University of Maryland Extension

Overview of All Presentations

Please feel free to download a copy of the conference brochure for reference.

Each presentation will be held in the Stamp Student Union. Room locations will be determined after Early Registration closes. Attendees will then be sent updated tickets with the room locations specified for their selected talks.

All presentations are open to both Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists. Presentations that have been identified as related to the Master Naturalist Program include an MN indicator.

10:00-11:00am | KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Life in the Underground:  Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy Planet (MN) (Dr. Sara Via)
Welcome to life in the underground—a wild world that most people just call dirt! Meet some of the underground cast of characters: fungi that feed plants or prey on their enemies and friendly bacteria that keep the unfriendly ones away. Healthy soil is living soil, and in this presentation you will learn how to tell if your soil is healthy--as well as how to bring it back to life if it’s not. We’ll talk about why building and maintaining soil health is essential for healthy food production, the conservation of forests and natural areas, and climate-resilient gardening, agriculture and forestry. 

11:15-12:30pm | SESSION 1 PRESENTATION TITLES

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1.1: The Alien Invaders Among Us (MN) (Ms. Carolyn Puckett)
1.2: Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation (Mr. Michael Judd)
1.3: From the Ground Up! (Ms. Lisa Mason Ziegler)
1.4: Eliminating Murder: How Not to Kill Plants (Mr. Bryce Lane)
1.5: Wildlife on Woodland Properties: Identification & Managing the Habitat At Your Center (MN) (Mr. Jonathan Kays)
1.6: IPM Diagnostic Walk for Landscape Problems (Ms. Mary Kay Malinoski, Dr. David Clement, Ms. Debbie Ricigliano)
1.7: Native and Non-Native Trees on the UMD Campus (MN) (Mr. Richard Jones)
1.8: Dealing with Insects on Herbaceous Perennials and Annuals (Mr. Stanton Gill)
1.9: Maryland Monarchs (MN) (Ms. Pam Spencer)
1.10: Zika, West Nile, Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis--What Mosquitoes and Ticks have in Store for us and How to Prevent Being Bitten (MN) (Dr. Mike Raupp)

12:30- 1:45pm | LUNCH, TRADESHOW EXHIBITS, MASTER GARDENER EXPO, MASTER NATURALIST CLASS REUNION AND RECOGNITION

1:45-3:00pm | SESSION 2 PRESENTATION TITLES

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2.1: Plants I Love (Mr. Scott Aker)
2.2: Fruit Trees and Cane Fruit with the Fewest Problems (Mr. Stanton Gill)
2.3: Introduction to Basic First Aid (MN) (Ms. Cineva Kline)
2.4: Rain Gardens Gone Wrong (MN) (Ms. Amanda Rockler, Mr. Eric Buehl, Mr. Krisztian Varsa)
2.5: Native Bees In Maryland:  Their Status, Conservation, and Managemen--From Big Picture to Small Picture (MN) (Mr. Sam Droege)
2.6: Protect and Conserve Pollinators and Natural enemies in our Landscapes (MN) (Dr. Paula Shrewsbury)
2.7: Tremendous Trees: How They Grow and How We Can Help Them (Mr. Bryce Lane)
2.8: Help for Home-Grown Tomatoes (Mr. Jon Traunfeld)
2.9: Grow a Backyard Pharmacy (Ms. Donna Koczaja)
2.10: Environmental Education Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for the Trail and Classroom   (MN) (Mr. Alonso Abugattas)

3:15-4:30pm | SESSION 3 PRESENTATION TITLES

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3.1: Geology of the Maryland Piedmont (MN) (Mr. Martin Schmidt)
3.2:  Bird-Friendly Backyards (MN) (Ms. Kerry Wixted)
3.3: Edible Weeds (MN) (Ms. Lisa Gonzalez)
3.4: Planting your Rain Garden (MN) (Ms. Connie Schmotzer)
3.5: Growing Media: What’s in the Bag? What’s Best for Plants? (Mr. Jon Traunfeld)
3.6: How Microbes might Help your Garden Grow (Dr. Stephanie Yarwood)
3.7: Trouble-Free Native Perennials (MN) (Dr. Sara Tangren)
3.8: Demystifying Soil Reports (Ms. Loretta Collins)
3.9: Plant Tree Roots & Not (Just) Caliper--Looking In the Pot Before You Buy (Mr. Steve Allgeier)

5:00-6:00 | PLENARY PRESENTATION

Creating Stunning Plant Communities that Stand the Test of Time (MN) (Ms. Claudia West)
Plants are the foundation of healthy ecosystems and they bring beauty and joy to our lives. But great plants alone don't automatically create lasting ecological benefits in our gardens. Claudia West, ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, premier wholesale perennial grower in Landenberg, Pennsylvania,  talks about spectacular perennials and grasses and how to use them in stable, layered, natural combinations that increase the ornamental, functional, and ecological value of your landscape. Enjoy and be inspired!

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