Learn from the Experts!

Enjoy this year's new concept.  Our presenters step out from behind the podium and show you in real life how to make, build, plant, and do.  Audience participation is encouraged.  Loads of fun for everyone.  You requested, we listened! Located in the Lecture Hall area!

You won't want to miss this new feature of the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show! 

Thursday, February 28:

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2:00p.m.Nashville Zoo!  ‘Wildlife on Wheels’  We are proud to welcome back again the energetic animal ambassadors from our own renowned Nashville Zoo with their mobile outreach program.  Fun for all ages.  You absolutely won’t want to miss these packed-with-personality creaturesl.  And a first hand account of What’s New at the Zoo!  www.nashvillezoo.org 

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3:00p.m. - Orchid Society of Middle TN panel.  tnorchid.org 

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4:00p.m. - Cheekwood Presents "A Houseful of Healthy Plants:  5 Key Considerations for Success" with Plant Collections manager, Shanna Jones. See and learn everything you need to know for keeping your houseplants alive and thriving, including how to repot!

Followed by "Easy Home Propagation" with Amy Donahue, Cheekwood Greenhouse Grower, showing with demonstrations of seed sowing, cuttings and division, soil types, etc. cheekwood.org, (Also meet representatives from Cheekwood throughout the Show at Community Table a.)

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Friday, March 1:

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2:00p.m.Nashville Rose Society:  ‘Secrets to Growing Beautiful Roses’ by Master Rosarian Ron Daniels, president of Nashville Rose Society, Cheekwood Rose Education Garden, and Belmont Mansion Rose Garden.

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Learn everything you need to know to grow beautiful roses in Tennessee from this interactive workshop designed to introduce rose care to the beginner or novice – from preparing your soil and selecting and planting your roses to watering, fertilizing, spraying and pruning. The workshop is conducted by Ron Daniels, Co-President of the Nashville Rose Society and a Master Rosarian. Ron will share his proven techniques for growing and caring for roses that have enabled him to win numerous awards as an exhibiting rosarian at local and regional rose shows. Ron will be joined by other members of the Nashville Rose Society who will be available to answer all your rose growing questions.

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“The Nashville Rose Society is excited to participate in this year’s Nashville Lawn & Garden Show, said Ron Daniels. It’s an opportunity for us to share our passion for growing roses with people from across Tennessee. Roses have a reputation for being “fussy” and challenging to grow. I hope folks will come to the Lawn and Garden Show to be inspired and to learn that anyone can grow beautiful roses.”

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Door prizes will be awarded to attendees who hold the winning tickets from a drawing that will take place during the workshop. In addition, all attendees will receive a copy of Ron’s presentation as well as a complimentary packet of information and tips for growing healthy roses. nashvillerosesociety.org (Also, come see us at Booth 111.)

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3:00p.m. - ‘Getting Started in the Garden’ Master Gardeners of Davidson County presented by president Alisha Huntsman   How to build a vegetable garden and avoid the common mistakes most first time gardeners make. From analyzing your yard for the light and drainage, to building a bed.  The discussion will also touch on how to build soil, composting, understanding plant needs and companion planting.  You too can have a bountiful harvest.  Info for beginners and experienced alike.  Q & A welcome!  mgofdc.org 

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Saturday, March 2:

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12:00 p.m. - Exotic Surroundings/Orchids and Tropicals for Color Surround, presented by Michael Steakley. Interactive Workshop Demonstration. Award winning, second generation florist, President of Central Tennessee Professional Florist Association, owner of Always in Bloom florist, Franklin. Michael will create live floral and plant arrangements right before your eyes on our fabulous auditorium main stage. Who knows, you may even be selected to be the lucky star of a quick tutorial workshop! www.alwaysinbloominc.com

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2:00p.m. - ‘Edible Landscapes’  Todd Breyer, national award winning registered landscape architect and garden designer presents a light-hearted look at the best, easy-care, and most beautiful edible landscape plants for our area that can easily be incorporated into any home or even commercial landscape, providing food, beauty and habitat for humans and wild friends alike.  You’ll want to try them all.  Absolutely gorgeous!  Lecture with samples.  toddbreyer@bellsouth.net (Enjoy Todd's work at the Entrance Garden 1)

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3:00p.m. ‘Culinary Herbs for the Landscape’ with Recipes - Herb Society of Nashville president Sherre Phillips. Cooking herbs don’t have to be relegated to a kitchen garden or a pot.  They can serve as attractive landscape elements. Sherre will describe how to incorporate cooking herbs into your landscape, and then will share favorite recipes and tips for enjoying those herbs throughout the season.   Please also visit our Booth in the Society area of the Annex Building behind the Floral Gallery. herbsocietynashville.org, (meet them also at Booth 112)

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Sunday, March 2:

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11:00 a.m. Succulents, Protea, and Tillandsia! How, Why and When!, presented by Kathy Bates, Creative Director/Designer, Rebel Hill Florist.   Join us for this Interactive Workshop Demonstration on how these easy and trendy plants and flowers, can enhance your home, garden or special event.  www.rebelhillflorist.com

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2:00p.m. ‘The Hidden Art of Bonsai’ presented by Nashville Bonsai, Eileen Knox

We will explore, some of the greatest myths surrounding the art of bonsai and a few FAQ. We will talk about how to keep our bonsai alive and healthy and what to do to move them up to the next level. We will look at a variety of trees and learn how to identify ‘really good bonsai’ and how to hold our own in a conversation about bonsai.  Hopefully fun. Definitely interactive. Come join us!    

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Eileen has been enjoying bonsai for over 30 years. Two years ago she moved from Oregon to Nashville. She served ten years on the Portland Bonsai Board as President, Past President, Education Chair, Convention Chair and currently serves the Nashville Bonsai Society as Membership Chair and Education Chair. She holds an MA in Human Systems and a BA in Education. Her most recent passion is exploring the use of trees native to Nashville as bonsai. She has been a presenter at national conventions, organized local and regional bonsai shows and, five years ago, developed a curriculum for beginning bonsai called Mentorship 101 which is used in Oregon and Tennessee. nashvillebonsai.com, (Also enjoy their garden space - Garden 11)

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3:00p.m. - Jeff Poppen “The Barefoot Farmer,” garden Advisor, author, biodynamic farmer, featured on Volunteer Gardener. Q & A with Jeff. Come ask everything you’ve ever wanted to know, and more!  www.barefootfarmer.com

   

You can find our schedule of lectures here!

You can find our schedule of lectures here!

If you would like to present an interactive workshop or demonstration, please contact Todd Breyer.