Gardening Symposium - Christopher Newport University
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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Schedule of events
7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Plant Sales and Market Freeman Center
7 - 9 a.m. Registration and Vendors Freeman Center
9 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome and announcements Freeman Center
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home — Dr. Doug Tallamy
Freeman Center
10: 20 - 11:20 a.m. Inspiring Gardens: Big or Small, For Young or Old — Mary Kirk Cunningham and Bob Goodhart Freeman Center
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Borrowing Secrets From Nature — Joel Bunn Freeman Center
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and vendors Freeman Center
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Vegetables Love Flowers — Lisa Ziegler Freeman Center
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Miracles in the Garden – Joel Bunn -OR- Teaching Opportunities in the Garden – Mary Kirk Cunningham and Bob Goodhart Freeman Center



Dr. Doug Tallamy

A dynamic presentation on the specialized relationships between animals and plants that are the norm in nature rather than the exception. He will explain how relationships determine the stability and complexity of local food webs that support animal diversity and why our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystem that directly support and impact our lives.

Tallamy is a nationally acclaimed lecturer and professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 87 research publications and taught ecology, humans and nature, insect ecology, and other courses. Chief among his research goals is to understand the many ways insects interact with plants and animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home won awards from the Garden Writers Association, and he is a regular columnist for Garden Design magazine.

Bob Goodhart and Mary Kirk Cunningham

A demonstration of how to create gardens that inspire and teach through the use of theme-based gardens. Using examples from Cunningham’s 25 x 100 ft. school garden lab, incorporated with meaningful examples from public gardens, they will show you how to create your own garden, whether it be large or small, or one for young or old.

Goodhart is an avid garden consultant, lecturer and volunteer. Besides owning his own business, he helped transform CNU’s campus during his 10-year tenure as landscape architect and director of grounds.

Cunningham has a master's degree in early childhood education, a background in environmental education and has taught for 17 years. She founded and coordinates the garden lab at her elementary school in Loudon County, where she was the 2016-17 teacher of the year. She has served as a consultant to the Smithsonian on several occasions, most notably in the development of their Seeds of Change curriculum.

Joel Bunn

Learn how to borrow secrets from nature and share a role in developing responsible ecosystems in our yards and gardens, ones in which we and our children will delight and want to pass on to future generations. Bunn will share integrated pest-management techniques that preserve our gardens and surrounding habitats to support the natural interactions between insects, plants, animals and humans. Bunn loves children, nature and gardens.

With bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from the College of William & Mary, he has joined his knowledge of horticulture and the environment to that of teaching, culminating in his selection as the 2016-17 Magna Vista teacher of the year. He has served on the faculty of Virginia Tech as an extension agent in 4-H youth development and most recently is involved with a variety of ecological endeavors. He describes himself as a gardener and digger of earth who likes the feel of living soil between his fingers.

Lisa Ziegler

Learn how to have an organic garden where good bugs eat bad bugs, pollinators are abundant and the beautiful bouquet on the table came from your garden. Ziegler tells all as she shares why flowers are the missing piece in many gardens – that flowers complete the circle of life to growing an organic garden. Flowers attract pollinators, beneficial insects and other good creatures that provide nature’s best pest control, pollination and more.

Ziegler is a cut-flower farmer, author and nationally recognized speaker on organic gardening. She has been farming in Newport News since 1998, and her three-acre farm produces thousands of stems of flowers each week in season. She sells her cut flowers to florists, supermarkets, farmers markets, a garden share program and a subscription service. Ziegler loves to share her simplified organic gardening methods through her programs.

Joel Bunn

A demonstration of why the greatest gift we can give children is an understanding that they exist as a part of the earth, and that by feeling the soil, planting a seed and smelling a flower, they see that they are part of the great cycle of the renewal of life.

Explore how to garden with children, how to use the garden as a classroom and a playground, and ways in which to show them the miracles of life in their own backyards. Try your hand at some wonderful gardening projects you can do with your family or students, and take away many more suggestions and project ideas for your classroom and home garden.

Mary Kirk Cunningham and Bob Goodhart

Cunningham and Goodhart will demonstrate with hands-on instruction the magic of school and home gardens. You will learn how they enable us to have learning experiences that connect us to the world around us while inspiring young and old alike. Whether you want to learn more about cross-curriculum instruction in the garden as a teacher, or gain an abundance of practical ideas to make your garden a better place in which to learn and relax, this workshop is meant for you. As a bonus, you will take home seeds and plants that were introduced at the workshop.