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Fourth Annual Atlanta BeltLine Organic Land Care Symposium

Learn the latest in sustainable practices in special event on August 25, 2014

Atlanta – For the fourth year in a row, Atlanta’s premiere organic land care educational event returns to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is hosting the fourth annual Organic Land Care Symposium on Monday, August 25, 2014 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. From backyard maintenance to the management of public spaces, attendees will learn about a variety of techniques and best practices to create a cost-effective and sustainable landscape. Throughout the day, local and national experts will describe the benefits of an organic approach to managing open spaces. This Symposium is open to the public and everyone from beginner gardeners to landscape professionals are encouraged to attend. The cost is $65 for early registration through August 10 and $75 starting August 11. Student tickets are $25. More information about the Organic Land Care Symposium is available on the Atlanta BeltLine’s website. Tickets can be purchased online and walk-ins on the day of the event are welcome.

“As we implement organic land care principles along the Atlanta BeltLine, we want to be able to share and collaborate on best practices with Atlanta’s landscape community,” said Kevin Burke, Senior Landscape Architect for ABI. “The Symposium is one way for all of us to stay engaged with the latest cutting-edge techniques in landscape architecture.”

Topics of discussion for the Symposium include:

  • From Grassroots to Mainstream: A look at the evolution of Compost Tea into Liquid Biological Amendment
  • Organic Land Care: The Drivers, Solutions, & Realities
  • Organic Soil Amendments and Fertilizers; Product Development, Applicability, and Regulatory Compliance
  • Connecting the Pieces of the Green Puzzle of Dynamic Living Landscapes
  • Compost Tea: Site Specific & Goal Oriented
  • Water Extremes and Design Alchemy
  • Native Grasses and Forbs for Urban Landscapes

The keynote speaker for this year’s annual event is Paul Wagner, President of NY Soil Food Web. Mr. Wagner’s presentation, “Understanding Soil Biology in the Plant World,” will cover the basics of soil biology, how the microbes interact with plants and the roles soil organisms play in keeping plants healthy.

Included in admission are a continental breakfast, two snacks and lunch for attendees. This event will be followed by a social gathering at the end of the day.

“Kevin Burke’s vision and initiative for bringing sustainable land care practices to Atlanta have made this a dynamic, must-attend educational event,” said Paul Morris, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “This year, as in the past, we are honored to have the support of great partners. We are grateful for their leadership, hard work and support in this area of innovation.”

This event is made possible with the generous support of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

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