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Allan Armitage, fall gardening symposium and Longhouse Reserve

Allan Armitage will be the keynote speaker at

Allan Armitage will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Fall Gardening Symposium in East Hampton. (Credit: Handout)

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County and The Plantage are presenting a Fall Gardening Symposium on Saturday, Sept. 21 in East Hampton, and the best part is that the widely respected, world reknowned Allan Armitage will be the keynote speaker.

Armitage is a horticulturist, author, researcher and professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, where he also oversees the research and trial gardens, which are considered to be among the finest in the country.  With a reputation as a very engaging speaker, Armitage finds that his classes at UG fill quickly. But you can snag a seat in his audience and listen to him speak on two separate topics: "Herbaceous Perennials and Annuals for Sustainable Gardens in the Northeast (and particularly on Long Island)" and "Garden Legends."

Other speakers at the day-long event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will include June Croon ("About the Plantage: From the Beginning and its Impact), Chris Kelly ("Pollinator's Garden") and Margery Daughtrey ("Outwitting the Diseases of Herbaceous Perennials and Annuals" ). Afterward, attendees will board a bus and head for a tour of Longhouse Reserve.

Advance registration is $65 ($85 after Aug. 30), and includes a morning coffee break, lunch and handouts. Call Caroline T. Kiang at 631-727-7850 ext 337 (or email ctk3@cornell.edu).

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