1998 Vermont Flower Show

Speakers and Descriptions

Sheraton, Burlington (I89, exit 14W)

March 13-15, 1998

Friday, March 13


Managing Weeds in Lawns-- Sid Bosworth, University of Vermont, Burlington-- Learn some of the common weeds you may encounter in lawns, and how to control or manage them, from Dr. Bosworth who teaches this at UVM. 

Starting Seeds Indoors --Norman Pellett, University of Vermont, Burlington -- Learn some tips from this former UVM professor with a lifetime of experience propagating plants. 

Small Fruits for Home Gardens-- Bertie Boyce, University of Vermont, Burlington-- With many years teaching and researching these plants at UVM, Dr. Boyce will cover varieties, basic culture and key pests of small fruits you can grow at home. 

Controlling Insects on Home and Garden Plants-- Colleen Armstrong, University of Vermont, Burlington--The UVM greenhouse manager is well qualified to give you some practical tips, including organic and biological control options. 

Bonsai Basics-- Sandy Anderson, Millbrook Bonsai, Jericho-- One of our local experts on the subject, Sandy is back this year with slides and visuals to illustrate the basics. 

Growing Orchids Indoors-- Mark Starrett, University of Vermont, Burlington-- Dr. Starrett will share his years of experience growing orchids indoors including types to grow with success and their culture.

Growing Hop Vines-- Matt Wood, University of Vermont, Burlington-- Whether interested in growing hops for beer making or as a perennial ornamental vine, you'll learn much from the UVM trials including varieties, culture and pests. 

Friday, March 13

Emerald III

The Modern Landscape-- Charles Siegchrist, Barber Farm Landscape Design, Jericho-- One of this year's flower show designers will describe and illustrate what is meant by this popular garden trend, and how you can incorporate this in Vermont. 

Using Color in the Flower Garden-- Leonard Perry, University of Vermont, Burlington-- Through the use of many slides, some as seen on Across the Fence, Dr. Perry will illustrate many ways you can use color in designing a flower garden.

Cooking with Herbs-- Polly Haynes, Meadowsweet Herb Farm, Shrewsbury-- Appearing in major U.S. flower shows, Polly is back with us to illustrate herbs useful in cooking and how to use them. 

Identifying Vermont Wildflowers-- Arthur Gilman, Marshfield-- Learn and view slides of many Vermont wildflowers from this experienced naturalist, back by popular demand. 

Asiatic Perennials for Vermont Gardens-- Phil Cook, Poker Hill Gardens, Underhill-- Quite popular last year, Dr. Cook is back to share more of his expertise growing Siberian iris, and Asiatic and woodland perennials. 

Annual Flowers are Exciting-- Kelly Sweeney, Basin Harbor Resort, Vergennes-- In charge of the beautiful flower beds at this resort, Kelly will share her passion for annuals and illustrate some new varieties and design ideas. 

Butterfly Gardening-- Lois Stack, University of Maine, Orono --Join this Extension Specialist from Maine for the latest on this popular gardening trend.  

Saturday, March 14


Veggies for Dummies --Charlie Nardozzi, National Gardening Association, Burlington --popular on both radio and TV, the horticulture editor for National Gardening will preview their upcoming book. 

Gardening on the Internet --Dan Hickey, National Gardening Association, Burlington --as electronic media director for the National Gardening Association, Dan will show how easy it can be to find so much on the internet on gardening. 

Weather for Gardeners-- Mark Breen, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury-- One of the radio voices of the popular "Eye on the Sky", this trained meteorologist will explain how knowing your weather and local climate can improve your gardening. 

Growing Herbs for Many Uses-- Carolyn Fuhrer, Tinmouth Channel Farm, Tinmouth-- This Vermont herb grower is back once again, this year to introduce use to many types of herbs that might be used in various ways. 

Backyard Wildlife Habitat-- Steve Parren, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Waterbury-- Steve will describe the easy steps towards providing food and shelter for desirable wildlife. 

Compost for Better Flowers-- Judith Hall, Stratton Meadow Greenhouse, Rutland-- Dr. Hall shares her many years of knowledge on why compost is so important, how to make it successfully, and how to use it. 

Apples in Vermont-- Elena Garcia, University of Vermont, Burlington --As UVM Extension's Apple Specialist, Dr. Garcia will cover the cultural basics, varieties and potential pests to watch for and control. 

Saturday, March 14

Emerald III

Gardening on Both Sides of the Pond-- David Smith, White Flower Farm, Litchfield, CT--as former horticulturist there, our keynote speaker brings a lifetime of experiences and stories from both sides of the Atlantic. 

How to Care for Storm Damaged Trees-- Steve Sinclair and panel, Dept. of Forests, Parks, and Recreation-- Four experts will describe the effects of the January 1998 ice storm on trees, how to assess tree damage, proper pruning techniques, caring for storm-damaged trees, and tree replacement ideas. 

Create a Cut Flower Garden-- Liz Bier Krieg, Rising Sun Floral, Randolph. Popular at previous shows, Liz is back to share her professional expertise. 

The Making of A Garden --Judith Irven, Outdoor Spaces, Goshen -- This illustrated talk describes the creation of a Vermont garden, from design and installation to enjoyment in a single season. 

What You Should Know About Growing Roses-- James Shearer, Jackson and Perkins Roses, Oregon-- After 43 years research and production experience with this well-known company, we are fortunate to have this rosarian cover information of interest to the beginners as well as the experienced rose grower. 

Sunday, March 15


Gardens of Ireland-- Lois Stack, University of Maine, Orono --Get ready for St. Patrick's Day with Dr. Stack's slides of Irish gardens and landscapes.

Hydrangeas-- John Padua, Cobble Creek Nursery, Monkton-- Come learn the culture, many new varieties and uses for this increasingly popular landscape plant from this knowledgeable Vermont nurseryman.

Passport to Gardening-- Kathy LaLiberté Gardener's Supply, Burlington and Ben Watson-- Join the authors of the new book by this name, opening your eyes to some of today's most interesting and useful information sources on gardening. A book signing will follow. 

Radical Ideas from the Vegetable Garden-- Cheryl Dorschner, Burlington Free Press, Burlington -- Exciting varieties of those "Other Annuals" can add surprise to even the perennial bed." 

Water Gardening is not just for Fishes-- Dave Hamlen, Hamlen's Garden Center, Swanton -- Popular each year, Dave illustrates the basics with examples of using water in your landscape. 

Insects in and around the Home and Garden-- Jon Turmel, VT Dept. of Agriculture, Montpelier-- Popular each year, this entomologist and exciting speaker covers the good and the bad bugs you'll commonly find.

Sunday, March 15

Emerald III

Wedding Flowers--What Are My Choices?-- Kathleen Spear A.I.F.D., Kathy and Company Flowers, Colchester-- Kathleen will lead this workshop with Linda Leo, All Occasions Flower Shop in Williston and Patty Esden, Esden Florist in Fairfax. 

Landscaping with Style-- Charlie Proutt, ASLA, Distinctive Landscaping, Charlotte-- Learn how to apply universal design principles to your own favorite style, from a Landscape Design Professional.

Roses for Vermont-- James Shearer, Jackson and Perkins Roses, Oregon-- This second presentation by one of our featured speakers will cover and illustrate many varieties suitable for Vermont, and how to overwinter them. 

How to Care for Storm Damaged Trees-- Steve Sinclair and panel, Dept. of Forests, Parks, and Recreation-- Four experts will describe the effects of the January 1998 ice storm on trees, how to assess tree damage, proper pruning techniques, caring for storm-damaged trees, and tree replacement ideas (repeat of Saturday). 


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