The Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association

Invites All Garden Enthusiasts to

The 9thAnnual Spring Gardening Symposium

Saturday April 2, 2005 - 8:30am –2:45pm

Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School

Palmer, MA


*Tune into Channel 22 or 40 For Severe Weather Cancellation


8:30am                                   Registration–Lobby

                                       Coffee available for purchase in Cafeteria

                                                Master Gardener’s Q&A

                                                            Free soil testing for pH levels

(Drop off ˝ 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 @˝ mile to next light. Bear right at light

(Rte 181 N). Proceed  @1˝ 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 Parking in Rear Lot  off Panek Street, Palmer











Detach and Return with Check


Please register me for the 9th Annual Spring Gardening Symposium.

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


NAME_______________________________________________________                       Registration Deadline March 21, 2005

                                                                                                                                                 Maximum Class Size- 30-Register EARLY



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EVENING TELEPHONE_________________________________________                       Betty Ann Taylor 

                                                                                                                                                259 West Street

WORKSHOP CHOICES:                                                                                                        Ludlow, MA 01056


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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-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

 12-Pruning of Trees &Shrubs

Proper treatment of common woody landscape plants.  Discussion and demo of tools and techniques.


Jack Sprano

22-Japanese Iris

Discover the beauty, environmental preferences and common problems of this Asian native.  Explore the influence of diploids and tetrapoids on hybridization. Advice on purchasing and planting.

Louise Dunphy

 2-Vegetables Part I

Pest management, soil, mulches, special needs, trellising and harvesting. Asparagus, corn, legumes, cole, root and vine crops will be covered.

John Howell

13-Vegetables Part II

Continuation of Part I with  discussion of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, potatoes and onions.

John Howell

23-Photographing Plants

Practical discussion on how to photograph your garden to its best advantage.


Allison Bell

 3-Creating Healthy Old Trees

Correct problems in young trees to extend their lives. Care and attention at different points in the life of a tree.

John Berryhill


Overview of culture, uses and flowers of this most dependable shade perennial. Slides of classic varieties and new introductions.

John O’Brien

24-Success in the Garden:

      Right Plant in the Right Place

Refine your gardening skills.


Carol Kostek

 4- Cottage Gardens

Casual pleasure, not perfection. A little structure, suitable management, key plant choices slow the slide from exuberance to mess.

Nina Newington

15-Vines and Climbers

Add another dimension to your garden from sweet pea to akebia, demure to rambunctious.


Nina Newington

25-Garden Handyman

Turn yourself into a garden handyman. Make your tools do more than they were designed to do-all at a low cost!

John Hurley

 5-Small Fruits in the Garden

Selection, site preparation and care of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries and currants.



Tim Nourse

16-Compost Happens!

Learn how to regenerate the earth. It’s easy, fast and satisfying!

For beginning and troubled composters.



Jodi Cahillane

26-The Gardener’s Palette

How to blend a wide variety of plant materials to create gardens and landscaping with year-round interest using color, form and texture. Use of hardscaping materials and garden ornaments to create focal points will also be addressed.

Deb Windolowski

6-Flowering Shrubs

A slide presentation of new and underutilized varieties for your garden.


Dan Ziomek

17-The Cutting Garden Part I

Learn how to plan and plant so you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of beautiful flowers.


Chris Crepeau

27-The Cutting Garden Part II

Use what you have grown o create beautiful arrangements. Simple techniques and tricks to make the most of your harvest.

Chris Crepeau

7-Rock Garden Design

Natural and man-made rock gardens: comparisons of the before & after, construction process, site selection, design and cultivation tips in a slide show.

Liz Toffey

18-Structural Design of the Garden

The key to a successful garden lies in its “bones”.  Learn to identify these design elements to strengthen them in your own garden.


Liz Toffey

28-Houseplants in New England

Advice for successful care and maintenance of foliage and flowering tropical plants, including holiday plants.


Jan Perry

8-Organic Gardening 101

Learn what organic gardening is today. Designed for beginner/intermediate chemical gardener who would like to transition over to certified organic gardening.

Ray Carando

19-Herbs in the Kitchen

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



Kay Higgins

29-Under a Sheltering Tree You Can Find a Garden

Form, fragrance and color for your shade garden with shrubs, perennials, bulbs and vines.


Jan Hines

9-Home Lawns

Improve the quality and appearance of your lawn. Find out how to select the right seed, when to fertilize, how often to water, how high to cut and much more.

Randy Prostak

20-Weed ID

Easy and effective ways to deal with weed invaders that are trying to take over your lawn, landscape and garden.


Randy Prostak

30-Gardening with Wildflowers

Esthetic, creative and easy wildflower gardening includes material selection, habitat, soil, bed development, maintenance and flower sources.


Charlie Spencer

10-Tips for Healthy Gardening

How to lift, dig, select and use tools in an ergonomic way to protect yourself against injury while working in your garden.



Jeanne Morin

21-What’s Bugging You?

Get the jump on pests and diseases before they get a jump on you by learning some techniques for monitoring.  Environmentally sensitive and alternative pest control options will be discussed.


Ron Kujawski

31-Hydrangeas for Western MA        

Learn about the ‘Hardy Series’ the best macrophyllas that offer the most reliable blooming potential for zone 5 locations.  Planting, pruning and protection techniques will be presented with slides and demonstrations.    

Mal Condon


From spring planting to fall digging .

Gary Adams








Gary Adams- Owner, Pleasant Valley Farm

Allison Bell-

John Berryhill-Chief Arborist, Smith College Botanic Garden

Jodi Cahillane-Master Gardener

Ray Carando- Director, Pioneer Valley Horticultural Society

Mal Condon- Owner, Hydrangea Farm Nursery

Christine Crepeau – Master Gardener, Florist – Finishing Touches

Lisa Dill – Master Gardener

Louise Dunphy – Master Gardener – Iris Society

Kay Higgins – Herbalist

Jan Hines-Master Gardener

John Howell UMASS Extension Vegetable Specialist

John Hurley-Master Gardener

Carolyn Kostek – Garden Designer

Ron Kujawski- Horticultural Consultant, Writer and Lecturer

Jean Morin- Professor AIC, Division of Occupational Therapy

Nina Newington – Owner, Cricket Hill Garden Design

Tim Nourse- President, Nourse Farms

John O’Brien-Owner, Hosta Specialty Nursery, Granby CT

Jane Perry-

Randy Prostak-UMASS Extension  Landscape Specialist

Charlie Spencer- Curator, Stanley Park Wildflower Gardens

Jack Sprano-Master Gardener

Liz Toffey- Horticultural Designer and Advisor  to Trustees of Reservations

Debbie Windoloski – Owner, Gardenscapes

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.