2017 Alabama Master Gardeners Association Conference Huntsville, Al May 1, 2, 3

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Join us in 2017 for a celebration of our statewide Gardening Heritage in Huntsville. Our state conference speakers will recognize our past, embrace our present, and shine a light on our future. We have so much to look forward to as gardeners from three different hardiness zones because Alabama’s plant biodiversity is the most varied in the nation. We depend on the tried and true plants, and we look forward to research that can change our lives.

 

In 1981 a few key people worked closely to develop the Alabama Master Gardener Program. The first class was held at Alabama A&M University in Madison County and more classes quickly spread throughout the state. In 1988, Master Gardeners of North Alabama was the first Master Gardener Association to form in the state, and a few years later, the Alabama Master Gardeners Association took shape.

 

What will you find at the 2017 AMGA Conference?

On Monday, take a leisurely stroll through the Huntsville Botanical Garden, one of the top 10 tourist attractions in Alabama. Visit and learn from your choice among many horticulture societies that sustain the different gardens within the Garden. Pick among several ongoing talks presented by certified Advanced Master Gardeners. Enjoy a casual dinner and music, renew old friendships, and make new friends from around the state.

 

On Tuesday and Wednesday we move to the Jackson Center, Huntsville’s latest conference venue, where vendors will be lined up for you to choose among their garden products. You will hear from several speakers on the past, present, and future of gardening in the state, as well as a variety of subjects from the breakout session speakers.

 

During the AMGA annual meeting Tuesday morning, you will learn the names of the annual state award winners and vote on new officers and members for the Board of Directors.

 

On Tuesday evening, we will honor those who started the Alabama Master Gardener Program. The future of gardening will be the keynote presentation by Dr. Neil Lamb, director of education outreach at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.