Dear Master Gardener!
Welcome to the 33rd Annual Florida
Master Gardener Continued Training Conference. We have
worked hard to make the event affordable and have been able
to reduce the registration fee dramatically while offering
more education hours than ever before! At the request of our
statewide Master Gardener Advisory Committee, we will only
be holding these large three day conferences every two
years. They will be held on the odd years. On the even
years, we will be holding low cost regional one day training
events to make the education more available to everyone.
We are excited to be at the brand new
Embassy Suites Orlando – Lake Buena Vista South Hotel
located in Kissimmee. This all-suite property has very
comfortable rooms and guests will receive a free cooked to
order breakfast for each night they stay and there is a
complimentary manager’s reception each evening. All these
reasons are great, but what is even better is the meeting
space is perfect for our group. It will be a great
atmosphere for learning. The location is just minutes from
the Disney parks and all the entertainment options that area
has to offer.
On Sunday, October 20th we will have
an afternoon of optional tours. The first tour is going to
Bok Tower Gardens. This amazing garden has been open since
1929 and is a true gem. The second tour is a Central Florida
landscape tour which will be led by Kristen and Stephen
Pategas the Owners of Hortus Oasis. They will share their
knowledge and experience in landscape design as you visit
four different properties.
The conference kicks off Monday
October 21st with two general sessions dealing with plant
breeding and water saving irrigation technology. The
afternoon is filled with a variety of concurrent session
options before we bring you back for another ‘water’ focused
general session by a faculty member from Utah State
University. The day concludes with the popular welcome
reception. The evening is free for you to enjoy the new
friends you have made throughout the day.
Tuesday begins with a general session
on tree selection before we start another round of
concurrent session options. After lunch we have the 4H Plant
ID and Judging Competition where counties compete for the
top team scores. Those not on a team can try individually.
It is a really great event to test your knowledge. If the
contest is not your thing, there will be a panel with county
agents to discuss how issues are handled around the state.
The afternoon is filled with more concurrent options and a
general session designed to help you hone your diagnostic
skills. The evening is open for you to take advantage of the
Wednesday starts with the ever popular
Dr. Jaret Daniels speaking on Today’s Butterfly Gardens. We
then have the awards program followed by a plated lunch. The
conference finishes up with Dr. Gail Hansen teaching
Design with Function in Mind.
planning committee has worked hard to make this a great
event for learning at a reasonable cost. Enjoy the
conference in beautiful Central Florida!
State Master Gardener Coordinator