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31st Annual


October 24-26, 2011

Royal Plaza Hotel
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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Hello Master Gardeners!

I am so excited that the 2011 Master Gardener Continued Training Conference has arrived and am thrilled to once again bring the conference to the Orlando area. There are so many activities available in the area from entertainment, theme parks, night spots, great restaurants and incredible shopping. There is surely something to please anyone. This conference provides a great opportunity to get the latest information right from the specialists, meet new people and to create some magical memories.

This year we started again with an afternoon of optional field trips. One trip focused on plant production, while the other trip focused on gardens. Both trips were well attended and the MGs that went are sure to be full of stories to tell.

This year our general sessions are quite diverse and include topics highlighting growing edibles, learning what’s new in the area of IPM, sustainable gardening, people-plant connections and dealing with gardening challenges. In the concurrent sessions, we have a Florida-Friendly Landscape track and a wide range of topics sure to increase your knowledge and make you an even better volunteer.

As we do each year, we have a welcome reception and the awards program where you can see your fellow volunteers get recognized for their service and excellent projects. Don’t forget to organize your county team to participate in the 4-H Plant ID and Judging Competition

The conference would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. This year, Scotts is again participating as a gold level sponsor supporting the welcome reception and supporting the presentation on sustainable gardening. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program™ and the Gardening in a Minute radio show all help to make this event possible.

We hope that you learn the latest information, take advantage of all the area entertainment, make new friends and reconnect with those you have met in the past. I hope to get to talk to you during the conference.

Tom Wichman
State Master Gardener Coordinator

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