2020 vision of gardening

[CANCELED] - 2020 NHMGAA Spring Symposium

Sat, 03/21/2020
8:30am - 4:00pm
Southern New Hampshire University Dining Hall & Banquet Facility
2500 N River Rd
Hooksett, NH 03106


Due to the public health concern caused by the COVID-19 virus, UNH administration made the decision to cancel all UNH Cooperative Extension events, programs and noncredit classes through April 5. The health and safety of our staff and the many members of our New Hampshire communities that participate in our programs is most important. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this uncertain time.


About the Event

The New Hampshire Master Gardener Alumni Association (NHMGAA) is pleased to invite you to attend our 2020 Spring Symposium on Saturday, March 21 at Southern New Hampshire University. Our theme this year is A 20/20 Vision of Gardening. This event is open to the general public but Master Gardeners who are members of the NHMGAA receive a discount on their registration (see details below).

Featured Speakers 

Jana Milbocker & Joan Butler“Spring Ephemerals and Other Delights”

Charlie Nardozzi“Invasive Plants in the Garden”

Judith Sumner: "Birds' Nest Botany"

Kevin Bragg: "Of Plants, Packets, Pots and Promise"

The Program

Registration and Check-In | 8:30 -  9:30

Silent Auction | 8:30 -  1:15

Welcome, Introduction | 9:30 – 10:00                                  

Jana Milbocker & Joan Butler | 10:00 - 11:00

Charlie Nardozzi | 11:15 - 12:15                 

Lunch |12:15-1:30

Judith Sumner | 1:30 - 2:30

Kevin Bragg | 2:45 - 3:45

Closing Remarks | 3:45

Breaks between speakers and at lunch provide time for the Silent Auction, book sales and author signings with MainStreet Bookends, and beverages. Please note cash or checks will be required for silent auction payments. MainStreet Bookends will accept credit cards.


General registration is $80 per person. Breakfast and lunch are included with your registration. The deadline to pre-register is March 16. Registration will not be allowed at the door this year. We've capped registration this year, and expect to hit that cap. There will be a waitlist. Refunds are available until March 16.

A $15 discount is available for current members (2020) of the NHMGAA, which is open to all alumni of the NH Master Gardener program. If you haven't renewed in 2020, please do so before registering from the Spring Symposium.


The NHMGAA was created in November, 2003 in partnership with UNH Cooperative Extension. The purpose of the Alumni Association was, and continues to be, to enhance the Master Gardener program and to offer Master Gardeners an extra layer of support, education, and community. New Hampshire Master Gardener Alumni Association volunteers work hard to improve the quality of life in NH communities. NHMGAA members foster horticultural education and outreach in support of the UNHCE mission.

The NHMGAA provides financial resources to its members through scholarships and grants for approved community projects. The NHMGAA Special Projects Committee works with  Master Gardeners and Master Gardener Interns to provide funding for qualified projects. Prior grant recipients have taken leadership roles within community gardens and school gardens and numerous other not-for-profit organizations around the state have benefited from the NHMGAA's generosity and Master Gardener expertise.

NHMGAA members receive a $15 discount on symposium registration. Membership is open to all NH Master Gardeners. Membership runs for the calendar year.

Become a member or renew your membership.

Speaker Bios

JANA MILBOCKER is the principal of Enchanted Gardens, a lecturer and garden writer.  She published The Garden Tourist:  120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast in 2018, and her second book, The Garden Tourist’s New England in 2019.  She has a passion for landscape and horticulture and has been gardening on her 2-acre property in Holliston’s historic district for over 20 years.  Jana is interested in all aspects of design-spatial relationships, the interplay of light and shadow, color theory, texture, proportion and plant combinations.

JOAN BUTLER, lecturer, has been an enthusiastic gardener for over 30 years, and believes gardens should invite you to linger in the world outside your door. Her gardens have been included on several garden tours, and feature exciting plant combinations, dramatic horticultural specimens, and collections of hosta, heuchera and epimedium.   

CHARLIE NARDOZZI is an award winning, nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality based in Vermont. He has worked for more than 30 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through his own radio and television shows, tours, on-line,  and the printed page. Charlie has, is a well-known public speaker, and is the author of Cool Springs Press's Northeast Fruit & Vegetable Gardening (2012), Vegetable Gardener's Journal and Magnet Gift Set (2014), New England Getting Started Garden Guide, and Foodscaping (2015). Charlie delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun and accessible to everyone.   

JUDITH SUMNER is a botanist who specializes in ethnobotany, flowering plants, plant adaptations, and garden history.  Judith has taught extensively both at the college level and at botanical gardens, including the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Garden in the Woods.  Judith has published books on ethnobotany and medicinal plants, and recently completed the first botanical history of World War II, Plants Go to War:  A Botanical History of World War II, which includes chapters on victory gardens and agricultures, as well as timber, fibers, rubber, medicinal plants and herbalism, camouflage, survival practices, and botanical gardens in wartime.

KEVIN BRAGG is proprietor and head H2O applicator of Canterbury Plantation, in Canterbury, NH. Since 1996, they have been growing plants for customers throughout New England, both gardener and garden center alike.  In addition to growing plants, they offer fine gardening services, from consulting and design through installation and maintenance.  When not digging in the dirt, he and his staff offer a number of home services, from complete renovations to erasing your "Honey-Do" lists.  He loves getting out of the greenhouse, not just to sell plants but also to visit with folks with an interest in all things horticulture! 


The New Hampshire Master Gardener Alumni Association (NHMGAA) thanks the following individuals and businesses for sponsoring the 2020 Spring Symposium. Their support makes the Spring Symposium and the work of the NHMGAA possible. If you are interested in adding your name or business to this list contact Terry Cook.

Inclusion or exclusion of commercial names, logos, products or services does not equate or imply endorsement by Cooperative Extension or the University of New Hampshire.

Lead Sponsor

Marge Badois – Keller Williams

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Educational Track Sponsor 

Debruyckere Law Offices

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Root Sponsors

Rolling Green Nursery

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Proven Winners

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BlueSeal/ Kent Nutrition

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Lily's Place Greenhouse

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Individual Sponsors

Terry Cook & Steve Yevich

Deb & Drew Twombly

Marie & Eric Nickerson