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How's it Growing? 2020 Gardening Visions


The 24th Annual Gardening Symposium
Presented by Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association

Saturday, April 4, 2020
8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Holyoke High School - Holyoke, MA, 01040

"Super Soils - Super Gardens"

"Designing Container Gardens for All Seasons"

"Cultivating Mushrooms at Home"

"Making Your Garden Edible"

and much more  

18 Gardening Workshops
Gardeners" Favorites Book Sale
20% discount! (Cash or Checks Only)

Q&A - Marketplace - Raffle - Soil Testing

8:00 - 8:30 am
Coffee and Tea Available
8:40 - 9:55 am
 Session A- Six topics to choose from!
9:55 -10:15 am Break
Book Sale & Raffle Tickets
10:15 -11:30 am
 Session B - Six topics to choose from!
11:30 -12:00 pm
 Marketplace (Shopping), Q&A, Raffle Tickets
 12:00-12:40 pm Lunch*-Must be preordered at registration 
or bring your own bag lunch.  Raffle Drawing!

 12:45- 2:00 pm Session C - Six Topics to choose from!

Marketplace - We'll have vendors with locally produced offerings.

Gardeners' Favorite Book Table - Assorted titles for gardeners at a 20% discount!  (Cash or Checks Only).

pH Soil Testing - If you would like us to test the pH level of your soil,  bring a cup size sample of soil in a zip lock bag, along with your email address or a self-addressed stamped envelope, and $2.00 per test.  Your soil pH and a recommendation for liming will be sent to you.  Inquire at (scroll down to "contact us") or call 413-298-5355 for instructions on how to take a soil sample for pH.  

Refreshments - Morning coffee and goodies, plus an optional lunch. LUNCHES MUST BE PRE-ORDERED!  Box lunches are available for $6.00.  Your choice of Turkey Grinder with cheese, lettuce and tomato; or a Vegetable Medley Wrap,or Chicken Caesar Salad or you may bring your own box lunch.  This year we request that you bring  your own water bottle.

Snow Date - For severe weather cancellation, tune to Channel 40 or Fox 6.  PLEASE...Do NOT Call THE SCHOOL for INFORMATION!

Cancellation Policy:  Registrations are transferable, but not refundable. 
If for some reason you cannot use yours, why not share it with a gardening friend!

Directions to Holyoke High School, 500 Beech St., Holyoke, MA  01040.  Holyoke High School has easy access from Interstate 91, the MA Turnpike and Route 202. 

From I-91 North or South: 
Take Exit 16 (route 202/Soldier's Home exit). At the bottom of the ramp turn toward Holyoke (from the North, turn left, from the South, turn right).  Stay on 202.  You will pass Holyoke Hospital on your left, Holyoke High School will be on your right.   There is a small parking lot in front of the school, additional parking is behind the school; continue up Beech St, take first right onto Resnic Blvd., first right will bring you to the parking lot.  If back door is closed, please walk down stairs to front entrance.
From I-90 (Mass Pike-Toll) Westbound or Eastbound:  Take Exit 4 to I-91 North to Holyoke.  Follow directions from I-91.

Saturday, April 04, 2020
Holyoke High School
500 Beech St.
Holyoke, MA  01040
Cindy L Sanford Taylor
Registration is required before Friday, March 27, 2020 at 12:00 AM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Early Registration closes on Friday, March 20th. Late registration closes on Friday, March 27th. After March 27th, walk-ins are welcomed. However, not all workshops may be available.

CAUTION Non-Members: There is an extra fee of $2.00 that will be tacked onto your bill to cover the Clubexpress Convenience fee of $2.00.

The Walk-in registration fee of $45 must be paid in cash at the door! Bring your own lunch. Click below to see which workshops are available.

Contact Cindy Sanford at for more information.
Cancellation Policy:
Please note: Registrations are transferable, but not refundable. If for some reason you cannot use yours, why not share it with a gardening friend!
Activities/Items    (Click the down-arrow to the left of the activity/item to view the details)
Full Day Registration-Don't forget to bring a notebook if you plan to take notes!
Service Fee (Lower Valley)
Box Lunch - Turkey Grinder
Box Lunch - Vegetable Medley Wrap
Box Lunch - Chicken Caesar Salad
Session A - 1: Tried and True Annuals and Perennials
Session A - 2: Techniques and Tips for Pruning Shrubs
Session A - 3: Getting More from Less: Space Saving Vegetable Gardening
Session A - 4: Healthy Lawns and Low Maintenance Alternatives
Session A - 5: Good Bug, Bad Bug
Session A - 6: Designing New Perrenial Beds from Scratch
Session B - 1: Color Your Garden with Flowers and Foliage Using Small Ornamental Shrubs
Session B - 2: Designing Container Gardens for All Seasons
Session B - 3: Summer Flowering Bulbs, Bold and Beautiful!
Session B - 4: Making Fences, Trellises, and Other Garden Structures with Local Plant Material
Session B - 5: Cultivating Mushrooms at Home
Session B - 6: Growing and Cooking with Herbs
Session C - 1: Moving from Zone 5 to Zone 6: Climate Change and the Gardener
Session C - 2: Weeds, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly!
Session C - 3: Super Soils - Super Gardens
Session C - 4: Selecting and Planting Trees and Shrubs
Session C - 5: Updating Old Gardens
Session C - 6: Making your Garden Edible - Adding Fruits and Veggies into Your Landscape


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