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.

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Arts & Crafts Building

Friday, March 1

10:00   Japanese Maples 101 Scott Smith, River Valley Horticultural Products

10:30   Growing Trees from the Ground Up Jeremy Bemis, Bemis Tree Farm

11:00   A Glimpse into the Garden Railway Hobby Richard Davis, Central Arkansas Garden Railway Society

11:30   Gleaning & Hunger Relief Gardens Brandon Chapman, Food Sourcing & Logistics Coordinator, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance

12:00   Beyond the Tomato Cage: 3 Tomato Trellis Options for a Better Harvest Jill McSheehy, Garden writer & podcaster at

12:30   Cracked Pot Gardens Kathleen Connole, Ozark Folk Center State Park

1:00     Make Your Own Air Plant- Shell Mobil Michael Seal, The Funny Farm

1:30     A Crash Course in Bonsai Dustin Lane, Central Arkansas Bonsai Society

2:00     Floral in Living Color: Design for Spring in Your Home Justin Hoadley & Alex Hudson- Tanarah Luxe Floral & Event Styling

2:30     Great Azaleas Start with Proper Planting Techniques Ronnie Palmer, Azalea Society of America

3:00     Teas from Camellias? History & How To Paige Mizell, Mizell’s Camellia Hill Nursery

3:30     Growing & Maintaining Gardens the Old Fashioned Way Mike Nocks, White Harvest Seed Co

4:00     Attracting Winged Living Color! Jim Allen, Wild Birds Unlimited (LR)

Saturday, March 2

10:00   Beautiful Beds & Borders ARE Possible with Classical Concrete Alternatives Fred Stewart, Classical Curbs

10:30   Three Easy Recipes for Our Favorite Herb: Rosemary Debbie Tripp, Rosemary Hill Herb Farm

11:00   Agastache: Herb of the Year ™ 2019: Anise Hyssop, Hummingbird Mints & More Susan Belsinger, herbalist, author, educator

11:30   The Monarch Migration Holly Anderson & Leslie Fowler, Arkansas Monarch Conservation Partnership

12:00   Foraging Weeds for Abundant Health! Rose Marie Nuffer, Central Arkansas Herbalism

12:30   Color Is Where You Find It Rand Retzloff, Grand Designs

1:00     A Stylish Garden by Design Chris Olsen, Botanica Gardens

1:30     KISS Rules of Gardening Gerald Klingaman, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

2:00     African Violets: Beyond the Basics Betty Ferguson, Central Arkansas African Violet Society

2:30     Repotting Phalaenopsis Orchids Yvonne Becker, Arkansas Orchid Society

3:00     Designing a Great Container Garden Bob Byers, Fort Worth Botanic Garden

3:30     Color is at the Heart of all Design! Scott Brents, Fairy Tale Florals

4:00     Beekeeping: Yesterday, Today & the Future Peter Stuckey & Mark Guenther, Central Arkansas Beekeepers Association


Sunday, March 3

10:30    Basic Tips for Maximum Production of Muscadines Al Hall, Pulaski County Master Gardener

11:00    Local Resources for Hobby Poultry Operations Dustin Clark, U of A Cooperative Extension Poultry Health Veterinarian

11:30    Better Soil, Better Plants Vic Ford, Director Agricultural & Natural Resources, U of A Cooperative Extension Service

12:00    Increase Your Plant Collection with Successful Cuttings Sharon Mayes, Pulaski County Master Gardener

12:30    Gardening on a Shoestring Susan Rose, Pulaski County Master Gardener

1:00      Grow Your Own Herbs Tina Marie Wilcox, Ozark Folk Center State Park & Susan Belsinger, herbalist, author, educator

1:30      Using the Color Wheel for Eye-Popping Color Combinations Jim Watkins, Frances Flower Shop

2:00      Seven Colorful Birds You Can See in Arkansas Cindy Franklin, Pulaski County Master Gardener & Audubon Society of Central Arkansas

2:30      Pixies: Gifts of the Earth Kathy Rodocker. AIFD, CFD, AMF, Stems With Style (Benton)