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The 2015 RI Spring Flower & Garden Show lectures are sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts.
Information subject to change without notice.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

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12:00 PM

"Growing and Cooking Delicious Food Year-Round"
Barbara Damrosch

I will talk about how much my husband Eliot Coleman and I enjoy and thrive on the vegetables and fruits from our kitchen garden, all year long. I'll show how we have found ways to make this easier to do, with fewer demands on our time.

1:00 PM

"Garden Renewal"
Melinda Myers, Author and Garden Expert

Transforming an overgrown struggling garden into a colorful centerpiece or an empty lot into a beautiful landscape can be easier and more affordable than you think. Start with a plan, recycle items into garden art, add planters and feeders, share a few plants, phase in changes and give yourself some time. We’ll explore all of these things and more to renew your landscape!

2:00 PM

"Garden Renewal"
Melinda Myers, Author and Garden Expert

Transforming an overgrown struggling garden into a colorful centerpiece or an empty lot into a beautiful landscape can be easier and more affordable than you think. Start with a plan, recycle items into garden art, add planters and feeders, share a few plants, phase in changes and give yourself some time. We’ll explore all of these things and more to renew your landscape!

Friday, February 20, 2015

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11:00 AM

"Vegetable Gardening Success - Bountiful Gardens for People with Limited Time, Space & Budget"
Melinda Myers, Author and Garden Expert

Learn some tips and strategies that will help you and your family get the most produce out of your garden. Whether you have a dedicated garden or squeeze fruits, vegetables, and herbs in your landscape wherever space allows, Melinda will help you grow lots of produce no matter your limitations. We will explore products and plant varieties as well as planting and harvesting techniques to help increase your vegetable gardening success!

12:00 PM

"Building A Start-up Garden On The Maine Coast"
Rodney Eason, Coastal Maine Botanical Center

Most botanical gardens around the country have followed a similar path in their evolution: they develop around an academic institution or grow out of former private estates. Few gardens survive that are born of pure dreams such as Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. As a true start-up organization, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is heading into its 8th year of being open as a public garden. Rodney will show how they got there and where they are headed in the years to come.

1:00 PM

"The Right-Size Flower Garden: Exceptional Plants and Design Solutions for Aging and Time-Pressed Gardeners."
Kerry Mende

Change happens. Many still dream of ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ landscapes but reality has muddied the picture. Job demands, kids, money, hectic schedules, aging bodies, and changing interests have led to nightmare gardens. Time for some ‘editing’. This inspiring lecture provides easy-to-follow downsizing strategies, recommended no-fuss plant material, and design tips for stunning year-round gardens that will be as close to autopilot as you can get. The lecture also includes organic and sustainable practices.

2:00 PM

"Growing and Cooking Delicious Food Year-Round"
Barbara Damrosch

I will talk about how much my husband Eliot Coleman and I enjoy and thrive on the vegetables and fruits from our kitchen garden, all year long. I'll show how we have found ways to make this easier to do, with fewer demands on our time.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

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11:00 AM

"Twenty-five Fabulous Roses"
Mike & Angelina Chute

This program showcases twenty-five exceptional roses including new introductions as well as a few old favorites. From soaring climbers to petite floribundas, it features long stemmed beauties, lush sprays and attractive landscape roses – the best roses we have ever grown. Twenty-five Fabulous Roses describes every variety in detail, explaining why each is a great garden rose. We will be available to sign copies of our new book Rose Gardening Season by Season: A Journal for Passionate Gardeners as well as copies of our Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening after the program.

12:00 PM

"The Layered Garden"
David Culp

David Culp will show us how to recreate the majestic display of his beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden, Brandywine Cottage. It contains a basic lesson in layering—how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, how to design a layered garden, and tips on maintaining it. To illustrate how layering works, David will take you on a virtual tour through each part of his celebrated garden. The lecture culminates with his signature plants for all four seasons.

1:00 PM

"The Right-Size Flower Garden: Exceptional Plants and Design Solutions for Aging and Time-Pressed Gardeners."
Kerry Mendez

Change happens. Many still dream of ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ landscapes but reality has muddied the picture. Job demands, kids, money, hectic schedules, aging bodies, and changing interests have led to nightmare gardens. Time for some ‘editing’. This inspiring lecture provides easy-to-follow downsizing strategies, recommended no-fuss plant material, and design tips for stunning year-round gardens that will be as close to autopilot as you can get. The lecture also includes organic and sustainable practices.

3:00 PM

"The Unexpected Houseplant"
Tovah Martin

Get ready for the Houseplant Revolution. What the world needs now is more green close by – and houseplants are the answer. These aren’t your grandmother’s dowdy, dusty versions. These are houseplants with panache. These are plants that you don’t necessarily associate with windowsills. Have you ever thought of growing a perennial as a housemate, for example? Heucheras and primroses are just a couple of the unexpected houseplants recommended in this lecture. And we talk all about how to bust houseplants out of their plastic past and into a swank future. What? You’ve tried and failed with houseplants? Here’s how to make your windowsill into a success story without quitting your day job. You and kangaroo paws are going to live happily ever after.

Sunday, February 21, 2015

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11:00 AM

"This Old House: The Best of 35 Years!"
Kevin O'Connor

Kevin O’Connor, host of This Old House, will look back on 35 years of the longest running home improvement show in television history. He’ll share the greatest hits and highlights, revisit the biggest and best projects, and share never before seen video and photos from the archives and from his private collection. Join Kevin for a funny and engaging presentation and bring your questions.

12:00 PM

"In the Shade"
David Culp

David will show us how to turn those tough shady spots in your garden into a cool, colorful and relaxing respite. Discover how David utilizes color, texture and size of plants to achieve interest and his understanding of the light, water and soil conditions required for a thriving shade Garden..

1:00 PM

"Terrariums & You"
Tovah Martin

With the aid of a terrarium, you can host nature almost anywhere – in your parched apartment or your dim office cubicle. And you can do it beautifully. Terrariums are the ideal venue to bring nature into anyone’s life. These “small worlds” introduce beauty, botany, whimsy, sophistication, and sparkle into any decor, plus these projects are also surprisingly inexpensive. This lecture shares ideas for transforming everything from vases to cake stands, fishbowls, lemonade pitchers, and cookie jars into a terrarium. All the specifics of working with glass enclosures are revealed to help you incorporate green into your life, no matter how busy your schedule might be.

3:00 PM

"This Old House: The Best of 35 Years!"
Kevin O'Connor

Kevin O’Connor, host of This Old House, will look back on 35 years of the longest running home improvement show in television history. He’ll share the greatest hits and highlights, revisit the biggest and best projects, and share never before seen video and photos from the archives and from his private collection. Join Kevin for a funny and engaging presentation and bring your questions.