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Adkins Arboretum to Host Master Gardener Advanced Training Sun., Sept. 25. Training is open to the public.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD—SEPTEMBER 7, 2011)

Adkins Arboretum will offer an advanced training session for Master Gardeners on Sun., Sept. 25 at the Arboretum in Ridgely. All Master Gardeners and the general public may register for this special afternoon event. The program runs from noon to 4 p.m.

The day’s keynote speaker is Dr. Douglas Tallamy, author, professor, chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology and director of the Center for Managed Ecosystems at the University of Delaware. Tallamy will discuss research conducted for his book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens.

Awarded the 2008 silver medal by the Garden Writers Association, Bringing Nature Home has sparked a national conversation about the link between healthy local ecosystems and human well-being. By acting on Tallamy’s practical recommendations, everyone can make a difference.

The day’s events include a discussion and book signing by Dr. Tallamy, a native plant sale and native plant guided walks. The program fee of $65 includes lunch. Registration is required; register at www.adkinsarboretum.org, or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, extension 0.

Photo: Dr. Douglas Tallamy will speak at Adkins Arboretum’s Master Gardener Advanced Training program on Sun., Sept. 25 .