Friday Seminars


10:15 - 11:30am

Create a Pollinator Paradise - (Exec. Aud.) Debbie Roos
North Carolina Extension Agent, Debbie Roos, is the curator of the Chatham Mills Pollinator Garden that features over 180 species of plants that attract pollinators. Come learn how to create a pollinator paradise in your yard or meadow.

Container Gardening Contest - (Rm. 103) Area Students
Horticultural students from local high schools will compete in a juried landscaping contest. Winners will be awarded cash prizes by the Washington County Master Gardeners. Everyone is welcome to watch and cheer on your favorite landscaping team.


11:45 - 1:00pm

Flowers for Hot Dry Summers - (Exec. Aud.) Hugh Conlon
Last year’s horrendous drought has gardeners in our region wondering if they should even bother planting a flower garden this summer. Retired UT Ornamental Horticulture Specialist Hugh Conlon will show some wonderful performers that require little watering.

Horticultural Scholarships and Professions - (Rm. 103) Niemiera & Casteel
Alex Niemiera, Director of the Undergraduate Horticulture Program at Virginia Tech and Ben Casteel, Horticulture Instructor at Virginia Highlands Community College will discuss educational and professional options in horticulture and related fields. Everyone is welcome, especially high school students and their parents.

2:30 - 4:00pm

Choice Viburnums for the Garden - (Exec. Aud.) Dr. Susan Hamilton
Many viburnums have showy fragrant flowers followed by colorful fall foliage and berries. Dr. Susan Hamilton, director of the UT Gardens, will present some of the most outstanding examples of this beautiful shrub.

A Walk on the Wild Side - (Rm. 103) Ben Casteel
Do you have any idea what wild things are growing right here on campus? Then join Ben Casteel, Horticulture Instructor, at VHCC on a plant walk that follows portions of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. Meet in Room 103 and walk from there. If it rains, a program will be held in Room 103.