University of Maryland Extension

Session 3 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)


3.1: Geology of the Maryland Piedmont (MN) (Mr. Martin Schmidt)
Since the Maryland Piedmont region has been at the core of several mountain ranges over the last billion years, it has developed a complex geology--all the better to make it interesting! We'll look at the results of colliding continents and how the geology shapes the landforms in the Piedmont region, as well as talking about sources of geologic information that can help you know more about your geographic area of interest in the Piedmont. (I)

3.2: Bird-Friendly Backyards (MN) (Ms. Kerry Wixted)
Learn how to create bird-friendly backyards for any size habitat. This presentation will go over native plants and practices designed to attract songbirds. (B)

3.3: Edible Weeds (MN) (Ms. Lisa Gonzalez)
This presentation provides an introduction to general principles of foraging including safety and harvesting considerations, edible plant identification, and wild foods preparation tips. The presentation will include a short hike to identify some common wild edible plants. (B)

3.4: Planting your Rain Garden (MN) (Ms. Connie Schmotzer)
Rain gardens do double duty in our landscapes. As they function to clean and infiltrate storm water they can also become an oasis for wildlife with wonderful colors and the sights and sounds of butterflies and songbirds. Learn how to choose plants that “work” in your rain garden. (I)

3.5: Growing Media: What’s in the Bag? What’s Best for Plants? (Mr. Jon Traunfeld)
Non-soil growing media is used by just about every gardener for starting transplants, container plants, and even raised beds. Learn how to evaluate and compare the wide range of available materials for different types of plants and gardens. We’ll discuss sustainability issues and examine specific products. (I)

3.6: How Microbes Might Help your Garden Grow (Dr. Stephanie Yarwood)
Soils are the most diverse environment on the planet and house billions of tiny microbes. These microbes carry out many important processes from N-fixation to plant defenses. This presentation will introduce basic concepts about microbes and discuss some ways that they help in garden success. (B)

3.7: Trouble-Free Native Perennials (MN) (Dr. Sara Tangren)
What is the overlap between IPM and including native plants in your garden? We'll explore three ways native plants fit into an IPM program, and then discuss specific native plants that have relatively few insect and disease problems. (I)

3.8: Demystifying Soil Test Reports (Ms. Loretta Collins)
The talk will cover a brief overview of how to sample soil but will mostly focus on how to interpret test results once you get them back from the lab. Participants will look at soil test reports from different labs, learn what all of the different measurements mean, and understand how to interpret them to determine what nutrients to add to the soil for best plant productivity. (I)

3.9: Plant Tree Roots & Not (Just) Caliper--Looking In the Pot Before You Buy (Mr. Steve Allgeier)
Everyone should plant a tree, but too often we buy the largest tree our money can buy. Falling in love with a nursery tree, without considering the roots, is dangerous. Learn what to look for in the pot and how to correct root defects to ensure your trees survival. (I)

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