1999 Vermont Flower Show

Seminar Descriptions and Speakers

Sheraton, Burlington (I89, exit 14W)

March 5-7, 1999

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Friday, March 5, 1999

 

Amphitheater – 1st Floor

 

Emerald III – 2nd Floor

10 AM Pathways—Charles Siegchrist, Barber Farm Landscape Design, Jericho--Follow the Yellow Brick Road and other paths to learn about structure, design and integration of garden paths & walkways using natural and commercial products. 10 AM The Chelsea Flower Show and English Gardens--Leonard Perry, University of Vermont, Burlington--Dr. Perry will share his most recent slides of garden designs and noteworthy gardens of Southwest England.
11 AM Growing Healthy Lawns Ecologically--Paul Sachs, North Country Organics, Bradford--Learn what you can do to have a beautiful lawn grown with concern for the environment and with attention to conservation. 11 AM Success with Roses in Cold Climates--Jennifer Brennan, Chalet Gardens, Chicago, IL—Everyone loves roses and this is a great opportunity to discover an expert’s methods for growing healthy roses successfully.
NOON Growing in a Home Greenhouse & Sunroom--Jessica Demeritt, Gardener’s Supply Co., Burlington--Jessica shares her expertise from first hand experience as manager of the new greenhouse at Gardener’s Supply. NOON Herbal Theme Gardens--Polly Haynes, Meadowsweet Herb Farm, Shrewsbury—Polly will help us plan and create herbal culinary gardens, tea gardens and fragrant gardens as well as medicinal gardens to enhance our daily life.
1 PM Controlling Insects with Insects--Colleen Armstrong, University of VermontThis is a wonderful opportunity to find out how to use the insect world to best advantage in controlling some common garden pests. 1 PM Alpine & Rock Garden Plants--Phil Cook, Poker Hill Gardens, Underhill--Since Vermont is such a mountainous state it’s only reasonable to garden with these versatile and charming natural plants. Learn how with Dr. Cook.
2 PM Edible Native & Naturalized Plants--Nicole Gorman, University of VermontThere are many delicious wild plants to enjoy in our salads and in other ways. Here is an opportunity to learn what to look for and which to avoid. 2 PM Perennials for Cold Climates--Marcy Blauvelt, Gregg Hill Gardens, WaterburyThe gardens at Gregg Hill are a testament to the hardy perennials we can cultivate in our cold and snowy climate. Marcy shares her adventures.
3 PM Invasive Exotic Plants of Aquatic & Wetland Habitats--Holly Crosson, VT Dept. of Environmental ConservationLearn which plants to avoid when naturalizing wetland surroundings or landscaping a pond. 3 PM Five Tips for Growing Cut Flowers Successfully--Dr. Judith Hall, Stratton Meadow Greenhouse, Rutland--Dr. Hall shares her years of experience successfully growing cut flowers in the north country.
4 PM The Master Gardener Program—Robin Osiecki, University of Vermont—Find out how to become certified as a Master Gardener by completing a course by UVM faculty members. This prestigious designation is recognized nationwide. 4 PM Poisonous Plants--Sid Bosworth, University of Vermont—There are plants we should avoid which can cause illness or skin irritation. Dr. Bosworth will show us how to identify these and become acquainted with their properties.

  

Saturday, March 6, 1999

 

Amphitheater – 1st Floor

 

