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Organic Gardening Academy features three presentations on May 6

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Bill Aldrich applies his knowledge of organic gardening to the rose garden.

Bill Aldrich applies his knowledge of organic gardening to the rose garden.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – In celebration of National Public Garden Day, University of Missouri Extension will be hosts for the 2016 Organic Gardening Academy Symposium from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 6, at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield.

The Organic Gardening Academy will feature two tours of the gardens and three guest speakers. Cost of the event is $20.

“Organic Care of Roses” will be presented by Bill Aldrich, Master Gardeners of Greene County and head caretaker of the rose gardens at Springfield Botanical Gardens.
The keynote presentation, “Butterflies Go Native,” will be presented by Lenora Larson.

Lenora Larson at Long Lips Farm. A recognized authority on pollinator gardens, she is a master gardener.

Lenora Larson at Long Lips Farm. A recognized authority on pollinator gardens, she is a master gardener.

Larson is a Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardener and a member of local chapters of both the Idalia Butterfly Society and Kansas Native Plant Society.

For butterflies, native plants are a matter of life or death because the larval feeding stage of each species depends exclusively on a particular plant. As part of this presentation, learn specific natives for the most common Ozarks area butterflies and how to integrate them into your garden.

“Growing Organic Vegetables at Home” will be presented by Kelly McGowan, a horticulture educator with University of Missouri.

The Butterfly House will also have its season opening on this same day.
The Organic Gardening Academy costs $20 per attendee. The fee includes a tram tour with a stop at the Butterfly House and admission to Japanese Stroll Garden ($3).

Contact Kelly McGowan at mcgowank@missouri.edu or call the Greene County Extension office at (417) 881-8909 to register. More information is available at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene for more information.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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