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Mass Hort hosting school garden conference

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The Massachusetts Horticultural Society has announced that Jess Bloomer, deputy director at Groundwork Somerville, will be this year's keynote speaker at their fourth annual school garden conference.

Bloomer will kick off the day featuring break-out sessions that will cover topics such as garden planning and maintenance, garden classroom management, curriculum connections, and using the food you grow. This year's theme, “Growing for Confidence,” is designed to highlight the ways in which garden work can develop confidence, life skills and leadership qualities. There will be workshops for elementary school gardens, as well as older levels.

Workshops will support interested parents and volunteers, teachers and administrators — those who have established gardens and those just breaking ground. The conference will take place at The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, on February 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration is $40 for Mass Hort members, $60 for general admission, $20 for students. For more information and to register, visit

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