On the QT | The Official Newsletter of GWA February - March 2017 - Page 12

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REGION VII

REGIONAL EVENTS

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• March 11-12 , Ipswich Plant Expo , Ipswich , Queensland . Guest speakers and more than 100 suppliers .
• March 29 to April 2 , Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show , Carlton Gardens , Melbourne , Victoria . Designer and student display gardens , sculpture exhibition and garden products ,
• April 8-9 , Collectors ’ Plant Fair , Clarendon NSW . NSW ’ s biggest plant fair .
• RELEAF : National Garden Centres Day supports the mental health benefits of gardening .

upcoming EVENTS

GWA @ Northwest Flower & Garden Show
Connect Meeting , Region VI , Seattle Thursday , February 23
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Frida Friday @ Tucson Botanical Garden
Regional Meeting , Region VI , Tucson , Arizona Friday , March 10
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GWA @ Canada Blooms
Regional Meeting , Region VII , Toronto Saturday , March 11
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GWA @ Philadelphia Flower Show
Press / Media Tour Thursday , March 9 Connect Meeting , Region II , Philadelphia Saturday , March 11
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GWA @ Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Regional Meeting , Region III , Chicago Saturday , March 18
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GWA @ DuPont Triple Play Tour
Regional Meeting , Region II , Wilmington , Hockessin and Winterthur , Delaware Friday , April 28
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Back in Minnesota , Heather will speak about “ Gardening for Bees and Butterflies ” at the Long Prairie Library in Long Prairie , March 11 , and then at the Sauk Center Library in Sauk Center ; “ What You Can Do for Pollinators : Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Garden Habitat ” for the St . Cloud Garden Club at the St . Cloud Whitney Center , March 20 ; “ Gardening for the Birds and Bees ,” March 21 , at the Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield and April 1 at Ready , Set , Grow ! Garden Expo 2017 in Brainerd , she ’ ll speak about “ Gardening for Bees and Butterflies ” and “ Pollinators of Native Plants .”

REGION VI

JACQUELINE SOULE
Patrick Ryan continues educating children with the Alaska Botanical Garden ’ s 21st Century Schools indoor gardening program . ABG is also fine-tuning its lessons with the Anchorage Schools District ’ s STEM Science Program . He ’ s teaching a Gardening 101 class in February and March , and you can find his writing on the ABG website and Facebook page .
Mary-Kate Mackey will present two talks at Seattle ’ s Northwest Flower & Garden Show , February 22-23 .
Debra Prinzing will continue the “ Slow Flowers Creative Workshop ,” March 6-7 . The curriculum is designed to help creatives use language for storytelling and brand building . At its heart is “ floral memoir ” and “ floral narrative ,” evoking the personal story at the heart of each student ’ s journey .
Robert Kourik is presenting twice at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds , The Seed Bank , Petaluma , California : “ Good Fungus , Happy Roots , Healthy Plants ,” March 8 , and “ Vegetable Roots ,” which highlights root maps , April 12 .
Nicholas Staddon will offer presentations at Village Landscape Centers in Orange and Huntington Beach , California , March 8 and April 5 .
Regional Director Jacqueline Soule reminds people to come to sunny , warm Tucson , Arizona ,
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“ Frida Friday ,” the art and gardens of Frida Kahlo , and the Region VI meeting at the Tucson Botanical Gardens , March 10 . This is followed by the Tucson Festival of Books , March 11 and 12 , on the University of Arizona campus .
Susan Mulvihill will present “ Attracting Birds To Your Garden ” at the daylong Cabin Fever Gardening Symposium in Spokane , Washington , March 11 . She will also teach “ Raised Bed Gardening ,” March 2,5 for the Spokane County Master Gardener Program .

REGION VII

WENDY DOWNING
Spring appears to be a very busy time for our members in Region VII . Our annual Region VII meeting will take place at Canada Blooms on Saturday , March 11 .
National Director Ken Brown is speaking at a Region of Durham staff “ Lunch & Learn ,” February 17 ; at Canada Blooms , March 16 and in Dorval , Quebec , March 27 . He is the keynote speaker at Gardening Saturday in Winnipeg , March 18 and plans are being made to have a Connect meeting on that date . Ken will teach a flower and vegetable-judging workshop in Sunderland , March 25 , followed by speaking engagements in Exeter , April 1 and Greely , April 5 .
One of our newer GWA members Stephanie Rose ( Garden Therapy ) will be speaking at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle , February 22-23 and at the Epcot Flower and Garden Show in Orlando , March 3-5 .
Dan Cooper will speak about low-maintenance gardening and his book Gardening from a Hammock at the Orillia ( Ontario ) Horticultural Society , March 16 and to the Etobicoke Horticultural Society , April 5 , in Toronto .
Regional VII Regional Director Tony Spencer , a . k . a . “ The New Perennialist ,” is keeping busy this winter with podcasts and a string of speaking gigs . He ’ s featured guest ( and first Canadian to appear ) on the popular U . S . Native Plant Podcast with hosts John C . Magee and Preston Montague . Time TBD and downloadable .
On the local front , Tony will speak at the annual Toronto event , Get the Jump on Spring at The Toronto Botanical Garden , with his talk “ Perennial Dreamtime : The DIY Naturalistic Garden ,” February 18 . Next up , Tony speaks at Canada Blooms on “ Art + Ecology in Planting Design ” on March 13 . He ’ ll follow that up with a daylong design workshop , “ New Perennial Planting at Home ,” at the botanical garden as part of its Winter Education Programme on March 18 .
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