Friday, July 26, 2013

Missouri MASTER GARDENER CONFERENCE Invites FDH Member Shirah Aumann As A Presenter

Submitted by: Shirah Miriam Aumann

Missouri Master Gardener State Conference, September 20-22, 2013
Nathanael Greene|Close Memorial Park
2400 S Scenic Ave
Springfield, MO 65807

A symbiotic relationship exists between the world of the Master Gardener (MG) and the world of a papermaker with plant fibers. The Master Gardener’s focus is all about plants, as is a papermaker who uses plants for the raw materials from which papers are created.  FDH member Shirah Miriam Aumann, has been invited to be a presenter for one of the Advanced Training sessions at the Missouri Master Gardener State Conference, this September 20-22, in Springfield, Missouri, at the new Botanical Center and established themed gardens.  Even though this is a Missouri state conference, other MG chapters from many other states have also registered. (!biographies/cmmy

MG Demo Garden, one of over 35 gardens in the 114-acre gardens - a combination of the Springfield Botanical Gardens at  Nathanael Greene|Close Memorial Park, that surround the new Botanical Centre. (Aerial photo by Rockafellow Photography)

The session will be in 3 parts:  an orientation to the history and description of paper; a field-trip to the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden within the gardens, where Shirah will explain the various plants suitable for papermaking and the parts of the plant and season of harvest for paper; a limited hands-on experience, utilizing fibers previously harvested from the MG Demo Gardens.
"I consider it a real opportunity to introduce a subject not usually found in typical MG training and hope to promote papermaking in such a way that might stir in them a desire to use their plants in this new and exciting way in future..." 
Shirah Miriam "Mimi" Aumann 

If you are going to be in the geographical area during the time of the conference, please plan to attend to show support for Shirah, and also to lend a hand, perhaps, in helping to spread the word about the art of hand papermaking.


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