Lectures and Workshops

2020 Morning Lecture & Afternoon Workshop Schedule

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Thursday, February 27:

11:00 a.m. - The Tennessee Residence Garden (Governor's Mansion), presented by Sarah Lowe, Tennessee Residence Horticulturalist.

Program Description:  In the heart of Nashville is Far Hills, which has been the Volunteer’s State official home of the Governor and First Lady since 1949 and is known today as the Tennessee Residence. Surrounding the Georgian style mansion is a sprawling 10-acre landscape which includes not only hundreds of trees, the Kitchen and Cutting Garden, and Herb Garden, but an amazing collection of plants that grow right here in Middle Tennessee. Come and take a deeper look at the plants, gardens, and the landscape at the Tennessee Residence and learn about the landscape plan that was created and implemented under the direction of Former First Lady Crissy Haslam.

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Bio:  Growing up in Michigan, Sarah Lowe always had a passion for gardens and plants as she worked with her mom in her own garden. Shortly after graduation from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, she moved to Nashville and began working at Cheekwood as a gardener in the Howe Garden. After close to nineteen years of service at Cheekwood, Sarah started in March 2018 working at the Tennessee Residence as the Horticulturist. At the Tennessee Residence, she manages the ten acres of gardens and grounds.


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Bluebirds and Hummingbirds presented by Kent Hiday, Wild Birds Unlimited.

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1:00 p.m. - Thinking inside the Box: Practical Use & Care Of Boxwoods In Your Garden, presented by Josiah Lockard, Josiah Lockard & Associates

Bio: Drawing from over 22 years of professional practice, Josiah specializes in ecologically-based landscape design and sustainable site development. Utilizing Designed Ecologies, Josiah implements environmental principles and technology to create, and holistically manage landscape. In 2003, he became a ISA Certified Arborist and is a graduate of Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice. He is an award-winning Landscape Designer, member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, LEED Green Associate, and serves as both Consulting Arborist, and member of the Garden Development Committee at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. In 2011, he founded the multi-disciplined firm Josiah Lockard & Associates (JLA), where he engages in projects throughout Middle Tennessee and internationally. Combining the disciplines of Landscape Architecture, Agriculture, Sustainability and Urban Forestry, he integrates natural systems into the built environment to create spaces that have a positive affect on both people and nature.

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2:00 p.m. - Workshop:  The Art of Boxwood Cloud Pruning, presented by Josiah Lockard, Josiah Lockard & Associates

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3:00 p.m. - Workshop:  Butterflies and Beyond:  the Pollinator Garden, presented by Rita Venable, author, Butterflies of Tennessee

Program Description:  Do you want your pollinator garden to pop with color and buzz with life? Beyond butterflies there are bees! Rita Venable will discuss pollinator habitat needs for both nesting and foraging in your garden or farm. From redbuds to goldenrods, Rita will guide you in plant selection with an emphasis on provisions for most of the year.

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Bio:  Rita Venable is the author of the field guide Butterflies of Tennessee (2014, Maywood Publishing). She was an assistant biologist with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation conducting biological surveys in state parks and natural areas with the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory program. Rita writes, photographs, speaks, and consults about butterflies and pollinators and their associated plants.

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4:00 p.m. - Workshop:  Floral Design:  The Basics, presented by Leslie West, Accent Flowers

Leslie will discuss and demonstrate the basics of Floral design. How do you do that? and Why! You are about to find out from this longtime talented floral designer.


Bio:  Leslie is the current Design Manager at Accent Designs in Brentwood, TN. He has been with Accent since 1994. He attended The University of Kentucky, while working as a Horticulturist and Floral Designer from 1987-1993. He grew up in The Family's Florist West and Witherspoon, Hopkinsville KY.


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5:30 p.m. - Join us and meet the artists for a walk through in the Floral Design Gallery. Dedication at 6:00 p.m.

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Friday, February 28:

11:00 a.m. Four Seasons of Container Gardening, presented by Sarah Hollins, Southern Native Landscape Design

Bio:  My passion for horticulture began as a child while growing up on the family farm. I brought that love of the outdoors with me to college where I received a Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design. I’ve been developing my skills in almost all aspects of the industry with hands in the soil and pen on paper for 20 years.  

