WSU 2015 Master Gardener Advanced-Education Conference

Vancouver, Washington
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
WSU 2015 Master Gardener Advanced-Education Conference
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 12:00 PM -
Saturday, September 19, 2015 12:30 PM

Hilton Vancouver Washington
301 West 6th Street
Vancouver, Washington 98660
United States

Map and Directions
Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State and
Washington State University Extension present
2015 Master Gardener Advanced-Education Conference
hosted by Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County

Conference has concluded! Thanks to all who participated.

Welcome to the 2015 WSU Master Gardener Advanced-Education Conference website.  All conference events will be held at the Vancouver Hilton Hotel, so park your car, relax and join us to "Explore, Learn and Lead." Explore new subject matters, new ideas, or the depths of something you have already made your mind up about. Learn some new skills that make you a better Master Gardener and a better home gardener. Lead once you get back to your own county with the new skills and ideas you will master here.

You have your choice of 32 research-based seminars covering topics on Horticulture, Environmental Issues, Food Gardening, and Volunteer Leadership Skills.  We have a stellar group of instructors to enrich, entertain and inspire you. For more information about the seminars see the Seminar Details tab. We are pleased to announce our special Banquet speaker -- Art Wolfe, photographer, host of "Travels to the Edge" on PBS, and a dedicated gardener himself. He will inspire us with some of his world-wide adventures.

You can choose from three interesting and informative tours on Wednesday afternoon. See the Tour Information tab for details. Don't forget to book your hotel room -- the Lodging tab has hotel information and a link to make your reservation. Menus for all meals are here. We encourage all Master Gardeners to connect at the conference and throughout the year. A directory of registrants will be available that includes Name, County and Email. Feel free to use this directory to arrange a carpool or to connect during the conference. If you do not wish to be included, simply check the Opt Out button on the registration form. An overview of the directory (as well as other information) is available here.

Use our Mobile Event Guide on your smart phone at the conference to access your Schedule, connect with other Master Gardeners using the Directory, or to find nearby attractions.  You will need your email address and password to sign in. You may also want to download the pdf summary program to your phone for use at the conference.

You can download parking information and a flyer with instructions for accessing the mobile event guide and the presentation material in electronic form on Dropbox.

There will be a MG Marketplace, a Silent Auction and a Raffle.  Scroll down for more information.

Links to Southwest Washington travel information are at the bottom of this page.

Register now for best selection of seminars and tours.  Space is limited for some options so don't miss out -- register early.  See you in Vancouver!

Conference Costs

  • Full Conference: $199
    • Includes meals: Thursday night hors d'oeuvres, Friday lunch and Friday night banquet dinner.
    • Includes your choice of 8 sessions.
    • Includes Thursday night program, Friday keynote, and Friday banquet.
    Options available for one-day, no dinners and companion meal registrations. Guest Friday banquet is only available with a Full Conference registration.

Conference Schedule

12:15 - 5:00
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and Bethany Winery FULL
    Multnomah Falls and Mt. Pleasant Iris
Silver Star Vinery and Moulton Falls Winery
9:00 - 11:30

   Photography in Your Garden  FULL

12:30 - 1:15
   1:45 -  3:15
  Session 1 Seminars
    Indoor Garden Lighting
    Sustainable Landscape Materials

    Forest Ecology and Biodiversity
    Mastering Leadership

   3:30 -  5:00
  Session 2 Seminars
    Chickens in the Garden
    Cool Season Vegetables (Westside Only)
    Invasive Species: Stopping the Silent Invasion
    Get Your Program Noticed - Panel

   5:00 -  7:30
  Happy Hour, Dinner, Sharing Success
   7:30 - Bedtime
  Hospitality Suite
 9:00 - 10:00
  Keynote Charles Goodrich
  10:30 -12:00  
  Session 3 Seminars
    The Forgotten Season: Fall
    Fruit Trees 101

    An Objective Look at Genetically Modified Foods
    Gardening with Seniors - Panel
  12:00 - 1:00
   1:00 - 2:00
  Session 4 Seminars
    Why Grow Plants Indoors?
    Edible Heirlooms
    Butterfly Conservation
    The Community of Service
   2:15 - 3:15
  Session 5 Seminars
    Beneficial Insects, Spiders, and Other Mini-Creatures
    Fruit Trees 202
    Climate Change 101 for Master Gardeners
    Getting Your Message Out
   3:30 - 4:45
  Session 6 Seminars
    Gardening in a Changing Climate
    Preserving the Soil Food Web
    Climate Change and Trees for the 21st Century
    Art of Observation and Portrayal
   5:00 - 8:00
  Banquet Dinner Art Wolfe

 6:45 - 8:00

Art Wolfe Presentation (Please arrive by 6:30)
   8:00 - Bedtime
  Hospitality Suite
 9:00 - 10:15
  Session 7 Seminars
    Natives for Erosion Control and Groundcover
    Mixed Vegetable Crop Planning

    Must See Birds of the Pacific Northwest
    Growing Your Presentation to the Public
  10:45 - 12:00
  Session 8 Seminars
    Growing Carnivorous Plants
    Growing Degree Days and Plant Phenology
    Conserving Bumble Bees

    Influencing the Big Picture
  12:00 - 12:30
  Closing, $100 Drawings [Must be present to win]

Registration Check-In Hours:
Wednesday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 10:30 pm

 MG Marketplace Hours:
Thursday: 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Silent Auction Hours:
Thursday: 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: CLOSED 
Raffle Hours:
Thursday: 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 9:00 am 
MG Marketplace Vendor List (subject to change):
Impressions by Nature - Clay Concentrates
Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens - Soil Additives
Peculiar Ambitions - Pottery and Seed Balls 
Bold Magpie - Cedar Planters 
Art BY Michele 
Terry Covington Photography 
Crack Pots - Hummingbird Feeders and Planters 
A Glass Act - Blown Glass Moisture Bar 
Sandi Hutchins - Botanical Photos 
Half Moon Farms 
MGF Pierce County - Books and Clothing 
MGF Yakima County - Water Bottles 
MGF Jefferson County 
MGF Clark County - House Plants 
Nautilus Cares 
WSU Master Food Preservers 
WSU Food Safety and Nutrition 
Gossler Farms - Plants 
Books by some of the conference speakers


Contact Information

Washington State University Extension programs are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.

Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Nicole Martini at WSU Extension, 2606 West Pioneer, Puyallup,WA 98371-4998; 253-445-4516, at least two weeks prior to the event.

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