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Certified arborist to speak at gardening seminar on March 23

Certified arborist to speak at gardening seminar on March 23

Joe Murray, certified arborist and trainer for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, will speak at the 26th annual Gardening in the Northern Neck (GNN) seminar.

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Certified arborist to speak at gardening seminar on March 23
Joe Murray

LANCASTER—Joe Murray, certified arborist and trainer for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, will speak at the 26th annual Gardening in the Northern Neck (GNN) seminar. Hosted by the Northern Neck Master Gardeners (NNMG) and Virginia Cooperative Extension, the seminar will be presented March 23 at the White Stone Church of the Nazarene, 57 Whisk Drive, White Stone.

The seminar theme is “The Resilient Garden: Planning and Planting for Changing Conditions,” reported NNMG president Henry Riely. Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. The seminar will start at 8:45 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m.

Murray’s topic will be “Zen and the Art of Composting.” This will be his second appearance at GNN. In 2013, he presented “How we hurt the trees we love.”

“Just as there is an impulse in nature to build complex structures from simple compounds, there exists a corresponding impulse to disassemble those complex structures back into their original simple compounds,” said Murray. “Often, gardeners focus solely on the germination, growth and harvest of plants and pay scant attention to the remainder of the greater cycle at play in their gardens. Actively becoming involved in composting provides a sense of balance to the garden and gardener as well.”

Murray has a master’s in plant pathology from Virginia Tech, a master’s in teaching from the University of Richmond and a bachelor’s in biology from Radford University. He is a certified arborist, certified utility arborist and a Tree Risk Assessment Qualification instructor.

“In addition to Murray, our other speakers are Jenny Rose Carey, senior director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm and Joe Lamp’l, host of the award-winning PBS series Growing a Greener World®,” said Riely.

The registration fee is $35. Lunch is available for an additional cost of $10. Registration forms will be available at www.nnmg.org, or call the Virginia Cooperative Extension Northumberland County Office, 580-5694.