Friday, July 14, 2017

9:00 am-11:00 am: General Session and Keynote #3

(G3) General Session: In this last general session, IMGC Master of Ceremonies Ciscoe Morris will help us say goodbye to the 2017 IMGC, as well as greet the next International Master Gardener Conference organizers. This will be followed by our final keynote, delivered by Renee Shepherd.

(K3) Garden to Table From Seed (Renee Shepherd). How to plan, plant and enjoy a bountiful, colorful and delicious kitchen garden throughout the seasons featuring vegetables and herbs chosen for fabulous flavor, easy growing, productivity and top nutrition. Includes specific variety suggestions, information on how and where we find seeds of many cultures and countries along with lots of preparation and cooking ideas for using your harvests for satisfying everyday meals. Oriented especially towards beginning ‘foodie’ gardeners who want to cook a wide range of fresh and seasonal meals from their own garden. Renee Shepherd is widely regarded as a pioneering innovator in introducing international specialty vegetables and herbs for home gardeners and gourmet restaurants.  After receiving her PhD from UC Santa Cruz and teaching in the Environmental Studies department there, she founded Shepherd’s Garden Seed, which she ran until 1996.  In 1997 she founded her current company, Renee’s Garden, offering her selected choices of seeds from around the world of exciting new and time-tested heirloom gourmet vegetables, culinary herbs and a wide range of fragrant and cutting flowers. Renee’s Garden seed packets are available directly from and are offered through independent garden centers in the US and Canada. She lectures widely, and has served on the board of the National Garden Association and is currently president of the Home Garden Seed Association. Renee Shepherd’s keynote talk at the 2017 IMGC is made possible, in part, through the generosity of the Clackamas County Master Gardener Association.

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