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March Into Spring 2021 - A Virtual Event
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Category: Events

March Into Spring Symposium XXIV: Scents & Sensibilities for Gardeners

The 2021 March into Spring symposium will be a virtual event in webinar format; our goal is to keep everyone safe. Going virtual will not, however, compromise our commitment to providing you with an excellent program. We will miss the chance to make new friends and shop in person for enticing plants, but we are happy to say that shopping will be available at our Online Silent Auction.

The Online Auction will go live on the day of March into Spring and will continue until noon on March 31st. The auction is open to all HPS/MAG members and MIS Registrants.

The Bidding Site is now open for browsing. Click here for the details.

Book Sale

Click here to see the books we are selling online - 3 of them are authored by speakers for this years symposium.  

Our theme, “Scents & Sensibilities,” gives a wink to Jane Austen, an icon of 18th century literature, in that the symposium features three renowned contemporary authors and speakers. Expect a wide-ranging and informative day covering the latest news on plants, design, and science. You’ll be engaged and energized by intriguing new ideas from our speakers, and enticed by the items in our Silent Auction. There’s just no better place to be on March 20th as we ‘March into Spring’!

The day begins with Ken Druse and a focus on scent in our gardens, as we savor his exquisite garden photos and plant scans by Ellen Hoverkamp. He will be followed by Tom Christopher sharing the inspiration behind Wave Hill, a wonderful public garden on the Hudson. In the afternoon, Kim Eierman will appeal to our ecological sensibilities with planting ideas to nurture pollinators from early spring through late fall. Lunch "on your own" will be a 1-hour-and-15-minutes-long break, giving you time to grab a bite to eat and to peruse the Silent Auction online.

Members and Non-Members Welcome!

Registration is closed. Registration ended at midnight on Monday, March 15th.

Conference Fee

$40 Member, until 2/1/2021 (join online in MIS registration form)
$45 Nonmember, until 2/1/2021
$50 Member, after 2/1/2021
$55 Nonmember, after 2/1/2021

Schedule for the Day:

9:00 Welcome and Logistics
9:15 Ken Druse "The Scentual Garden: Exploring the World of Botanical Fragrance"
Coffee break
10:45 Thomas Christopher "Nature into Art: The Gardens of Wave Hill"
12:00 Lunch and Online Silent Auction Shopping
1:00 Kim Eierman "The Pollinator Victory Garden"
2:15 Farewell and Plans for 2022


Ken Druse is an award-winning writer and photographer who has authored 20 garden books. The New York Times called him “the guru of natural gardening”. There is a “Ken Druse Collection of Garden Photography” at the Smithsonian Institute. Three hundred episodes of his radio program and podcasts are available on his website. He is currently a monthly guest on Margaret Roach’s radio show and podcast, AWaytoGarden.com. Ken’s new book is The Scentual Garden: Exploring the World of Botanical Fragrance. He lives and gardens in the northwest corner of New Jersey. www.kendruse.com


Thomas Christopher is a graduate of the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture, and has been designing and maintaining gardens for over four decades. A former contributing editor to Martha Stewart Living magazine, he is the author of more than a dozen books about gardening, most recently Nature into Art: The Gardens of Wave Hill. He writes a weekly gardening column that appears in more than 25 publications. Tom gardens in central Connecticut and the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts.                   www.thomaschristophergardens


Kim Eierman is the founder of EcoBeneficial and is an environmental horticulturist specializing in ecological landscapes and native plants. Based in Westchester County, New York, Kim teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College, Rutgers Home Gardeners School, and several other institutions. Kim’s new  book is The Pollinator Victory Gardenwww.ecobeneficial.com 



Contact: Janet Caputo at [email protected]