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RI Spring Flower & Garden Show Demonstrations

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

Thursday, February 19, 2015

TIME
DEMONSTRATION/SPEAKER
DEMO DESCRIPTION 
11:30 AM

"Seed Starting"
Sharyn Iannuccilli, URI Master Gardener

Learn how to start seeds for early growing.  We’ll show the best medium and pots and environment to insure success

12:30 PM

"Secrets of the Hive"
Betty Mencucci, RI Beekeepers

This is a very informative, exciting 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 through a special dance called the wagtail dance.  The talk will also include information on the decline of the honeybee population and what gardeners can do to help the bees.

1:30 PM

"Black Gold" Composting & Worms
Earle Perkins & Claire Chenevert, URI Master Gardeners

Composting is easy to do and gives nutrients to your soil which in turn makes your garden flourish. It may be garbage to you, but not to your plants.

Vermiculture is the practice of keeping red wiggler worms and collecting the droppings and castings to use as compost for your garden.

2:30 PM

"Lasagna Gardening"
Lynne Farr, URI Master Gardener

We'll show you an easy way to create a garden without digging into the earth. By layering newspaper, compost and garden soil you can grow anything and save your back.

Friday, February 20, 2015

TIME
DEMONSTRATION/SPEAKER
DEMO DESCRIPTION 
11:30 AM

"Roses 101: The Best Way to Grow Roses"
Rhode Isalnd Rose Society, Mike & Angelina Chute

Roses 101 focuses on rose gardening basics such as proper planting, fertilizing, insect and disease control, and plant selection. You will also learn how to prune roses by following a few simple, easy-to-follow steps. The demonstration includes rose gardening tips while allowing time for questions and answers.

12:30 PM

"Backyard Beekeeping"
Sanne Kure-Jensen

Learn how to keep honeybees and help reduce threats to declining pollinator populations. Beekeepers improve their vegetable and fruit yields, improve local food security and often receive a sweet bonus - delicious honey. Learn about honeybees’ life cycle, important plants and habitat requirements. This workshop will cover apiary site selection and management. Learn how to install bees in a hive, why bees swarm and how to collect them. Good hive management prevents or minimizes disease and pest problems. Learn how to harvest honey and beeswax. Hear about other products made from bees. Resources will include recommended reading, planting, equipment suppliers and recipes.

1:30 PM

"Garden Tools, Care & Maintenance"
Pat Davis & Mary Mason, URI Master Gardeners

Not all tools are created equally. Learn how to select the proper tool for your height and the job. And learn how to take care of your investment.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

TIME
DEMONSTRATION/SPEAKER
DEMO DESCRIPTION 
11:30 AM

"Dividing Plants"
Claire Golembewski, URI Master Gardener

This issue can be perplexing for any gardener. "How deep should I dig?", "Can all plants be transplanted?", "What's the correct why to divide a plant?" All these questions and many more will be answered about dividing and transplanting.

12:30 PM

"All About Honeybees: An Introduction to the Art of Beekeeping"
Lynn Davignon, RI Beekeepers

Learn all about bees, pollination, how bees communicate; Learn how bees make honey, and how it gets harvested… Ever considering keeping bees? This informative presentation explains how to get started and provides information on what is involved in keeping Honeybees.

1:30 PM

"Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening"
John Gaynor, URI Master Gardener

Learn what a raised garden bed is and how to make one. Growing any plants in a raised bed insures easy planting and harvesting.

2:30 PM

"Container Gardening, Herbs & Vegetables "
Gail Tatangelo, URI Master Gardener

You can grow anything in a pot. And all containers are not only pots. Learn what interesting objects can be used to grow a plant and how to “pot-up” your plant correctly.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

TIME
DEMONSTRATION/SPEAKER
DEMO DESCRIPTION 
11:30 AM

"All About Honeybees: An Introduction to the Art of Beekeeping"
Lynn Davignon, RI Beekeepers

Learn all about bees, pollination, how bees communicate; Learn how bees make honey, and how it gets harvested… Ever considering keeping bees?  This informative presentation explains how to get started and provides information on what is involved in keeping Honeybees.

12:30 PM

"Gardening with Daylilies"
Kate Reed, URI Master Gardener

There are thousands of different daylilies. Come hear about the diversity and the correct why to plant, divide, and maintain these lovely plants.

1:30 PM

"Perennials Through the Year at Roger Williams Park"
Rosanne Sherry, URI Outreach Center

 

2:30 PM

"Functional Gardening for Pollinators and the RI Native Plant Guide"
Vanessa Venturini, URI Outreach Center

Transform your yard into a haven for pollinators and other beneficial organisms with just a few basic principles and a colorful array of plants. We'll show you how to use the new, online Rhode Island Native Plant Guide to find the right plant for the right place for a variety of functions