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MASTER GARDENER CONFERENCE NEWSLETTER, FEBRUARY 2017
(My apologies for the late distribution of this email. I failed to get it sent in February.)
Space is still available for the 2017 Conference. Register today!
THE SUSTAINABLE FEAST- A CAPITOL IDEA!
Headquarters of Heifer International
As a benefit of registering for the conference, you will be able to attend this fabulous event.
The capitol city of Little Rock is home to the Headquarters of Heifer International. All registered attendees may attend this event Monday, May 22nd at 5:00 for a Sustainable Feast and be introduced to Heifer's mission- to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth. Following cocktail hour, a dinner of local foods will be served in a beautiful outdoor Pavilion with views of the Community Gardens and the neighboring Clinton Center. Tableware and waste will be composted for local gardens, and a selection of tours of Heifer International facilities and grounds will allow participants an opportunity to learn more about their global mission and award winning building while enjoying native gardens and Wetlands.
Four tours will be offered throughout the evening:
Tour 1 - Heifer Village- Condsider the possibility of a world free of hunger and Poverty! After discovering root causes and real solutions, visitors learn about actions they can take in their own communities, resources they can utilize to learn more about specific topics, and groups they can join that are already engaged.
Tour 2 - Heifer Headquarters Office Building - This building not only complements then native landscaping,but is environmentally sensitive. The headquarters building uses 52% less energy than a conventional office building of similar size and use, and achieved the highest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) "greenbuilding"rating possible in 2007.Your tour will explain the materials selection,use of sunlight, and water management that made this rating possible.
Tour 3 - Wetland Restoration and Native Landscaping - Wetlands surrounding the Heifer grounds support native species, and their preservation and integration with native plants have won multiple landscaping awards, including a "Best of the Best" Landscape Award from the Little Rock City Beautiful Commission in 2013.
Tour 4 - Heifer Community Gardens - Heifer is also home to a community garden, beehives and butterfly garden. Master Gardeners from Heifer's Educational garden will be available to discuss growing the staples of garden produce for sustaining lives in a hungry world.
Buses will run a continuous shuttle between Heifer International and the DoubleTree Hotel from 4:45 P.M. until 8:30 P.M. The last bus leaves FROM DoubleTree at 6:30 P.M. and the last bus departing Heifer for hotel return will be at 8:45 P.M. Afternoon tours may be dropped off at Heifer International, and seminars will depart at the close of their sessions. There is plenty of free parking should you choose to take your personal vehicle, and the walking distance in clement weather is 1.2 miles.
Heifer International's mission, technology and community partnerships are indeed Capitol Ideas!
AGENDA AT A GLANCE
Saturday Morning, May 20- DoubleTree Hotel
OPTIONAL PRE-CONFERENCE TOURS (Pre-tour details in January Newsletter)
Sunday Afternoon, May 21- DoubleTree Hotel
ART & GARDEN FAIR
MINI-SEMINARS, WALKING TOURS, ORAL HISTORY OUTREACH
(Sunday Event details in March Newsletter)
Sunday Evening, May 21 - Old State House
5:00 - 6:30 P.M. - OPENING AWARDS RECEPTION
Sunday Evening, May 21 - Robinson Center
6:30 - 8:30 P.M. -- DINNER AND OPENING SPEAKER
Monday Morning, May 22 - DoubleTree Hotel
7:00 A.M. - REGISTRATION OPEN
7:45 TOURS -½ and whole day - tickets required (Tour details in October Newsletter)
8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. - ART & GARDEN FAIR (OPEN TO PUBLIC 9:00 - 3:00) (Details in April Newsletter)
8:15 A.M. - 11:45 A.M. PRESENTATIONS
Monday Lunch, May 22 - Robinson Center
11:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - ticket required
Monday Afternoon, May 22 - DoubleTree Hotel
1:00 PM TOURS- ½ DAY- TICKETS REQUIRED -$12 FEE FOR EACH ADDITIONAL
1:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. PRESENTATIONS
(Speaker details in November Newsletter)
Monday Evening, May 22 - Heifer International
5:00 - 8:30 p.m. A SUSTAINABLE FEAST
Tuesday Morning, May 23 - DoubleTree Hotel
8:30 a.m. - ANNOUNCEMENTS
KEYNOTE AND CLOSING SPEAKERS
2018 STATE MASTER GARDENER CONFERENCE DETAILS
R- Robinson Center; D- DoubleTree Hotel; S- Old Statehouse;
M- Little Rock Marriott Hotel; W- Wyndham Riverfront
Remember to mention that you are with the 2017 Master Gardener Conference!
424 West Markham St.
Little Rock, AR
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Little Rock Marriott Hotel
3 State House Plaza
Little Rock, AR
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Wyndham Riverfront Hotel
2 Riverfront Plaza
North Little Rock, AR
Complimentary shuttle to the DoubleTree provided
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