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12:00 p.m. - Native Trees for Pollinator Preservation, presented by Amy Dismukes, Tennessee State University

Program Description:  A discussion of a few native Tennessee trees that promote pollinators, to include growth preferences, uses and associated pollinator species

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Bio:  Amy Dismukes is the TSU Nursery Area Extension Specialist at the Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center in McMinnville, Tennessee, where she works with woody ornamental nursery owners, producers and workers. Amy is a graduate of Auburn University, where she received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and a Master of Agriculture in Plant Pathology and Entomology. Amy is also a certified “Plant Amenities Appraiser”. She worked as the Horticulture Extension Agent for Williamson County, Tennessee for six years before transferring to the TSU NRC. She provides educational training regarding best management practices and issues with insects, plant diseases, soil and weeds. Amy is a frequent guest speaker for professional and horticultural associations and commercial pesticide workshops/conferences. Email any questions to Amy at adismuk1@tnstate.edu.

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1:00 p.m. A Tree for Life:  Selection & Care of Your Perfect Tree, presented by Dr. Douglas Airhart, Tennessee Tech University

Mind Your P’s & Q’s [of Trees]:  Picking, Planting, Pruning, & Quality.   There are basic Quality Features to look for when purchasing young landscape trees.  Learn the practical, aesthetic, environmental, economic, and psychological benefits that make them worthy of our attention and use in landscapes.  Young trees should have basic Quality Features before they are bought and in order to become successfully established. And proper maintenance and aftercare are vital to attain healthy maturity, or they become likely to fail due to structural weaknesses.   Everything you need to know to guarantee success with your new trees, amazing young and old.

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Bio:  Douglas teaches horticulture production and management courses in the School of Agriculture at Tennessee Tech University, in Cookeville. He is a Certified Arborist and Municipal Specialist with the International Society of Arboriculture, and Charter Member of the Cookeville Tree Board. He developed the Coorts Memorial Arboretum at TTU and previously coordinated the state arboretum certification program. He has numerous articles on consumer horticulture and tree care technologies, and has coordinated grant projects about tree care and maintenance. He invites you to visit his website at www.tlcfortrees.info. 

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2:00 p.m. - Workshop:  Tree Care:  How to Plant and Prune Your New Tree, presented by Dr. Douglas Airhart, Tennessee Tech University

As an expansion of the 1:00 Program, Dr. Airhart will explore and explain proper techniques and best practices for planting your new tree.  Soils, depth, drainage, root evaluation, orientation, tools, staking, burlap & tie removal, watering, fertilization, pest control, maintenance, and more will be discussed.  With a live demonstration of pruning objectives and techniques.  Questions are encouraged.  


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3:oo p.m. - Workshop:  Winter Tree ID:  The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Ash Trees, presented by Dr. Andrew Bell, Nashville Tree Foundation

Program Description:  This workshop will highlight some of the key characteristics that can be utilized to correctly identify many of Nashville’s trees during the winter. After a brief presentation, participants will be given a collection of twigs to identify using the tools discussed during the presentation. Special attention will be devoted to how to identify ash trees and the presence of emerald ash borer. 

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Bio:  Dr. Andrew Bell is Executive Director of the Nashville Tree Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1986 to preserve and enhance Nashville's urban forest by planting trees and educating the public about the value of trees.

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Dr. Bell has over 25 years of horticultural, urban forestry, and nonprofit experience, most recently serving as a visiting scientist at the United States National Arboretum in Washington, DC, conducting research for the ongoing revision of Peterson’s Field Guide: Trees of North America. From 2007-2016, he served as curator for the Chicago Botanic Garden and was adjunct faculty at Northwestern University and the Illinois Institute of Technology, and prior to that was the Associate Director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden at UNC Chapel Hill. Bell earned his BS in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee, his MS in Botany from the University of Edinburgh, and his Ph.D. in Horticultural Science from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Bell was born and raised in the mountains of Upper East Tennessee in the Tri-Cities region; it was here that he developed a fondness and curiosity for the natural world, particularly the Southern Appalachian Mountains and trees of this region. In 1995, Dr. Bell left Tennessee to pursue graduate studies and professional experience that took him to Boston, Edinburgh Scotland, Australia, China, Chicago, and Washington DC. After many years of eating bad barbecue in the northern U.S., Bell returned to his home state of Tennessee in 2017 and now resides in Nashville. 

