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Show Demonstrations - RI Flower Show


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918 x 114 NE Flower Show


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RI Spring Flower & Garden Show Demonstrations

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The 2014 RI Spring Flower & Garden Show demonstrations are sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts.  
           Information subject to change without notice

Thursday, February 20, 2014

TIME
DEMONSTRATION/SPEAKER
DEMO DESCRIPTION 
11:30 AM

"Secrets of the Hive and the Honey Bee"
Betty Mencucci, Bee School Director, RI Beekeepers Association

This is a very informative and lively talk about the "Secrets of the Hive and the Honey Bee."  You will learn the story of the life of the worker bee, the queen bee and the drone.  I use many props and tell the story with the help of my "bee friends" (a variety of plush bees).  You will learn about pollination, the garden skep, floral sources of nectar and the benefits of honey and other hive products.  You will learn how bees communicate and through a special dance called the wagtail dance.  The talk will also include information on what gardeners can do to help the bees. 

12:30 PM

Pruning 101
Mary Anne Brady, Cranesbill Nursery 

Learn what plants benefit from bein pruned in the Spring and when to start.  See what pruners do the best job on different materials.  There are three main reasons you prune plant material, shaping, promotion of new growth and removal of dead material.  Bring questions and we will try to answer and solve any problems. 
1:30 PM

"Flowers and Bees, a 60 million year Love Affair"
Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban, PhD, RI Beekeepers Association

"The power point presentation explores the co-evolution of bees and flowers and the spread of honey bees and of beekeeping from the Old World to America with European settlement in North America.  The crucial role of bees as pollinators in natural history and in human agriculture is described, as are the many benefits and uses of honey and hive products." 

 

 

Friday, February 21, 2014

TIME
DEMONSTRATION/SPEAKER
DEMO DESCRIPTION
11:30 AM

Residential Turf Landscaping
Thomas Grant, Central Nurseries 

 

12:30 PM

Maintaining a "Green" Lawn While Protecting Our Water Supply
Mary Jo Diem, URI Master Gardener

We have all heard abut sustainable living and how important it is to our planet.  But if you are like me, you may have wondered how to implement sustainable practices in everyday life beyond the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle).  Since gardening is such an important part of my life, I wanted to implement the priciples of sustainability in this arena.  It turned out to be a lot easier than I thought.  In this presentation, I will identify the 10 steps to a healthy and beautiful lawn and garden.  I will present pictures of my yard as concrete examples of each step, and I will tell you about the "silver bullet" of a healthy, sustainable, lawn. 
1:30 PM

Beekeeping, Honeybees, and Pollinators
Ken Oles, Beekeeper

Ken will provide an overview of raising honeybees and honey production for the backyard beekeeper.  The basic components of a hive will be shown using a model beehive.  You will also learn about the life cycle of the honeybee, pollinators, and problems facing the beekeeper today.  Come learn why bees and other native pollinators are in trouble and what you can do in your backyard garden to help support pollinators.  Finally, the importance of the honeybee as pollinators will be discussed. 

2:30 PM

Flowering Plants for Challenging Environments
Jeremy Thurber, Arborist Representative, Bartlett Tree Experts

Environmental factors play a major role when choosing plants for landscapes.  This presentation will display and discuss "tough" flowering plants that tolerate environmental factors such as wind, salt spray, and deer pressure.  

Saturday, February 22, 2014

TIME
DEMONSTRATION/SPEAKER
DEMO DESCRIPTION
11:30 AM

"The Art of Pruning Roses"
Mike and Angelina Chute, Rhode Island Rose Society


Learn the right way to prune roses by following a few simple, easy-to-follow steps.  Pruning builds strong, healthy, and attractive roses, increases flower production and is the first defense against insects and diseases.  The demonstration is conducted by Mike and Angelina Chute, American Rose Society Master Rosarians and Rhode Island Rose Society members. 

12:30 PM

 Giles MacDonald, Central Nurseries

 
1:30 PM

Gardening Is For The Birds
Rosanne Sherry, Horticultural Educator and Consultant

We will explore plant selections for the garden from the birds' perspective.  Learn about a year round selection of flowering and fruiting plants.  Native and useful exotics are discussed. 

2:30 PM

Beekeeping, Honeybees, and Pollinators
Ken Oles, Beekeeper


Ken will provide an overview of raising honeybees and honey production for the backyard beekeeper.  The basic components of a hive will be shown using a model beehive.  You will also learn about the life cycle of the honeybee, pollination, and problems facing the beekeeper today.  Come learn why bees and other native pollinators are in trouble and what you can do in your backyard garden to help support pollinators.  Finally, the importance of the honeybees as pollinators will be discussed.

 

 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

TIME
DEMONSTRATION/SPEAKER
DEMO DESCRIPTION 
11:30 AM

Propogation 101
Mary Anne Brady, Cranesbill Nursery

Always a fun demonstration, experience what plants are fun to propagate and a few that aren't quite as easy but just as much fun, especially when you are successful!  It is more about gaining a little confidence, and losing the fear of failure to make propagation so much fun.  Plants are far more resilient than we think.  You can bring plants with you, or just bring a bag to take home some of the ones we create.  

12:30 PM

Seed Starting for Beginners
Anita Dafonte

Anita will cover all the tools and basic tips and techniques for growing vegetables from seed, both indoors and directly into the garden. 
1:30 PM

What a Pollinator Really Wants
Rosanne Sherry, URI Master Gardener

We all want to protect our native pollinators but what plants do they really need for nesting sites or for nectar?  Pollination is a result of native pollinators finding the food sources they need.  It's not the pollinator's prime directive.  Many exotic and native woody and herbaceaus plants will make these pollinators happy.  Find out the best ones and start transforming your landscape into a pollinator paradise.  Then sit back and watch the show!