Gardening Conferences

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The link to the Hort. conference in Idaho is dysfunctional now. Fitting for a state that schedules its Nursery Association conference in January every year. Would you drive nearly 500 miles over icy mountain roads to sit in meetings for a week? Neither would I. Luckily, there was a nice sustainable ag conference much nearer last week, when the roads were much safer. This one was in Creston, BC Canada, just over the line from here. Take a look at the specs and the speakers. This was targeted at growers & marketers and good for a first time effort. They also have a great summer gardening event each year, full of classes & tours and fresh summer food.

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USDA Hardiness Zone: 4b/5aLocation: rural; just south of British Columbia/Idaho borderGeographic type: foot of Black & Clifty Mountains (foothills of Rockies–the Wet Columbia Mountains in BC climate- speak)Soil type:acid sand (glacial lake bed)/coniferous forestExperience level: intermediate/professionalParticular interests: fragrant & edible plants, hardy bulbs, cottage gardening, alpines, peonies, penstemons & other blue flowers, primulas, antique & species roses & iris; nocturnal flowers Also: owner of Paradise Gardens Rare Plant Nursery

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

~Mitchell Burgess in Northern Exposure

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