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 Arts & Crafts Building at the Fairgrounds.

Gardening How-tos
Arts & Crafts Building

Friday, March 2

10:00   Drip Irrigation Simplified Mary Evans, Pulaski County Master Gardener

10:30   Keep Your Poultry Healthy Dustin Clark, U of A Extension Poultry Health Veterinarian

11:00   Hops: Herb of the Year TM  2018 Tina Marie Wilcox, Ozark Folk Center State Park

11:30   Getting Started with Beekeeping Emily Bemis, Bemis Honeybee Farm

12:00   Build an A Frame Trellis for Pole Beans & Climbing Peas Jill McSheehy, garden writer and podcaster at

12:30   What is Keyhole Gardening?  Erika Droke, Arkansas Dept of Environmental Quality

1:00     Japanese Maples 101 Scott Smith, River Valley Horticultural Products

1:30     Creating Evergreen Screens That Last Jeremy Bemis, Bemis Tree Farm

2:00     Lazy Gardening: Why NOT to Clean Up Barbara Miller, Arkansas Dept of Environmental Quality

2:30     What the Plant? Choosing & Caring for Houseplants Justin Hoadley & Alex Hudson, Tanarah Luxe Floral & Event Styling

3:00     Use a Kitchen Aid Mixer to Quickly Prepare Tomatoes for Canning Jill McSheehy, garden writer and podcaster at

3:30     Fengshui, Biophilic Tropical Harmonizing at Your Home or Business Debbie Goodwin, Horticulturist- Arkansas Outdoor Concepts

4:00     The Joy of Brewing Beer Marion Spear, Beer, food & garden aficionado

Saturday, March 3

10:00   Imagine the Possibilities: A Floral Demonstration Kathy Rodocker, AIFD, AMF, PCF, Stems With Style

10:30   Beautify Your Landscape While Protecting it Fred Stewart, Classical Curbs

11:00   Bromeliads by the Bunches! Michael Seal, The Funny Farm

11:30   Getting Started With Garden Railroads Richard Davis, Central Arkansas Garden Railway Society

12:00  Make a Mini Greenhouse for Starting Herbs From Seeds Debbie Tripp, Rosemary Hill Herb Farm

12:30   Kick Start Your Small Flock Scharidi Barber, U of A Extension Service, Poultry Instructor

1:00     All Things Garlic Patrick Byers, MS, Univ. of Missouri Extension

1:30     How to Make Pro-biotic Tea- Kombucha Julianne Bitely, Wellness in Little Rock

2:00     Herbal Bonsaii- Keep Woody Herbs Happy in Containers Year-Round Kathleen Connole, Ozark Folk Center State Park

2:30     An Old Timer’s Tips for Starting & Saving Seeds Mike Nocks, White Harvest Seed Company

3:00     Fermentation, Remember Your Roots Elene Murray, HealthEfairy

3:30     Growing Mushrooms Vic Ford, Interim Associate Director for Agricultural & Natural Resources, Co-operative Extension Service

4:00     Keeping Honey Bees Pete Stuckey & Brent Fergusson Central Arkansas Beekeepers Association


Sunday, March 4

10:30   Chikken Chat! Randy Forst, U of A Extension Service

11:00   Designing With Tropicals in Arkansas Debbie Goodwin, horticulturist, Arkansas Outdoor Concepts

11:30   Propagation 101 Susan Rose, Pulaski County Master Gardener

12:00   Plant Possibilities! Rand Retzloff, Grand Designs

12:30   Honey, Why are There Different Colors? Larry Kichler, Central Arkansas Beekeepers Association

1:00     Create a Bird Friendly Yard Cindy Franklin, Audubon Society

1:30     How to Eat Like a Dinosaur Julianne Bitely, Gluten-Free in Central Arkansas

2:00     The Arkansas Gleaning Project and Hunger Gardens Brandon Chapman – Food Sourcing and Logistics Program Coordinator, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance

2:30        Cooking Matters – How to Shop and Eat Healthy on a Budget Ben Matusow – Cooking Matters Education Team, and Sam Stadter – Cooking Matters at the Store Field Manager, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance

3:00     Beautiful Easy Care Roses Carol Shockley & Ouida Wright, Central Arkansas Rose Society

3:30     Heifer’s Critters! Chris Wyman, Heifer International