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KS01 – Feeding Planet Earth

Jim Richardson

The problem of feeding our hungry planet has taken Jim around the world several times for National Geographic Magazine. Over the last 20 years, he has covered stories of food, farmers, and the vast problems and possibilities before us. Few have been given such an opportunity to see the breadth of the problems, as well…
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KS02 – Conquer the Soil: Legendary Stories in American Horticulture

Abra Lee

From flamboyant floral expressions to extraordinary achievements in literature and art, America’s Black people have long sown seeds of greatness in their own gardens and the gardens of others. Abra Lee invites you to join her in a celebration of diverse and unforgettable tales of Black American gardeners’ resilience, communal pride and shared love of…
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KS03 – Challenges of Gardening in a Changing Climate

Dr. Charles Rice

Climate change is increasing global temperatures. How do gardeners deal with the challenges of climate change? Precipitation continues to increase in some areas and decrease in others. More and more, intense precipitation is followed by extended droughts. Increasing summer heat is stressing plants. More erratic temperature swings are occurring in spring and fall. Join Dr.…
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KS04 – Plant Partners: Science-Based Companion Planting Strategies for the Vegetable Garden

Jessica Walliser

Jessica Walliser provides a scientific look at whether or not vegetable companion planting works and why. Discover how companion planting affects weed control and the spread of plant diseases. Learn why we should be interested in nitrogen fixing plants and more. Even non-vegetable gardeners will find Jessica’s presentation to be as fun as it is…
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KS05 – Why Gardens and Gardening Matter

Scott Beuerlein

You won’t want to miss this uplifting closing keynote by Scott Beuerlein. It takes you on a fascinating horticultural journey. He connects evolution, art, genetics, natural history, food and wine, and more with landscapes that make us feel more comfortable, happy, and secure. Scott makes the case that green spaces and the plants that create…
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