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Alaska Botanical Garden 8th Annual Spring Garden Conference

Alaska Botanical Garden

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 6:30 PM - Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 5:30 PM (AKDT)

Alaska Botanical Garden 8th Annual Spring Garden...

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Annual Meeting Friday March 14th 6:30 pm / Non-Members (if not attending conference)
Non-members & not attending Saturday conference
Ended $15.00 $1.37
Annual Meeting Friday March 14th 6:30 pm / ABG Members & Conference Attendees
ABG members and Saturday conference attendees
Ended Free $0.00
Spring Conference Saturday March 15th 9:30 am / ABG Member Regular Registration
Lunch included.
Ended $120.00 $3.99
Spring Conference Saturday March 15th 9:30 am / Non-Member Regular Registration
Lunch included.
Ended $135.00 $4.37
Saturday Reception, Silent Auction & Networking
Hors d'oeuvre included. Beverages are available at cash bar.
Ended $25.00 $1.62
Donation / Sponsorship of Spring Garden Conference
Consider making a donation to the ABG Spring Garden Conference. Garden Conference Sponsorship level benefits available by calling Julianne or Colleen at ABG: 907-770-3692.

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The Alaska Botanical Garden's
8th Annual Spring Garden Conference

Digging Deeper: Flowers, Food & Foraging

Friday & Saturday, March 14th & 15th, 2014 at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel

Including our "Jeanine Lyerly Keynote Speaker"
internationally regonized gardening advocate
Roger Doiron of Kitchen Gardeners International 

Annual Meeting & Keynote Address

Friday, March 14th 6:30 - 8:30 pm (doors open at 5:30)

Roger Doiron: "My Subversive Garden Plot"

Spring Garden Conference

Saturday, March 15th 9:00 am - 5:30 pm (reception to follow)

Speakers & Topics include (subject to change): 

  • Brenda Adams / Explore All Your Options – Bark, Berries, Bulbs, Fragrance, Herbs & Vegetables
  • Robbie Frankovich / A Summer in Bloom
  • Dr. Marilyn Barker / Alaska's Orchids & the North American Orchid Conservation Project
  • Leslie Shallcross & Julie Riley / Powerhouse Veggies
  • Arthur RamirezMaximizing Nutritional yield from Your Organic Garden
  • Kathy Liska / Fruit Trees 101
  • Debbie Hinchey / Landscaping with Edibles
  • Bill Campbell / Potatoes
  • Dave Ianson / Rhubarb
  • Dr. Gary Ferguson / Store Outside your Door: Hunt, Fish, GATHER, GROW!
  • Carol Ross / Homesteading, Preserving, & Sourdough
  • Ellen Vande Visse / Composting: Perfect Your Pile!
  • Verna Pratt / The Best Native Plants for Home Gardeners and Landscapers
  • Stefanie Flynn40 years of Bake Shop Flowers: from tubers to splendor
  • Ayse Gilbert / Alaskan Agricultural Enthusiasm and Anchorage's Centennial
  • Laurie Constantino / Foraging and Cooking Wild Edible Plants and Mushrooms
  • Carmel Tysver / Tufa & Hypertufa

  More topics and a complete schedule coming soon!

"Jeanine Lyerly Keynote Address":

Roger Doiron: "Gardening Our Way Back to the Future"

Reception & Silent Auction 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Hors d'oeuvres, silent auction and networking. Talk with Roger Doiron and connect with other speakers and local experts from the conference!

The Alaska Botanical Garden is pleased to feature community gardening and local food advocate, Roger Doiron as the keynote speaker for our 8th Annual Spring Garden Conference on  March 14th and 15th, 2014.

Roger Doiron

Roger Doiron is founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International (KGI), a Maine-based nonprofit network of over 25,000 individuals from 100 countries who are taking a (dirty) hands-on approach to relocalizing the food supply. In 2007, he was chosen as a Food and Community Fellow.

Doiron is a free-lance writer and public speaker specializing in gardening and sustainable food systems. His articles on food, agriculture and gardening have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Organic Gardening magazine, Mother Earth News, and Saveur. His work and ideas have been featured in the Chicago TribuneInternational Herald TribuneNew York Times and the Washington Post. His successful proposal and petition campaign to replant a kitchen garden at the White House gathered over 100,000 signatures and international media coverage and was voted the grand prize winner of the "On Day One" contestsponsored by the United Nations Foundation. Doiron’s work on the White House campaign also earned him the "Heart of Green" award , the Garden Crusader Award, recognition as one of the country’s top five “Green Game Changers" by the readers and editors of the Huffington Post and one of the "10 Most Inspiring People in Sustainable Food" by the editors of Fast Company magazine.

Although grounded in his own local food system, Doiron remains interested in and connected to international food issues. Doiron first became involved in food issues in Europe as head of Friends of the Earth’s European office in Brussels during the 1990s at the height of the Europe’s mad cow furor. He was also part of the American NGO delegation to the last UN World Food Summit. Doiron is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Holy Cross College and holds a Master of International Relations degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

He enjoys cooking, gardening and eating with his three Belgo-American boys Francois, Maxim, and Sebastian and his wife Jacqueline.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Roger Doiron to our far north corner of the planet!

Have questions about Alaska Botanical Garden 8th Annual Spring Garden Conference? Contact Alaska Botanical Garden

When & Where

Hilton Anchorage
500 West 3rd Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 6:30 PM - Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 5:30 PM (AKDT)

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Alaska Botanical Garden

The Alaska Botanical Garden is a public garden dedicated enhancing the beauty and value of plant material through education, preservation, recreation, and research


The Garden is located in Anchorage, Alaska, just South of Tudor Road at 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road, adjacent to Far North Bicentennial Park. Bordering the Garden to the East is the north fork of Campbell Creek. Chugach State Park is nearby. 

About the Garden

The Garden is comprised of 110 acres of Boreal Forest, with nature trails connecting the Gardens and points of interest.

With over 1,100 species of hardy perennials, and 150 native plant species, the Alaska Botanical Garden is a great place to experience the abundance of the summer sub-arctic growing season and to learn about flora native to Southcentral Alaska.

From May through September you will find flowering plants and shrubs in two perennial gardens, a formal herb garden, an alpine rock garden, and a wildflower walk. A new "East" Garden hosts a Gold Medal Peony collection.

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