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Bees, Butterflies and Bounty The latest BUZZ in gardening! LV Gardening Symposium + pH SOIL TESTING

Bees, Butterflies and  Bounty...The latest BUZZ in gardening!

March 30, 2019
8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Holyoke High School - Holyoke, MA, 01040

ONLINE & MAIL-IN REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!  If you are interested in coming.  We will welcome registration at the door.  Bring your own lunch.  Several workshops are still open.  Registration must be paid in cash!    Click below to see the workshop descriptions.



  • 18 Gardening Workshops
  • Gardeners' Favorites Book Sale
  • 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.  

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, March 30, 2019
Holyoke High School
500 Beech St.
Holyoke, MA  01040
Cindy L Sanford Taylor
Registration is required before Thursday, March 21, 2019
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Early Registration closes on Friday, March 15th. Late registration closes on Friday, March 22nd. After March 22nd, walk-ins are welcomed. However, not all workshops may be 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
CHOOSE ONLY ONE WORKSHOP FROM SESSION A. Note: If you Choose A-1 move to Session C
Session A-1/B-1: Designing your Garden to Welcome Pollinators
Session A - 2) Super Cuts
Session A - 3) New and Exciting Annuals and How to Use Them
Session A - 4) Understanding the Fundamentals of Container Gardening
Session A - 5) Antique Garden Troughs - Hypertufa Demo
Session A - 6) Ecological Edible Landscape
Session B - 2) Making Fences, Trellises, and Other Garden Structures with Local Plant Material
Session B - 3) Healthy Trees and Shrubs
Session B - 4) For the Love of Roses
Session B - 5) New and Exciting Perrenials and How to Use Them
Session B - 6) Landscaping with Northeast Natives
Session C - 1) The ABC's of Growing Vegetables
Session C - 2) Succulents
Session C - 3) Controlling Weeds and Pests Naturally
Session C - 4) Gardening for the Birds, Butterflies and Other Pollinators
Session C - 5) Invasive Plants in Our Gardens
Session C - 6) Backyard Water Features And Mini Ponds


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