Friday, March 2, 2012

10th Annual Thaw ‘n Awe Horticulture Symposium, March 17th

10th Annual Thaw ‘n Awe Horticulture Symposium
University Place
Samuel H. Bennion Student Union Buliding
1784 Science Center Dr.
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Saturday March 17, 2012
9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
with registration and check-in beginning at 8:00 a.m.
The Symposium Program
8:00 Registration, Check-in. Coffee, Tea, and Juice available.

9:00 Welcome

Pollination is more important to growing quality vegetables than most of us realize, and honey bees are one of the best pollinators we have. Starting a beekeeping enterprise can seem daunting because it is a specialized operation. Reed will teach you how to get a colony of bees going in the spring, how to manage them in the summer, and most important how to harvest the honey.--Reed Findlay

10:10 Break

Trees are the most expensive and lasting elements in our home landscapes. Tree choice has lasting impacts on our lives, making it important to do it right the first time. Dr. Love will provide practical information designed to guide tree planting choices. Much of the presentation will be based on the concept of choosing the right plant for the right spot. After sharing ideas on matching planting objectives to species habit, he will detail the most important characteristics to be considered when selecting a tree. He will talk about climate and soil issues common to SE Idaho and discuss how these factors influence tree health, beauty, and maintenance needs. Common and uncommon tree species will be described including the finer points of advantages and potential problems. The audience will come away from this presentation better equipped to make educated and logical choices with respect to tree selection.--Dr. Steve Love

11:20 Break

Ever wonder about the practical use of native plants. Historically Native Americans, Pioneers and Mountain Men found various uses for the native plants in our area whether they were medicinal, edible or utilitarian. Bill will come in period dress equipped with visuals of seeds, roots and plant parts as well as actual dried plants. --Bill Varga

12:30 Lunch provided by Chartwell’s Catering

Gardening can be challenging and rewarding in the climate of southeastern Idaho, but a few tips on understanding the basics of choosing and growing vegetable varieties for our area will improve your chances of success.  Knowing your garden site, easy ways to improve your soil, planting methods, proper irrigation, weed and pest control are not overwhelming serious mysteries,  but some things to consider - while you indulge in the pleasure of those seed catalogs and all-important planning this time of year!--Sue Miller

2:30 Break

2:40 PRUNING**
Pruning is the most important maintenance activity performed on your trees.  Improper pruning can lead to lifelong defects in the trees structure. Proper pruning in the first fifteen years of a trees life will lead to a sound structure, a safer, stronger canopy and reduce pruning requirements when the tree reaches maturity. --Gerry Bates
3:40 Closing Remarks--Wayne Jones

Our Speakers
Reed Findlay graduated with his masters at Brigham Young University in 2003, and began his career as an Extension Educator in Forsyth, Montana. After that he worked as the director of the Snake River Water Quality Demonstration Project in Burley, Idaho. He he is currently working as the Crops Agent in Power County.

Dr. Stephen Love is a University of Idaho statewide Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist working at the Aberdeen Research and Extension Center. Dr. Love specializes on vegetable gardening and landscape maintenance. He has a special interest in water conservation and landscaping with native plants. When not providing education on topics related to home horticulture, he conducts research to develop native plants for use in Intermountain landscapes. Dr. Love is co-leader of the UI Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Team and is Webmaster of the Idaho Landscapes and Gardens web site (

Susanne Miller was born into a Midwestern gardening and farming family and was transplanted to garden  in southeastern Idaho for the past 40 years.  She is a Certified Arborist, a City Shade Tree Committee and Master Gardener alumna, and has been involved in the Idaho Falls Community Garden Program for several years.  Her interests in biology, horticulture, and 'playing in the dirt' are a natural fit with her degrees and profession in paleontology and archaeology.

Gerry Bates has worked as Community Forestry Assistant in Southeastern Idaho since 1998. Before beginning work with the Idaho Department of Lands, he owned and operated his own nursery and landscaping business with his wife. He is a past president of the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association, an INLA Certified Nurseryman, a Certified Plant Diagnostician, and a Master Gardener. Additionally, he is a Certified Arborist/Municipal Specialist by the International Society of Arboriculture, a certified Tree Risk Assessor and serves as a Regional Education Coordinator (REC) for the same organization.

Bill Varga is the Executive Director of the American West Heritage Center in Wellsville UT. He’s the retired Executive Director of the Utah Botanical Center in Kaysville UT, as well as an emeritus member of the UT Nursery & Landscape Assoc. Bill is a well known Ethnobotanist who has searched the mountains and nurseries for unusual plants and he then uses his passion as a mountain man to share that knowledge.
To Register….
Seating for this event is limited, so register now to ensure a spot. The pre-registration deadline is Friday, March 9th. Fee includes beverage service in the morning and lunch on the premises.
Enclose a check made payable to the University of Idaho Bursar, for pre-registration, in the amount of $35.00 per person attending . (Registration at the door will be $40.00)

Name (please print and include all attendees)

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Where did you obtain the symposium brochure, or how did you hear about the symposium?

Please return this form with payment to:
Bonneville County Extension Office
2925 Rollandet
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Registration questions:
Contact Bonneville County Extension Office at 208-529-1390 or email

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