Gardening How-Tos



If it has to do with gardening, chances are one of our dozens of gardening how-to presenters will be talking about it. A new topic is presented every 30 minutes throughout the Show. Join us to learn how to do a variety of gardening tasks at the Gardening How-tos stage in the heart of the show.

 2017 Gardening How-tos Schedule

Friday, February 24

10:30   How to Create an Optimal Irrigation Schedule Mark Brown, Co-Operative Extension Agent- Water Conservation & Turf Management

11:00   Tuff Talk on Trees Vic Ford, U of A Co-operative Extension Service- Little Rock State Office

11:30   Lilies: A to Z Susan Rose, Pulaski County Master Gardener

12:00   New Succulent Trends: Not Your Grandma’s Moss Rose Justin Hoadley, Tanarah Luxe Floral & Event Styling

12:30   Water-Wise Gardening: Tips for Conserving, Capturing & Re-Using (Gray Water) Erika Droke, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

1:00     AR Flower & Garden Show Awards Presentation

1:30     I’ve Lost a Tree!  Now What? Jeremy Bemis, Bemis Tree Farm

2:00     Avgolemono Food Demonstration (Lemon-Rice Chicken Soup) Keith Cleek, Expanded Food Nutrition Educational Program & Leigh Ann Bullington, County Extension Agent- Woodruff County

2:30     Cycling With Worms: How to Use Vermicomposting to Recycle Garden Wastes Betsy Spetich, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

3:00     Knowing & Nurturing Roots Tina Marie Wilcox, Ozark Folk Center State Park

3:30     What’s Old is New Again: Your Ancestors Fermented & You Can Too Elene Murray, HealthEfairy

4:00     Everything is Coming Up Green- The New Mentone Color for 2017 Chris Norwood, (AIFD, PFCI) Tipton & Hurst Flowers & Gifts

4:30     Extension Backyard Poultry On-Line Course Dustan Clark, U of A Extension Poultry Health Veterinarian

5:00- 7:00 Rock in the Garden Live Music from “Wildflower Revue”

Saturday, February 25

10:30   For the Love of Goats Tammy Sue Pope, Tammy Sue’s Critters

11:00   Introduction to Beekeeping Peter Stuckey & Larry Kichler, Central Arkansas Beekeeper’s Association

11:30   Old Timer’s Tips for Starting & Saving Seeds Mike Nocks, White Harvest Seed

12:00   The Roots of Floral Design Kay Schlaefli, (AIFD,CFD, AMF) Expressions Flowers(Fort Smith)

12:30   Secrets to Purchasing Bromeliads for Extended Color Michael Seal, The Funny Farm

1:00     Why All Worm Castings are NOT the Same: Benefits of Worm Castings David Dowell, Red Bud Farm

1:30     Orchids: Re-Potting & Re-Blooming  Yvonne Becker, Arkansas Orchid Society

2:00     Dish Up a Moss Garden: Easier Than You Might Think Martha Coop, Pulaski County Master Gardener

2:30     I am Mushroom- Therefore I Roar: Easy Home Growing of Lion’s Mane, Shiitake, Reishi & Oyster Mushrooms  Debbie Goodwin, Horticulturist- Equinox Outdoor Concepts

3:00     Coriander & Cilantro: Herb of the Year 2017 Kathleen Connole, Ozark Folk Center State Park

3:30     Shade? No Problem!  Rand Retzloff, Grand Designs

4:00     Contrasting Roots Kathy Rodocker, (AIFD, AMF, PCF) Stems With Style

4:30     Local Honey: Process & Benefits Emily Bemis, Bemis Honey Bee Farm

5:00     Save the Planet: Bamboo- The Most Renewable Resource Dale Almond, Arkansas Bamboo Connection

Sunday, February 26

10:30   Natural Containers Sharon Mayes, Pulaski County Master Gardener

11:00   African Violet Clinic: Bring Your Violets & Questions Betty Ferguson, Central Arkansas African Violet Society

11:30   How to Make & Use Herbal Vinegars Debbie Tripp, Rosemary Hill Herb Farm

12:00   Chicken Chat Randy Forst, Pulaski County Extension Agent

12:30   Wicking Water Bucket System for Watering & Solar Fruit Dryer Ethan Clarkson, Dunbar Community Garden

1:00     Growing Muscadine Grapes  Alan Hall, Pulaski County Master Gardener

1:30     How Much Garden Would a Good Gardener Need, If a Good Gardener Could Garden Good?  Mike Nocks, White Harvest Seed

2:00     Drip Irrigation for Home Landscapes  Mary Evans, Pulaski County Master Gardener

2:30     How-Tos of Food Preservation Mary Wells, Faulkner County Master Gardener

3:00     Farm Critters Chris Wyman, Heifer Urban Farm