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, February 28

9:30     Soil in the Garden Vic Ford, U of A Cooperative Extension Service

10:00   Demystifying Drip Irrigation Cindy Franklin, Pulaski County Master Gardener

10:30   Farm Life: City Living Sandy DeCoursey, Executive Director, St. Joseph Center of Arkansas

11:00  Landscape Drainage Solutions Chris Keeling, Keeling Company

11:30   The Cutting Edge; Five Easy Steps to Home Propagation Jim Robbins, U of A Cooperative Extension Service

12:00   Fun with Succulents Richard Cleaver, Culberson’s Greenhouses

12:30   Establishing a Backyard Apiary Peter Stuckey, Central Arkansas Beekeepers Assoc.

1:00     Native Plants as Food Sources & Nutritional Alternatives Rose Marie Nuffer, Central Arkansas Herbalism

1:30     How to Germinate Seeds of Native Plants Theo Witsell, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

2:00     Promoting Wildflowers on Arkansas Roadsides Joe Ledvina, AR Dept of Transportation- Natural Resources

2:30     Poultry Breeds for Hobby Flocks Dr Sara Orlowski, Extension Poultry Specialist, U of A

3:00     Basic Poultry Flock Husbandry Dr F Dustin Clark, U of A Cooperative Extension, Poultry Health Veterinarian

3:30     Tablescapes with 2020 Vision Justin Hoadley & Alex Hudson, Tanarah Luxe Floral & Event Styling

4:00     Living Soil Tina Marie Wilcox, Ozark Folk Center State Park

Saturday, February 29

9:30     Success with Azaleas Ronnie Palmer, Arkansas Chapter, Azalea Society of America

10:00   Beautify & Retain Your Landscape with Curbing Solutions Fred Stewart, Classical Curbs

10:30   Catching Swarms for the Backyard Hive Mark Guenther, Central Arkansas Beekeepers Assoc.

11:00    Creating a Wildlife Refuge in Your Back-Yard Cindy Franklin, Pulaski County Master Gardener

11:30   Gardening for the Future (Native Plants) Rand Retzloff, Grand Designs

12:00   Habitat Chat Jim Allen, Wild Birds Unlimited (LR) & Mary Evans, Pulaski County Master Gardener

12:30   Native bees:  Why we Need Them and They Need us Cathie Connaughton, Faulkner County Master Gardener

1:00     Building a Monarch Butterfly Garden Holly Anderson & Leslie Fowler, Arkansas Monarch Conservation Partnership

1:30    Medicinal Herb Gardening: 3 Simple Herbal Remedies from Plants You Already Grow Jill McSheehy, Journey with Jill- Garden writer & podcaster at

2:00     Rubus: Herb of the Year 2020 Tina Marie Wilcox, Ozark Folk Center State Park

2:30    How to Make Compound Herb Butter Debbie Tripp, Rosemary Hill Herb Farm

3:00     The Chain of Life: The Long and Eventual Journey of Fresh Cut Flowers Jim Watkins, Frances Flower Shop

3:30      We Need Trees & Trees Need Us Krista Quinn, Faulkner County Extension Agent

4:00     Care & Selection of Japanese Maples Scott Smith, River Valley Horticultural Products

Sunday, March 1

11:00   Odyssey of Change Through the Years in Floral Design Jim Watkins, Frances Flower Shop

11:30   How to Grow, Propagate & Enjoy Scented Geraniums Kathleen Connole, Ozark Folk Center State Park

12:00    Bonsai Basics for Beginners Dustin Lane, Central Arkansas Bonsai Society

12:30   Totally Terrific Terrariums Sharon Mayes, Pulaski County Master Gardener

1:00      Easy & Carefree Groundcovers Susan Rose, Pulaski County Master Gardener

1:30     Camellia Care & General Info Paige Mizell, Mizell’s Camellia Hill Nursery (Louisiana)

2:00     Questions Answered: African Violets Betty Ferguson, Central Arkansas African Violet Society


*Topics and speakers are subject to change.