Emerald III – 2nd Floor

10 AM Heaths and Heathers--Hank Van Dine, Acorn Ridge Nursery, Grand Isle--Learn from the grower how these charming and interesting plants can create a mosaic of color all year round, and require little care when established. 10 AM Tropical Plants for Northern Gardens--Jennifer Brennan & Leonard Perry-- Our special guest and Dr. Perry will show us slides of some tropical plants, and give us techniques for adapting this popular trend to Vermont gardens.
11 AM Gardening with Wildlife--Steve Parren, VT Dept of Fish & Wildlife—If working with wildlife to enhance your garden is your goal, this talk is your opportunity to learn which creatures to encourage and which ones to avoid. 11 AM Garden Trends--Ann Whitman, Garden Writer, Waterbury—Ann will cover how current trends can be translated into garden design and plantings using specific plants and products that fit various themes.
NOON Natural Communities & the Vermont Landscape--Eric Sorenson, VT Nongame & Natural Heritage Program--This slide show & discussion will reveal some of the clues about the unseen characteristics of Vermont's diverse landscape. NOON Annuals that say "WOW"--Kelly Sweeney, Basin Harbor Club, VergennesThe incredible annual borders that Kelly creates each year are something to strive for. She will let us in on some unusual varieties she uses.
1 PM Keeping Your Houseplants Alive--Mark Starrett, University of VermontPlants we grow inside need to adapt to dry heated homes in winter and acclimate to moist summer conditions. Dr. Starrett tells us how we can help them adjust. 1 PM The Splendor of Landscaping--Charlie Proutt, Distinctive Landscaping, Charlotte—To appreciate our environs, we have to know what it takes to work with nature to design comfortable surroundings. This talk will help.
2 PM Conserving Vermont’s Rare Plants--Bob Popp, VT Dept of Fish & Wildlife--We all have a responsibility to insure that future generations can enjoy our wonderful gifts of nature. Learn what you can do both directly and indirectly. 2 PM Bulbs for Summer Blooms --Jennifer Brennan. Chalet Gardens, Chicago, IL—There are more to bulbs than tulips. Jennifer will introduce us to bulbs that blossom other times of the year, to their cultivation.
3 PM Insects In & Around the Home & Garden – Jon Turmel, VT Dept of Agriculture-- Whether insects are helpful or destructive, it’s important to know who we’re living with. Here is the opportunity to find out which is which. 3 PM VT Backyard Forest Stewardship Program—Michael Synder-Dept of Forests, Parks & Recreation-This program will enhance landowners’ knowledge & enjoyment of their small forests & introduce a pilot help program.
4 PM Lighting Your Landscape--Dave Hamlen, Hamlen's Garden Center, Swanton--Learn how easy it is to light your night landscape, the supplies you'll need, and some of your many choices of lamps and locations to place them. 4 PM Shutterbugs In the Garden—Cheryl Dorschner, Syndicated Columnist, Burlington Free PressLearn tricks of garden photography, from film and lens choices to lighting and composition. Learn what techniques get results.

  

Sunday, March 7, 1999

 

Amphitheater – 1st Floor

 

Emerald III – 2nd Floor

10 AM Wizard of the Winter Garden--Cliff Mossey, Plattsburgh—Profit from Cliff’s 50 years of gardening. He grows flowers and vegetables year round in an economical, low tech, environmentally friendly zone 4 "covered garden." 10 AM Making Herbal Products--Carolyn Fuhrer, Tinmouth Channel Herbs, Tinmouth—Learn how to cultivate, harvest, dry and use home grown herbs to make decorative and useful gifts, culinary blends, tinctures and medicines.
11 AM Gardening on the Internet--Dan Hickey, National Gardening Assn, Burlington—This is where you can find out how to access useful gardening information on the internet, garden contacts and the wealth of information available. 11 AM Trees for the 21st Century-Steve Sinclair, Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation—This program will feature some new, under-utilized and old favorites for sustainable VT landscapes. Tree planting & care will also be covered.
NOON Container Gardening—Kristina MacKulin, No. FerrisburgLearn how to enjoy gardening year round with wonderful ideas for arranging tubs, urns and household containers. Kristina shares her valuable first-hand experience NOON Gardening at the Trapp Family Lodge-- Sue Mandigo, Horticulturist, Stowe--The breathtaking site of the Von Trapp home is rich with history. Sue talks about the past and current garden activities including garden design.
1 PM Bonsai for Beginners--Sandy Anderson, Green Mountain Bonsai, Jericho—If you are interested in this age-old art, Sandy will show you how to grow, cultivate and prune plants which can be adapted for use as bonsai. 1 PM Attractive Native Trees & Shrubs--John Padua, Cobble Creek Nursery, Monkton—Learn about some of John's favorite native trees and shrubs for Vermont landscapes, and their culture and use.
2 PM There’s No Place Like a Water Garden – Dave Hamlen, Hamlen’s Garden Center, SwantonWhether you plant a tub on your patio or build a pond in your backyard, this is the place to learn how to do it. 2 PM Wedding Flowers, Ned Davis, AIFD, Vermont Academy of Floral Design, WaterburyLearn some of the terminology involved when ordering wedding flowers and become aware of color, theme and style. Be prepared beforehand!
3 PM Propagating by Seeds Indoors-- Francesca Cannan & Katy McGiff, Gardener's Supply Co., Burlington--Learn about starting media, containers, proper culture, and common pitfalls when germinating seeds indoors. 3 PM Wedding Flowers with Ned Davis-- Continued

 


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