To help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve will hold its first ever Fine Gardening Symposium Oct. 19-20.

The event will begin Friday, Oct. 19, with a Social in the Garden, welcome and introduction by Dr. Quinn Long, followed by keynote address from Scott Woodbury on “25 Years of Native Landscaping in The Whitmire Wildflower Garden.” Hours will be 4:30 to 7 p.m.

A presentation on the history of gardening with native plants in the St. Louis region and beyond will be held Saturday, Oct. 20. There also will be tours and discussion in the garden with the experts: Scott Woodbury, Jen Sieradzki, Terri Brandt, James Faupel, Angie Weber, Victoria Hatfield, Cody Heyo, Carrie Coyne, Mervin Wallace, Susie Van de Reit, Cassie Bock Holcomb, Neal Hansum, Mitch Leachman, Simon Barker, and Chris Hartley.

Saturday’s hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Subjects will include:

Planting design: Assessing the site for soil moisture and light, perennial plant combinations; traditional versus naturalistic garden design; and hardscaping (paths, planters and walls).

Garden types: Shade gardening; rain gardens; water gardens; and container gardens.

Right plant selection: native plants for pollinators; native plants for birds; native annuals and biennials; native groundcovers; native edibles; native vines; and native small-flowering trees, shrubs and vines.

Installation/maintenance: best installation methods; weeding, watering mulching; and keeping design legible.