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Sat, Mar 02


Corron Community Center at Laurel Ridge

Symposium: Your Backyard/Our World

A full day of presentations by Dr. Doug Tallamy, Connor Goolsby, Kim Strader & Dr. Michael Raupp on biodiversity, native plants, forest care, & pollinators. $65 fee. You must register by 2/24 at: - or click on RSVP. Doors open at 7:30.

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Symposium: Your Backyard/Our World
Symposium: Your Backyard/Our World

Time & Location

Mar 02, 2024, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Corron Community Center at Laurel Ridge , 173 Skirmisher Ln, Middletown, VA 22645, USA

About the event

The 2024 Symposium: Your Backyard/Our World offers a full day of continuing education both for Extension Master Gardeners and members of the public.

Featured Speakers

  • Dr. Doug Tallamy, T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware - Simple steps that gardeners can- and must- take to reverse declining biodiversity, why we must change our adversarial relationship with nature to a collaborative one, and why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope. He will have books available for purchase and will sign personal copies of his books that you already own.
  • Connor Goolsby, Virginia Department of Forestry - Caring for the forest, whether it is one tree or 100 trees.
  • Kim Strader, formerly the Assistant Curator of the Native Plant Trail at Blandy Experimental Farm - Native plants for problem areas in your landscape.
  • Dr. Michael Raupp, “The Bug Guy,” Professor Emeritus and Extension Specialist, University of Maryland - How to be an accomplice to murder, mayhem, and magic to aid and abet natural enemies, pollinators, and recyclers in the landscape.

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