Up & Coming Weekly

March 12, 2019

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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14 UCW MARCH 13-19, 2019 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Master Gardeners host fifth annual spring symposium by JUDY DEWAR EVENT e Extension Master Gar- dener Volunteer Association of Cumberland County presents its fifth annual spring symposium this month. e event has sold out the past two years and as a result has moved to the Ra- mada Plaza on Owen Drive. It takes place Saturday, March 23, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. is year's speak- ers, Tony Avent and Carol Reese, are at the top of the East Coast horticulture circuit. Avent is the Indiana Jones of horticul- ture. He's a curator, breeder, columnist and creator of Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden, both in Raleigh. His talks are titled "Hot Plants in Cold Places" and "Our Fine Textured Friends — e Magi- cal World of Orna- mental Grasses." Reese, a nationally known speak- er, columnist and extension horti- culture specialist at the University of Tennessee, blends gardening with her quirky humor. She's offer- ing talks titled "Beyond Azaleas" and "Sex in the Garden." Yes, you read that correctly. Come to the Ramada Plaza to hear these speakers and enjoy visit- ing vendors and gathering informa- tion. Avent will end with a brief but exciting auction of some interesting plants he grows. is event raises scholarship funds for horticulture students at Fayetteville Techni- cal Community Col- lege. It also supports the North Carolina/ Cumberland County Extension Master Gardener Volun- teers in their effort to educate residents in state-approved horti- culture practices. Registration, which is currently in its "late" phase, costs $60. To register, visit Eventbrite.com and search "Master Gardener Spring Symposium 2019" in Fayetteville. Or, make a check out to CCEMGVA and send it to Lynne Grates, Treasurer, 301 East Mountain Dr., Fayetteville, NC, 28306. For further information, call 910- 261-1091 and ask for Judy Dewar. JUDY DEWAR, Contributing Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@ upandcomingweekly.com 910- 484-6200. Learn about plants and gardening at the spring symposium. Tony Avent Carol Reese "Cumberland County's Community Newspaper"

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