University of Maryland Extension

Session 2 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)

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

2.1: Plants I Love (Mr. Scott Aker)
Few plants have it all--good looks, a tough constitution, benefits for pollinators,  multiple seasons of interest, and the ability to stand out in the neighborhood as something different from what everyone else is growing.  These are no ordinary run-of-the-mill plants, and are worth seeking out for your own garden. (I)

2.2: Fruit Trees and Cane Fruit with the Fewest Problems (Mr. Stanton Gill)
Learn how to grow late season Thornless Black berries, late raspberries, disease resistant pears, Saskatoon trees, Oriental Persimmons, and Che Che Fruit. Learn which cultivars to select, and the most efficient training systems. (B)

2.3: Introduction to Basic First Aid (MN) (Ms. Cineva Kline)
Participants will receive an overview of emergency medical response for victims experiencing sudden illness and physical injury.   Discussion points will include safety precautions, primary care for unresponsive victims, and first aid treatment for responsive victims.  Please note this is NOT a certification course. (B)

2.4: Rain Gardens Gone Wrong (MN) (Ms. Amanda Rockler, Mr. Eric Buehl, Mr. Krisztian Varsa)
If the Chesapeake Bay water quality goals are going to be met by 2025, it is critical that Best Management Practices (BMP), which includes rain gardens, are designed, installed, and maintained properly. Rain gardens are an important and widespread practice used in today's landscapes, but according to the 2012 Severn River Watershed study, 48% of rain gardens surveyed were failing to provide any water quality protection. Come learn about common mistakes and solutions for rain garden design, installation and maintenance. (I)

2.5: Native Bees In Maryland: Their Status, Conservation, and Management--From Big Picture to Small Picture (MN) (Mr. Sam Droege)
Our past native bee talks have emphasized relationships with plants and plantings, this presentation will focus on the bees themselves. The types in Maryland, where they occur, how many, and patterns in their natural history. Threats to their populations will cover what little is known about pesticides, habitat change, habitat management, loss of plant species, competition with honey bees, and disease. (I)

2.6: Protect and Conserve Pollinators and Natural enemies in our Landscapes (MN) (Dr. Paula Shrewsbury)
Insects provide beneficial ecosystem services such as biological control of plant feeding insects, and pollination of food crops and flowering plants in natural and managed environments. Beneficial insects can be negatively impacted in managed and disturbed environments. This presentation will discuss measures towards protecting and conserving these beneficials. (I) 

2.7: Tremendous Trees: How They Grow and How We Can Help Them (Mr. Bryce Lane)
Trees are amazing organisms with tremendous abilities to survive and adapt. Trees provide countless benefits to our environment and our communities. The natural world of trees is fascinating, and can teach us how to care for them in cultivation. Do you know what the #1 killer of newly planted trees is? What is the  key to proper establishment of trees in the landscape? The more we know about how trees grow, and the factors that influence their growth, the more successful we will be as gardeners. This talk is divided into three parts: amazing trees, how trees grow, and successfully growing trees in the garden. (I)

2.8: Help for Home-Grown Tomatoes (Mr. Jon Traunfeld)
Help clients avoid tears and distress in this “Year of the Tomato” by learning how to identify and prevent the major tomato diseases and abiotic problems that reduce yields. We’ll examine actual tomato questions and photos submitted to HGIC and discuss best organic management options. (I)

2.9: Grow a Backyard Pharmacy (Ms. Donna Koczaja)
Interested in having a medicinal garden but don’t know where to start? Learn about these must-have herbs that should be included in your backyard pharmacy and first aid kit.  Growing, harvesting, and preparing each herb for therapeutic use will be reviewed, and a sample garden plan will be provided. (B)

2.10: Environmental Education Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for the Trail and Classroom (MN) (Mr. Alonso Abugattas)
Regardless of how experienced we are, it is always great to get new ideas and reinforce the basics of conducting interpretive programs and trail walks. Here’s an opportunity to check out how an experienced interpreter conducts his programs and walks, get some great handouts/examples of ideas that can be used, and have an opportunity to share your own as well. In addition to tips, tricks, and techniques to be used on trail walks and more formal settings, many attention-getting ideas, time-fillers, games, props, program ideas, and resources will be shown that should benefit both novice and seasoned naturalists. (B)

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