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4:00 p.m. - Workshop:  Plant Disease Road Show, presented by Dr. Alan Windham, University of Tennessee Extension Service 

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Saturday, February 29: 

11:00 a.m. - Native Plants:  Facts and Fallacies, presented by Carol Reese, UT Extension- West TN Education and Research Center

Program description:  You've heard it hundreds of times - native plants are more drought tolerant, and resistant to pests and disease. It's just not so! Some natives are troublesome, others are terrific landscape plants, but so are many exotics, as evidenced by the success of many trouble-free heirloom plants. This talk separates fact from fiction and features plants that are troublefree additions to the landscape, no matter what their origin. It also asks questions and raises issues that cause one to question the definition of native.

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Bio: Carol Reese is an Extension Horticulture Specialist, and a nationally-known speaker, blending equal parts gardening knowledge, natural lore, and quirky humor. Her B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture are from Mississippi State University, and she could also add her Phd. if she “had ever written that damn dissertation!” While there, she taught classes in Plant Materials, and co-taught Landscape Design for non LA majors alongside a “real” landscape architect. She is a prolific writer and has produced innumerable newspaper columns and magazine articles, and was the Q&A columnist for Horticulture Magazine “back in the day”. She attributes her love of horticulture to being raised on a farm by generations of opinionated plant nuts, including a grandfather who dynamited his garden spot each spring to “break up his hard pan”. Carol’s very personal appreciation of natural lore is at least partially a result of her near daily rambles through the wild areas near her home with her motley collection of mutts, aka known as the strong-willed breed of “Amalgamations”.  Yes, they are a hunting breed, but mostly of newly planted bulbs.


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.12:00 p.m. Native Plant Communities & Gardening, presented by Margie Hunter, author and naturalist

Program Description:  Gardeners often emphasize aesthetics above all else, ignoring natural functionality in the landscape and fighting Mother Nature.  Though it may not always appear so, Nature is well organized.  Diverse plant and animal communities develop around specific sets of conditions based on geology, topography, soil, water, and climate and subtly change as one or more of these factors change.  Understanding Nature’s principles of organization can help gardeners design a more successful and satisfying home landscape. With native plants as primary components, gardens can be aesthetically pleasing and function biologically to provide practical benefits -- conserve resources, support wildlife, and highlight regional differences through sense of place.  Discover your garden's innate personality and encourage Tennessee's nature to blossom.

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1:00 p.m.Amazing Gardens Near and Far, presented by Troy Marden, Co-Host, Volunteer Gardener, Nashville Public Television

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2:00 p.m. - Workshop:  How to Spice Up Your Winter Garden (Hellebores & more), presented by Phillipe Chadwick, Electric Flora & co-host, Volunteer Gardener, Nashville Public Television

Program Description:  Learn about winter blooming perennials and how to incorporate them into fun floral designs for your home. 

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Bio:  Electric Flora is the fresh and new floral design company started by Nashville’s own Phillipe Chadwick and his partner Nick Maynard. Phillipe has been making brides bubble and party planners pleased for years as Nashville’s premier floral designer. Nick has a degree in marketing and a talent with logistics. This is a match made in event planning heaven. Phillipe has more resources to develop his craft, which has taken his designs to new levels. Nashville’s event scene can’t wait to have its flowers powered by Electric Flora. Phillipe‘s flower designs are consistently show-stopping and vibrant, yet elegant and sentimental. His arrangements make any event meaningful and personal. He always gets people talking. He knows just the trick, because at his core, Phillipe is a catalog of knowledge about plants and flowers. His first love is gardening, and he has tended garden styles ranging from heirloom vegetable to Japanese.

Phillipe Spencer Chadwick was born and currently resides in Nashville. He received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University in 2006. He then started working as a Landscape Architect, managing civic designs for the city of Franklin, TN. But don’t judge a book by its cover. His extensive background in horticulture preempts his role as a floral designer. In 2009, Phillipe joined the ranks of Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art as a horticulturalist, and catapulted them to a new level of hip. He stressed keeping all designs provocative and cutting-edge but at the same time aesthetically pleasing. He breathed life into Cheekwood’s gardens, transforming them into lush scenes of texture and color. He adorned Cheekwood’s special events with fresh, bright flower arrangements.

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As the creative force behind Electric Flora, Phillipe’s work speaks for itself and has established a strong reputation in Nashville for crafting memorable weddings flowers and impressive visual spectacles for events. His resume includes The Antiques and Garden Show, the TPAC gala, and Chukkers for Charity. Occasionally Phillipe hosts Volunteer Gardener on NPT.

