Finally, she says, "I showed it to Allan Armitage, a very famous horticulturist, and he studied it. Its botanical name is Nephrolepis exaltata. When I saw 250,000 ferns with my name on them at AG 3 [a plant cloning lab] in Apopka, Fla., I cried like a baby," she said.
Joseph Tychonievich, of Arrowhead Alpine Plant Nursery in Fowlerville, Mich., will speak on "Plant Breeding for the Home Garden" and "Designed by Nature." He has bred two types of Glass Gem popping corn that he will discuss.
"Plant breeding is really fun and easy to do at home. I've bred several plants, including tomatoes. That's how I ended up as a repeat guest on public radio's food show, 'The Splendid Table.' It has been a real passion of mine for most of my life," he said.
If it sounds like a lot of work, Tychonievich begs to differ, adding, "To me, gardening is about having fun. I advise gardeners to enjoy it, try new things, start small, and don't bite off more than you can chew."
Other speakers include:
Registration is requested by Jan. 22; call association Executive Director Julie Robinson at 304-553-1234 or email wvnlas...@gmail.com. Find additional information on the event at www.wvnla.org/pages/aa-pastsymposiums.html.
Reach Judy E. Hamilton at judy.hamil...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.