University of Maryland Extension

Session 1 Presentation Descriptions

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.

Presentation level is indicated as: B (Beginner), I (Intermediate), A (Advanced)


1.1: The Alien Invaders Among Us (MN) (Ms. Carolyn Puckett)
After the loss of habitat, the encroachment of invasive non-native weeds is the biggest threat to our native plants and animals.  This presentation will focus on how to identify some of the major invasive non-native plants and how to tell them apart from look-a-like native plants. (B)

1.2: Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation (Mr. Michael Judd)
Explore growing fantastic fungi in the landscape for culinary and ecological benefits. Presentation will cover inoculating mushroom logs, wood chip beds, stumps, and burlap sacks while improving your garden ecology. (B)

1.3: From the Ground Up! (Ms. Lisa Mason Ziegler)
From the Ground Up includes the practices that are at the root of the success and beauty of Lisa’s flower farm; starting from seed and caring for the soil as the most precious gem. Learn how to plant seeds directly in the garden and start indoors using the English method soil blocking. Lisa also reveals the steps she follows to prepare the garden for abundant growth and low-maintenance. (B)

1.4: Eliminating Murder: How Not to Kill Plants (Mr. Bryce Lane)
Gardening is a challenge. All too often we make gardening decisions with our hearts and not our heads. This results in plant death and gardener anguish. With a little botanical knowledge we can avoid the major pitfalls that lead to garden failure. In this talk we will discuss the major causes of plant failure in the garden, and what we can to reduce our “murder” rates! (I) 

1.5: Wildlife on Woodland Properties: Identification & Managing the Habitat At Your Center (MN) (Mr. Jonathan Kays)
Learning how to identify the types of wildlife on your property and knowing a bit about their ecology and management can benefit your environmental program. How to be a good woodland steward and the opportunities available to site managers to make it happen will be discussed. (I)

1.6: IPM Diagnostic Walk for Landscape Problems (Ms. Mary Kay Malinoski, Dr. David Clement, Ms. Debbie Ricigliano)
Walk, examine, and diagnose insect, disease and abiotic landscape problems. Rain or shine, dress for the weather and bring a bottle of water. If you have a hand lens bring it to examine small specimens. (B)

1.7: Native and Non-Native Trees on the UMD Campus (MN) (Mr. Richard Jones)
This outdoor walking tour will observe and discuss native and non-native trees of our area. Included in the walk will be several of the 19 champion trees that can be found on the UMD campus, as well as a discussion of what makes a champion tree. We will also discuss the online campus plant inventory, and how it is used to manage our canopy. For this presentation, please meet on the brick patio in front of the main entrance to the Stamp Student Union. (B)

1.8: Dealing with Insects on Herbaceous Perennials and Annuals (Mr. Stanton Gill)
Learn the diagnostic skills in recognizing the good and bad insects that visit herbaceous plants and the least toxic control measures for the problematic insects. (B)

1.9: Maryland Monarchs (MN) (Ms. Pam Spencer)
The presentation includes information about the importance of Monarch Butterflies, why they are considered at-risk, things that we can do to help, and how to create Monarch-friendly (as well as all pollinators) habitat. (B)

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)
Startling new and disagreeable old illnesses are carried by arthropods, notably mosquitoes and ticks. Learn what these diseases are, why they have become prevalent, and what to do to protect yourself from contracting arthropod borne illnesses. (I)

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