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He gives every client close, one-on-one time and attention to decide how their magical ideas can literally be transformed into reality. Phillipe’s professional attitude is the epitome of class and style. Likewise, his designs never fail to impress.

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3:00 p.m. - Workshop:  What's New In Battery Powered Lawn Equipment, presented by Trey Hartsook, Dickens Turf & Landscape Supply]

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4:00 p.m. - Workshop:  Culinary Challenge with Chef Jane Marcum & Herb Society of Nashville

Program description:  Use of herbal profiles. How to use infusions and fresh herbal combinations from a culinary point of view. Interactive with audience participation in the form of team competition. Probably make the best salad dressing… Two teams of 4-5 each and a judging panel of the same. Integration of options of various herbs, oils, vinegars Etc to create the “best” dressing. Talk will continue during the teams prep. Discussion Q/A to follow lecture.

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Bio:  A Professional Equestrian for many years in 3-Day Eventing & Steeplechasing. She first trained as a Chef in Marbella Spain 1989. She worked on sailboats and hunting lodges & took numerous opportunities to train with various chefs cooking a wide variety of cuisines during travels in off season of competition. She Retired from competition in 2008 and worked to create Culinary Hunter Gatherer. In 2017 she partnered with Jack White well known Chef & Hollywood Food Stylist. Jack’s Place Bistro opened in Florence Ala in the fall of 2018.  She and her husband also are investors in a vintage wine company.  An avid Gardener and Hunter (with her amazing English Setter Barolo) as well as amateur forager.

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Sunday, March 1:

11:00 a.m. Gardening with Tropicals:  Indoors & Out, presented by Calvin Owen, Tennessee Tropicals

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12:00 p.m. - Spring Wildflowers of Tennessee, presented by Jack Carman, Author of Wildflowers of Tennessee

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1:00 p.m.Translating Japanese Gardens (and a sneak peak at Cheekwood's newly renovated Japanese Gardens) presented by Owen Reich, Bonsai Unearthed

One of the most difficult to create and maintain, big Japanese gardens require consistent attention to detail for every aspect. However, smaller Japanese style small gardens are quite easy to achieve in limited space situations. Owen will go through a few styles of Japanese gardens suitable for the south. At the end of this presentation, the focus will be the upcoming re-opening of the Blevin Japanese Garden at Cheekwood Botanical Garden, and the upgrades to hardscapes and planting plan.

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From an early age, I’ve been enchanted by the natural world.  While studying Horticulture at The University of Georgia, a classmate introduced me to bonsai and the dream of having a bonsai nursery of his own began.  After graduating, I worked at Samara Farms in Nashville, TN as the manager for the next 5 years. While there I refined his understanding of horticulture.  Owen then studied under Keiichi Fujikawa, the owner of Kouka-en Nursery for two years and gained experience with a wide variety of species.

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Studying bonsai in Japan has been a stepping stone to creating bonsai using not only Asian species, but also to applying those techniques and design principles to our American trees.  Deciduous trees and broadleaf evergreens have always held the most interest to him. This area of bonsai is where I hope to have the greatest impact by sharing techniques for their creation and maintenance.  My teaching style is “laid back and practical”, and the most important thing about bonsai is that this stuff should be fun!

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2:00 p.m. - Workshop:  Native Deciduous Bonsai Styling (and a sneak peak at Cheekwood's newly renovated Japanese Gardens), presented by Owen Reich, Bonsai Unearthed  

Most consider bonsai only to be possible with junipers and pines. There is so much more to utilize, both native and non-native. This demonstration will cover the techniques to find, style, and refine native deciduous species.
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3:00 p.m. - Workshop:  Floral Design Concepts - Making the Most of What You’ve Got, presented by Vance Nichols, Vance Creative

Lecture contact:  Paula Peace, 615-319-2893

Notice:  The 2021 Nashville Lawn & Garden Show has been cancelled.

If you are interested in presenting for our 2022 Show, please contact Matt Dawson, Natural Creations/Samara Farms or Dr. Andrew Bell, Ph.D, Nashville Tree Foundation.  Alert: Continuing Education Points in 2022: Please watch for our “Professional Development Days” in next year’s line up to economically earn your CEU (Continuing Education Unit) credits.

Please note:  Lecture series schedule is subject to change. 

Schedule is posted at the front entrance of the Show and outside the lecture hall each day.

The lecture series is free with paid admission to the Show.  

2019 Lecture Information is archived here.

Visit our YouTube channel for videos of some of our previous lectures.