Join us for a one-day gardening event!



A workshop presented by UVM Extension Master Gardeners

Open to the general public
and all Vermont Extension Master Gardeners


Saturday, October 21, 2017

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Registration opens at 9 a.m.


North Branch Nature Center

713 Elm Street

Montpelier, Vt.

Directions  to NBNC


Click here to register. All refreshments, lunch, and materials included in registration fee. Please register in advance to allow time to order lunches!

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Beret Halverson at 802-656-1777 by October 13, 2017 so we may assist you.


General Public $75.00 by Oct 13, $85.00 after.

If you register for the Extension Master Gardener course starting late January, a $25 credit will be applied to your course fee.


EMGs $50.00 by Oct 13, $60.00 after.

Please bring and wear your badge. It’s a great way to meet fellow EMGs and make new friends.


Only cash or checks accepted at the door!

The Program

Join us for our first one-day event for gardeners and those interested in learning more about gardening, composting, and houseplants. Yes, you can garden in the off season.


9:00 — Registration — coffee, tea, snacks

9:30 — Welcome Remarks and Introductions

10:00 — Composting, the Law, and Winter, Cassandra Hemenway

10:50 — Break — refreshments

11:00 — Pests and Diseases in the Garden Last Season and What’s Coming!, Ann Hazelrigg


12:00 — Lunch

Nature walk with Chip Darmstadt (NBNC  Executive Director)

2:00 — Caring  for Houseplants Year Round, Will Creed**

2:50 — Break — refreshments

3:00 — Gardening Under Lights, Mike Ather

Plant some herb starts Mike is bringing to grow under lights!

4:00 — Closing Remarks


Pot up some herb starts, take home some seeds and starting supplies, maybe even one of the special little coffee trees to grow at home.


**Will Creed will be available when not speaking to answer your questions about your houseplants.

What is it all about?

Gardening season can be year-round. Beyond houseplants, you can garden in the off season. What’s to stop you from growing your own food and herbs inside? Mike Ather, who has been growing food indoors will explain the best practices for doing just that.


As well, there are actions you can take now to prepare your garden for next year — learn about diseases and pests that lie fallow in your garden awaiting spring to attack your plants. Ann Hazelrigg, PhD, of UVM Plant and Soil Science is the expert on that subject. She will offer best practices on how to deal with them in the coming season.


Cassandra Hemenway of Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District explains the new compost laws. And yes, you can compost year-round. If we all compost everything we can, the landfills don’t need to take over the landscape. Besides, compost is the best addition to your garden.


Will Creed, author of Don’t Repot That Plant! And Other Common Indoor Plant Care Mistakes, explains exactly why he says, “Don’t repot that plant.” Will says that is the fastest way to kill a houseplant. He should know, he has been caring for indoor plants in the New York City area for over 30 years.

Meet Our Speakers

Cassandra Hemenway

Cassandra is the Zero Waste Outreach Manager at Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District. Want to know about composting? Or recycling? Ask Cassandra.

Mike Ather

A seventh generation Vermonter, 1976 graduate of the UVM Environmental Studies Program, and long time, past employee of Gardener’s Supply Company, Mike now owns, a venture dedicated to restoring the natural world in your own backyard.  A Master Gardener, Master Composter, and instructor for the UVM Master Composter Program, Mike has written for Organic Gardening magazine, New Pioneer Magazine, and the Baltimore Sun, been featured in articles in Burlington Free Press, Rutland Herald, Barre Times Argus, and various community and business newsletters.

Ann Hazelrigg

Ann Hazelrigg, UVM Extension Assistant Professor, Plant Pathologist – UVM Plant Diagnostic Lab – Supports commercial growers with identification of plant diseases and pests. Provides support to the UVM Master Gardener Helpline volunteers with identification of plant diseases and pests for home gardeners.

Will Creed

Will Creed is the author of Don’t Repot That Plant! And Other Common Indoor Plant Mistakes. Will has been caring for indoor plants around New York City area for over 35 years. His website is loaded with information on houseplant care.

About the Master Gardener Program


To sign up for the course


Need a Soil Test?


Ask A Master Gardener


Extension Master Gardeners

Jeffords Building

63 Carrigan Dr

Burlington, VT 05405


State Coordinator: Beret Halverson

Program Assistant: Lisa Chouinard



Central Vermont Master Gardeners

North Branch Nature Center is one of our local projects. Thanks to the work of EMG Sandy Paar, North Branch Nature Center has been selected as a Pollinate New England workshop host and garden installation site. To be installed the summer of 2018.

Become a Master Gardener


Certified Extension Master Gardeners are trained in research-based home horticulture practices and they apply this knowledge in their communities through education based volunteer efforts. Over 3,000 Vermonters have taken the Extension Master Gardener (EMG) course since the program started in 1991 and there are currently more than 560 active volunteers.

This program may be right for you if you are …

  • Eager to participate in a practical and intensive training program
  • Eager to improve your community and volunteer as a community educator
  • Interested in environmental stewardship and willing to promote environmentally safe home horticulture practices
  • Looking forward to sharing your knowledge and experience with your community and across Vermont
  • Willing to serve as an EMG volunteer and have enough time to attend the training and volunteer annually

Central Vermont Master Gardeners

Central Vermont Chapter
Extension Master Gardeners

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