The 2019 Lecture Schedule will be announced soon

Full 2018 Lecture Schedule:

**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.  

Thursday, March 1

10:00 a.m. “Guerrilla Gardening, Subversive Plots and Furtive Flowers” presented by Randall Connor

Discover one form of Community Activist Gardening that is gaining popularity around the world. Rogue Growers nurture neglected and unused patches of soil to awaken bountiful beds of food and flowers.

11:00 a.m. “No Doubt About Sprouts - How to get set up with your Greens” Presented by Lauren Palmer, Bloomsbury Farms, Smyrna, TN, 

12:00 p.m. “The ABC’s of Residential Landscape Design” presented by Todd Breyer, landscape architect, Nashville

How to craft stylish home exterior spaces to achieve their highest beauty, use, and enjoyment for all sizes from a modest balcony or courtyard, through expansive estates. Design inspirations, history, evaluation, construction, selecting a contractor, and maintenance. Hardscapes, grading and drainage, plantings, lighting and irrigation.

1:00 p.m. “Beware of the EAB (Emerald Ash Borer)” presented by Naomi Rotramel, Urban Forestry Program Manager, Nashville

Be on the lookout for this tree killer of over 40 million ash trees.

2:00 p.m. ““Medicinal plants in the urban landscape - can they be ornamental too?” presented by Jeremy Lekich, Nashville Foodscapes, Nashville, TN 

Filling the gaps in the landscape with medicinals

3:00 p.m. “Biophilia- the Natural Connection,” presented by Megan McDugald, Chief Engineer-Horticulture and Pest Control, Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville

Biophilia is the theory that humans have a strong bond to plants and are naturally drawn the them. I will be talking about houseplants and how to incorporate nature into our homes.


Friday, March 2

10:00 a.m. “Hummingbirds,” presented by Kent Hiday, Wild Birds Unlimited, Nashville

Attracting and supporting hummingbirds in the garden

11:00 a.m. “The Green Medicine Garden” Presented by Leah Larabell, Co-owner of High Garden Tea, Nashville

A class on herbal remedies easily grown in your garden - 5 simple herbs with maximum benefits.

12:00 p.m. “Screens and Containers in Small Spaces” presented by Dr. Andy Pulte, UT Plant Sciences, Knoxville

Did your neighbor just get a hot tub? Don’t like the view? We will discuss some creative ways to use plants like conifers in containers and in screening applications. A major theme will be diversity in plant material and how to make the most of a small space.

1:00 p.m. “Hydrangea Hysteria” presented by Jason Reeves, UT Extension, Jackson, TN

Do you have a thing for hydrangeas but panic at the thought of which of the hundreds on the market are best for my spot? Or how to take care of the different types? Have no fear, Jason Reeves is here. He’ll simplify pruning and care for the different types and highlight some of the best performers in our area.

2:00 p.m. “Japanese Gardens” presented by Owen Reich, Bonsai Unearthed

3:00 p.m. “Botanical Design: Ikebana for Everyone,” presented by Trevor Bradshaw, manager, Gardens of Babylon, Nashville

An introduction to artful design by the means of Ikebana focusing on living arrangements. Taking notes from nature and its season learn how to make a more natural and longer lasting arrangement for indoors.


Saturday, March 3

10:00 a.m. “Why Butterflies Need Trees” presented by Rita Venable, author of “Butterflies of Tennessee: Field and Garden”

When you think of butterfly habitat, do you imagine a cloud of colorful insects fluttering over a field or meadow? How about large butterflies flying through a garden full of nectaring plants and hostplants? Butterflies use flowers but they also need trees, too! Whether trees are providing food, shelter, or support, butterflies and moths inhabit them. Come and discover the trees and shrubs in Tennessee that might grow in your garden to support your local butterfly population.

11:00 a.m. “Grow Up -The New Kind of Garden Club” presented by Mona Hitch, Certified Health Coach and Co-Owner of Tennessee Urban Farm, Springfield, TN 

Mona is passionate about designing edible, medicinal and pollinator gardens. She’s been featured on “Volunteer Garden” Nashville,Tennessee as well as the “Cooking with Jack” YouTube Channel. Her lecture will cover seedlings, aeroponics, vertical farming and tower gardening.

12:00 p.m. “City Cool: Campy and Creative- cookie cutter landscapes are out!” presented by Carol Reese, UT Extension, Jackson

Cookie cutter landscapes are out! Progressive neighborhoods are taking an unconventional approach to the landscape, using recycled materials for structures, furniture and garden art. Want to grow your own? Food, that is! Urban gardens and even chickens contribute to table and tableau. 

1:00 p.m. “Perennial Combinations in the Foodscape Revolution,” presented by Brie Arthur, Raleigh, NC

Foodscape design requires a well-balanced mix of flowering and edibles plants. Brie shares her top perennials for the seasonal foodscape.  Learn how to layer perennials in with your favorite vegetables to increase beauty and pollinator activity.  She shares management strategies to make your edible perennial border low maintenance and full of life!

2:00 p.m. “Growing UP! Gardening In--And On--The Urban Landscape,” presented by Troy Marden, Designer and Garden Travel, Host of Volunteer Gardener, Nashville

The inevitability of city growth and how we can make the most of urban sites, private and public, for the greening of our cities. I am going to focus especially on small lots, front yard gardens, rooftops, and maybe even some really inspiring vertical walls.

3:00 p.m. “Bonsai” presented by Owen Reich, Bonsai Unearthed

The gentle art of bonsai, presented by an award-winning bonsai professional.

4:00 p.m. "Eco-Friendly Gardening Tips," presented by Peggy Hill, writer, speaker, Master Gardener, contributor to Alabama Gardener magazine.

 How you manage your lawn and garden directly impacts the health of our planet. This lively, fast-paced program covers important topics such as the soil web, pest control and more. Hidden Hills Garden

5:00 p.m. Bluebird Workshop presented by Kent Hiday, Wild Birds Unlimited, Nashville, TN

Come learn about bluebirds and assemble your own bluebird house. A great project for adults, children and grandchildren.  Register here; $20 includes your bluebird house kit.


Sunday, March 4

11:30 a.m. “Raised Bed Organic Gardening” presented by Curt and Dawn Rankin, Garden Revolution

Know your food, Grow your potential A Common Sense Way of Growing an Organic, Weed-Free, Raised-Bed, Vegetable/Fruit/or Flower Garden.

12:30 p.m.  “Foodscape Revolution Simplified,” presented by Brie Arthur, Raleigh, NC

Brie has fine-tuned her signature design technique of Foodscaping, a sustainable landscape practice that embraces beauty and utility.

1:30 p.m. “Unlocking the Mysteries of Biodynamics" presented by Jeff Poppen, ‘the Barefoot Farmer,' Red Boiling Springs