2007 Vermont Flower Show

Seminar Descriptions and Speakers
"Take a Walk on the Wild Side"

Champlain Exposition Center, Essex Junction

March 9-11, 2007



Friday, March 9, 2007


 

 

 

 

9:30 AM

Bugs and Biocontrols—Tim Schmalz, VT Agency of AgricultureOur Vermont State Plant Pathologist will let us know what the main pests and diseases were last year, and what we might expect, with tips on ecologically-minded pest control.

9:30 AM

Plants That Die Well--Ann Milovsoroff, Shelburne-- The latest style of gardening coming from northern Europe re-interprets naturalism with emphasis on perennials and grasses that need less water and  maintenance, grow and bloom well, fade gracefully, and remain interesting through the winter.

11:00 AM

The Wild Flavors of Salad Greens Ellen Ecker Ogden, Manchester Village— Join this culinary author as she explores the many various salad greens to choose from, their flavors, tips on having a successful garden, and ideas for cooking.

11:00 AM

Success with Lilacs—Jeff Young, St. Albans—The curator of the Horticulture Research Center lilac collection will give valuable tips on recreating the natural habitat of lilacs for best results, and will showcase some important varieties.

2:00 PM

Alternatives to Invasives-- Mark Starrett, UVM-- Dr. Starrett will show and describe some of the most common invasive landscape plants, and alternative choices you should be planting instead.

2:00 PM

Healing with Herbs— Edna Gates Meyer, Edna’s Garden, Peru—This herbalist with years of experience will demonstrate how to identify and use herbs to make medicine and other healing products.

3:30 PM

Diagnosing your Plant's Problems-- Ann Hazelrigg, UVM-- The coordinator of the UVM Plant Diagnostic Lab, with year's of experience dealing with all kind of problems on all kinds of plants, will give you the steps to figuring out whether your sick plants have a disease, insect, or other problem.

3:30 PM

Trillium-- Stephanie Solt, Trilliums Unlimited, Burlington-- Learn all about this popular wildflower, the various species, and how to grow them successfully, from someone with many years researching and growing this native perennial.

 

Saturday, March 10, 2007

 

 

 

 

9:30 AM

Beetle Pests (and some good guys) of Landscape Plants —Phil Stack, Univ. of Maine, Orono—Learn how to identify and manage key beetle pests such as viburnum leaf beetle, lily leaf beetle, Japanese beetle and white pine weevil, with an emphasis on environmentally safe controls.

9:30 AM

The All Season Garden— Steve Burzon, Garden Arts Custom Landscapes, Danby--This seminar will teach you how to create a low-maintenance year round garden in Northern New England by borrowing design secrets from Asia and beyond.

11:00 AM

Naturalize your landscape with native plants—Dr. Lois Berg Stack, Univ. of Maine, Orono-- Vermont has a long list of great native plants, from flowers to trees and shrubs, that can add beauty to your landscape and help it blend into its surroundings.

11:00 AM

Rock Gardens--Liz Krieg,  Rising Sun Greenhouses, Bethel-- Blessed with a natural habitat of rocks in your landscape? Even if you do not have rocks - you can make a beautiful rock garden. In this colorful and informative presentation learn how to place rock, prepare soil, choose types of plants, install them, and how to care for your fabulous creation!

2:00 PM

Creating the Natural Garden— Judith Irven, Outdoor Spaces Landscape Designs, Goshen VT—Using a rich mix of photographs, this professional landscape designer will explore how you can create a natural garden inspired by the beauty of Vermont’s spectacular rural landscape.

2:00 PM

The Wet & Wild Side of Water Gardening-- Dave Hamlen, Hamlen’s Garden Center, Swanton—The sound of a waterfall, the romance of waterlilies, and the thrill of aquatic wildlife attracted to your pond are just some of the ways water gardens wet peoples appetites. Tap the knowledge of our speaker with 22 years of experience designing water gardens.

3:30 PM

Rain Gardens—Karen Bates, VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation—  This popular new type of garden is not something from the rain forest, but an adaptation of nature's way to soak up roof or driveway runoff and send it to groundwater instead of our stormwater ravaged streams. They are easy to make, with many plant choices.

3:30 PM

Propagating Native Plants—Sinclair Adam, Temple University, PhiladelphiaThis nursery propagator will discuss the issues involved with propagating these plants, describing which can be propagated easily and how.

 

Sunday, March 11, 2007

 

 

9:30 AM

Understanding Orchids— William Cullina, New England Wildflower Society, Framingham, MA-- Drawing from his award-winning book Understanding Orchids, Bill will explore the fascinating, challenging, and deeply rewarding world of orchids.  You will never see them the same way again. 

11:00 AM

Design a landscape for you and for wildlife-- Dr. Lois Berg Stack, Univ. of Maine, Orono--Learn how to select plants and design a landscape that works for you and for wildlife.

12:30 PM

50 Great Natives for the Northeast—William Cullina, New England Wildflower Society, Framingham, MA-- Think of this talk as a native plant buffet with something for everyone.  This author  and nursery propagator  will profile 50 or so of his favorite native wildflowers, ferns, trees, shrubs, and vines for gardens in the Northeast.

2:00 PM

The Philadelphia Flower ShowSinclair Adam, Temple University, Philadelphia—Having orchestrated displays in this show with his students, even winning a gold medal one year, Sinclair will show and describe this famous show, its history, and how it goes together.

 

 



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