2019 Mid-Day Lectures

Thursday, February 28:

11:00 a.m. - Helpful Plants from the Wild Side, presented by Jack Carman.  Highlighting some of Tennessee’s wild plants that traditionally have been used as food source or for herbal medicine preparation and other plants that are toxic and should be avoided. Author of Wildflowers of Tennessee, vendor booth 252.

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12:00 p.m. - Alternatives to Usual Pest-Ridden Suspects: A Better Life Beyond Leyland Cypress, Bradford Pears and Knockout Roses, presented by Lucas Holman, Wilson County Extension Agent.  Alternative landscape plants to the usual suspects- Leyland Cypress, Bradford Pear, and Knockout Roses. Being an extension agent, I’ve looked at alternatives to the usual pest-ridden suspects. New ideas for small space gardening. Holman helps run the Wilson County Master Gardener Program, and is the owner of Holman Farms.  wilson.tennessee.edu, (615) 444-9584

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1:00 p.m. - Japanese Maples for Containers, presented by Tim Nichols, Mr. Maple.  Japanese maples make fantastic container plants. How to grow maples in containers and look at which cultivars perform best in patio pots. Presented by the Nichols Brothers of Mr. Maple, the premier place to buy Japanese maples from North Carolina. www.MrMaple.comUse code NASHVILLEPICKUP for free delivery of preorders from Mr Maple website; Vendor booths 019 & 027.

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Friday, March 1:

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11:00 a.m.From the Ground Up: Converting your Yard to an Edible Ecosystem, presented by Jeremy Lekich.  Exploring techniques and methods for converting a traditional yard and landscape to a more edible, useful and diverse ecosystem. We will touch on the neglect tolerant perennial to food plants that thrive in middle Tennessee as well as companion plants to increase health, vitality, and beauty. Owner of Nashville Foodscapes, practitioner of permaculture and regenerative gardening. We specialize in foodscaping: planting front and back yards with healthy, fresh food that’s nutritious, tasty, low maintenance, and beautiful.   www.nashvillefoodscapes.com.

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12:00 p.m. - Garden Heroes: Pollinator and Host Edition, presented by Jason Reeves.  Easy to grow plants that will attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators to your garden, Jason Reeves research horticulturalist and curator of the University of Tennessee gardens located in Jackson and contributing editor to Fine Gardening magazine, landscape designer and consultant.  Jason presented our highest attended lecture last year featuring fabulous Hydrangeas.

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1:00 p.m. - Successfully Preparing your Property for Bluebirds and Hummingbirds for Spring ’19, presented by Kent Hiday, a habitat consultant for Wild Birds Unlimited. Always popular returning lecturer, will bring products and kits available for DIY. www.facebook.com/WBUNashville.    

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Saturday, March 2: 

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11:00 a.m. Every Tree Has a Story, presented by Matt Nichols, Mr. Maple.  The story behind the plants can be just as exciting as the plants themselves. Discover the history behind some amazing cultivars of Japanese maples and other woody ornamentals. Presented by the Nichols Brothers of Mr. Maple, the premier place to buy Japanese maples from North Carolina. www.MrMaple.comUse code NASHVILLEPICKUP for free delivery of preorders from Mr Maple website. Vendor booths  019 & 027.

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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! (Also visit us at Booth 011 for fresh cut flowers and arrangements as well as Hands On floral arranging classes at the CTPFA Flower Stall.)

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1:00 p.m. - Troy’s Top 40 for Tennessee, presented by Troy Marden.  For more than 25 years I have been testing and trialing annuals, perennials, and tropical in my gardens and the gardens of my clients. Like the music that has made our city famous, some barely charted before they fell into obscurity while others climbed the top 40 to reach gold and platinum status. Some arrived with great fanfare only to vanish after the first season, while others went on to be “Entertainers of the Year.” A select few even made it to the “Hall of Fame”! These are my “Top 40” –the legends that will always have a place in my garden! Troy Marden now leads garden tours all over the world and is often featured on Volunteer Gardner.

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2:00p.m. - Edible Landscapes, presented by 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. (Enjoy Todd's work at the Entrance Garden 1 and Pop Up Garden 2)

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Sunday, March 3:

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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. 

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12:00 p.m. - When Right Plant, Right Place Goes Wrong, presented by Carol Reese, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist, Western Region Extension.   This term has gone viral in the gardening world, but not all aspects of it make sense. Yes, the cultural needs of a plant dictate where it will succeed, but once planted and flourishing, are there reasons a gardener might rethink its’ placement? Change in the garden is to be celebrated, not stigmatized. It’s a free country, and you are free to let your garden evolve its own ever-changing style.

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1:00 p.m. - Easy Picking, Growing in the Future, presented by Mona Hitch.  The introduction of vertical aeroponic tower garden technology. Mona opens your eyes to all the possibilities to using sustainable methods for growing clean food no matter how small your space. Mona is a master gardener, certified health coach, and co-owner with husband Dan of Tennessee Urban Farm in Springfield, Tennessee. 

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Please see Afternoon Interactive Workshops Schedule for:  Sunday 3:00 Jeff Poppen “The Barefoot Farmer” 

**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.  

New This Year! Don't miss our schedule of Interactive Workshops and Demonstrations!

Lecture contact:  Paula Peace, 615-319-2893

If you are interested in presenting, please contact Paula Peace

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