2022 Registration Gardening Symposium

2022 Massachusetts Gardening Symposium

"Gardening for Change"

Saturday, September 10, 2022, 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Bentley University, LaCava Conference Center

Waltham, Massachusetts

Conveniently located just 3.5 miles off Route 95/128

After four years face-to-face (2016-2019) and a successful 2021 virtual Symposium, we are excited to be returning to an in-person event for 2022. Please join us for four lectures by leaders in the fields of garden design, horticulture, and landscape architecture. Registration also includes our Garden Marketplace, a new Gardeners' Choice Raffle, a door prize drawing, book signings, lunch, and ample time to visit with existing and new friends.

Who should attend? In keeping with the MMGA's mission to educate our Master Gardeners and the public about gardening and horticulture, we welcome all gardeners, novices to Master Gardeners, including Green Industry professionals.

Attn. MA Master Gardeners: The MMGA Education Committee has approved the Gardening Symposium for a total of 4 hours of Continuing Education credit (1 hour per lecture).


For most of us, gardening is a journey rather than a destination. Along the way there are certain to be bumps in the road, detours, and opportunities for side-trips to meaningful new destinations. As we and the world around us continue to evolve, gardeners can make a difference. And so we've chosen "Gardening for Change" as our 2022 Symposium theme. Learn from our distinguished speakers how to make positive changes...starting now!

Kerry Ann Mendez

Garden consultant, designer, and author

"Plants and Design Solutions for Time-Pressed and Maturing Gardeners"

LEARN HOW to balance your love of gardening with other lifestyle factors, including hectic schedules and our evolving bodies. In addition to no-fuss plant and garden design suggestions, Kerry Ann Mendez will be sharing easy-to-follow rightsizing strategies that have worked well in her own garden and for her many fans. Kerry Ann is a respected garden consultant, designer, and author perhaps best known for her Perennially Yours webinars, newsletter, and blog. In 2014 the Massachusetts Horticultural Society awarded her its gold medal for "exceptional teaching and writing that increases public enjoyment and appreciation of horticulture." The author of five popular gardening books - all focused on time-saving techniques, workhorse plants, and sustainability - Kerry Ann will be autographing books at the Gardening Symposium. P.S. A Maine resident, Kerry "gets it" in terms of some our unique challenges as New England gardeners

Portrait by West Cliff Creative

Emily Murphy

Regenerative organic gardener and author

"How to Save Our Health, Communities and Planet - One Garden at a Time"

Not only are our gardens a source of beauty, food, and respite from the world, but also they have the power to improve our health and the planet's health. LEARN HOW to embrace nature by going beyond organic gardening, fostering biodiversity, cycling more carbon back into the soil, and more. In short, a roadmap for how to "grow the change you want to see in the world." Emily Murphy is an expert regenerative gardener, garden designer, and photographer. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Ethnobotanical Resources and has studied botany, environmental science, ecology, and herbal medicine. She is also a trained garden educator and has contributed to numerous publications including Better Homes & Gardens and Mother Earth News. Emily's second gardening how-to book, Grow Now, was published earlier this year; she will be autographing books at the Gardening Symposium.

Portrait by Kim Sokoloff

Larry Weaner

Natural landscape designer and author

"Planning the Unplanned: Integrating Ecological Restoration Techniques and Landscape Design"

The use of native plants in landscape architecture/design has become an accepted practice. Less well understood is how to work with natives' ecological patterns and processes. LEARN HOW to integrate the science of ecological restoration and the art of traditional design to achieve beautiful, diverse landscapes. Larry Weaner is the founder of Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, Philadelphia. His design work has been profiled in national publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Garden Design, and American Gardener. In 2008 Native Plant Trust (then the New England Wildflower Society) recognized him for use of native plants in "exceptional and distinctive landscape compositions." He is the co-author of Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change. Larry will be autographing books at the Symposium.

Paul Zammit

Horticulturist, designer, and garden photographer

"Rethinking Beauty in a Changing World"

Do you ever question how and why you garden? Are we as gardeners just striving for something that is aesthetically pleasing or do we need to rethink our practices and goals as part of a bigger picture? LEARN the real cost of "perfect gardens, perfect flowers, and perfect fruit" as you consider the power of nature to create true beauty - in our own gardens and beyond - in the face of both climate and biodiversity challenges. Paul Zammit is back by popular demand after his presentation at the 2019 Gardening Symposium impressed us not only with his knowledge of creative container design but also his boundless (and bounding!) energy. Paul is a graduate of the University of Guelph's Plant Agriculture Program, the former Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanic Garden, and currently a professor of Horticulture at Niagara College, Toronto.


Registration: $95.00 per person

Refunds available through August 19 at 5:00 PM

Registration closes at 5:00 PM on August 19 or as soon as we reach capacity.

In past years we have filled up early. We encourage you to sign up soon

The Symposium is always more fun with friends, so invite others to join you. You can view, download and print our flyer by clicking here.

If you would like to register and pay for guests, please complete a separate online registration form for each person. Fill out the first page of the online form using the guest's name, email address, street address, lunch selection, etc. On the second page of the form, use your own personal payment information. If you are registering multiple guests, please use a different email address for each person.


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