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State Master Gardener Conference Report

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Roger Swain, of the television show Victory Gardens fame, was the opening speaker for the 2007 Master Gardener State Conference held in Springfield on September 6-8. He set the tone for two days of excellent educational speakers and workshops enjoyed bysixteen Master Gardeners from our Cook County/Chicago Unit.

The conference began on Thursday, September 6 with garden and architectural tours around the historic Springfield area. Conferences participants had an array of topics from which to choose for each of the five educational sessions on Friday and Saturday. Session topics ranged from Power Point classes to weed identification, to orchids to Dendrology( Botanical symbolism in Victorian cemeteries.)

The highlight of the conference was the Honors Dinner on Friday evening. Our own Electronic Plant Clinic was named as one of the State Team Award winners. MaryAnne Spinner and Janice Byron, accepted the award on behalf of their other team members: Carol Stitzer, Chris Kelsey, Erica Granchalek, Erica Seltzer, Dianne Gilder, Peggy Coon, Bill Sahr, Kathleen Mullaney, Amara Rozgus Duhrand Mary Boldan.

A special thank you to all of you who sent items to Springfield for the Silent Auction. The Auction Committee was overwhelmed with the amount donated. They chose 168 items for the auction,and awarded the remaining items as door prizes. Almost every attendee went home with a prize.

Our attendees were Carla Burton, Heather Burton, Tom Janek, Karin Grear, Helen Charity, Sandra Bradley, Phyllis Johnson, Janice Bryon, Deloris Carter Williams, Linda Khalouf, Marilyn Witney, Jeanne Zasadil, MaryAnne Spinner, Bob Vear, Denise Smith and Elizabeth Bruhns.

The annual State Conference is an excellent way for Master Gardeners to earn Continuing Education credits in a concentrated two day period. It will be even more convenient in 2008 when the September conference will be held in near by Lombard, Illinois.

Elizabeth Bruhns

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