality, zest and design elements to perennial beds, containers, window boxes, shade gardens and shrub borders.     

Marie Stella Byrnes        Advanced Class

 12- Spring Bulbs in your Garden

From snow  drops to alliums, bulbs can liven up your spring garden. Fall planting, spring care and garden design to enhance your landscape will be discussed.

Sherry Wilson


Foliage provides texture, color and aroma in your flower border. Slides will illustrate the value of leaves in your garden framework.


 Carol Kostek

 2-Seed Starting 

Learn how easy it is to get exactly the plant you want from seed. It is easier than you think to start annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables.                                             

Lisa Dill

 13- Orchids

What they are, how they grow and how to propagate them.


Bill Hutchinson


A brief history of bonsai, as well as a demonstration and lecture on how to create.


Nancy Flach              Beginner Class

 3-Shade Gardening

Gardening in the shade can be fun and interesting. Learn about different perennial and shrub options to spice up your current garden or a new creation.

Felicia Andre

14-Ferns for your Garden

Ferns are not just for moist, shady woodlands. Learn about ferns for every garden, naturalizing or specimen plants.

Leslie A. Duthie

25-There’s a Worm under My Sink

Everything you need to know to build your own working worm farm.. Create amazing compost  for your plants and recycle kitchen scraps.

Sandra Lawson

 4-Native Niches-Meadow Gardens

Learn how to plant a meadow with species of plants discussed in this class.


Rebecca Jacobs

15-Native Niches-Wildlife

Learn to identify the birds, butterflies and dragonflies that will be attracted to your native niche.

Jennifer Ohop

26 New England Wildflowers

Introduction to identification, using a variety of field guides and slides. Bring a Newcombs Wildflower Guide if available.

Janet Bissell     

 5-The Fall and Winter Garden

Create color and interest in your landscape from early fall through winter using a variety of plants and structures.

Debbie Windoloski


Connect with your garden, develop your skills as an observer of nature by recording your perceptions and feelings about your garden.

Judy St. James


A more advanced approach to home landscape design by using a wide variety of plant material  and interesting garden features for year-round appeal.

Debbie Windoloski

6-The Potted Garden  

Compose eye-catching and fragrant container gardens for porch, patio, deck or anywhere that needs a special and portable touch.                     

Georgene Bramlage

17- Healthy Lawns and Gardens

Say goodbye to chemical lawn applications and hello to birds, bees and butterflies. Learn the principles of IPM to avoid pest problems.


Sandra Lawson


Learn the difference between bearded, Siberian, Japanese and other selected species. Class will cover selection, dividing, fertilizing and propagating, as well as growing requirements.

Louise Dunphy


Dispel misconceptions about when, where and how to properly prune your trees and shrubs.


Dan Ziomek

18-Herbs of Early America

Brief history of the herbs brought into this country by the early settlers and the native herbs shared by Native Americans.

Kay Higgins

29-Herbs for the Kitchen

Discussion of cooking with herbs. Creation of an all-purpose herbal blend for healthy, flavorful cooking.

Kay Higgins

8-The Walk-Through Garden

Walk through the garden gate and enter a special part of your yard. Stroll down a winding path to find new discoveries at every turn.

Bonnie Wodin

19-Using Transitional Areas

What you can do with the edges of your yard to make them come alive. Solutions to create a pleasing consistent landscape.

Bonnie Wodin


Learn the secrets of WORD. Wide rows, organic methods, raised  beds and deep soil. Increase yields, improve soil and reduce pests and diseases.

Chris Crepeau

9-Roses for  New England

Varieties suited for climate. Tips for siting, planting and care. Slides of fragrant, hardy, antique roses organically grown in Zone 5a.

Nina Newington

20-Advanced Rose Care

In-depth info on feeding, pruning, training and protecting a range of different types of roses including climbers.

Nina Newington     Advanced Class

31-Water Gardens

How to make your garden look natural: a combination of rock, aquatic and terrestrial plants.

Deresa Helmes,


10- Propagation

Propagation of plants from seed, leaf, stem, hard wood cuttings and layering.


Larry King


Major varieties of ornamental grasses and their uses in Zone 5 gardens. Care and maintenance of grasses. Sources for purchase of plants and seeds.

Christopher Hurn


Repeat of #21



Christopher Hurn

11-Recycling in the Garden

Don’t throw it away! Using household discards as handy, cost-free helpers and “green waste” for a healthier garden.

Renate Oliver

22-Tried, True and New Perennials

Garden worthy perennials, both new as well as those that have stood the test of time.


Peter Flynn

33-Flowering Shrubs

A sampler of flowering shrubs throughout  the seasons for color, low maintenance and anchoring your landscape.

Renate Oliver, Doug Burt









Betty Ann Taylor

259 West Street

Ludlow, MA 01056







Felicia Andre – Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

Janet Bissell – Master Gardener

Georgene Bramlage – Horticulture Educator,  Holyoke Community College

Doug Burt – Master Gardener, Landscape Designer

Marie Stella Byrnes – Landscape Designer - Kirin Farm

Christine Crepeau – Master Gardener, Florist – Finishing Touches

Lisa Dill – Master Gardener

Louise Dunphy – Master Gardener – Iris Society

Leslie Duthie – Plant Propagation Director, Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

Nancy Flach – Master Gardener

Peter Flynn – Owner, Baystate Perennials        

Deresa Helmes – Owner, Nature’s Water Garden Center

Kay Higgins – Herbalist

Christopher Hurn – Master Gardener

Bill Hutchinson – Orchid Society

Rebecca Jacobs – Horticulturist,Landscape Designer–Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

Larry King – Master Gardener, Wilbraham Public TV

Carolyn Kostek – Garden Designer

Sandra Lawson – Master Gardener

Nina Newington – Owner, Cricket Hill Garden Design

Jennifer Ohop – Naturalist, Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

Renate Oliver – Master Gardener, Landscape Designer

Judy St. James – Master Gardener

Sherry Wilson – Master Gardener, Garden Columnist – Hampshire Gazette

Debbie Windoloski – Owner, Gardenscapes

Bonnie Wodin – Owner, Golden Yarrow Landscape Design

Dan Ziomek – Horticulturist, Hadley Garden Center


The WMMGA would like to thank the Culinary Arts Department of Pathfinder Regional High School for providing food and beverages for this Symposium.