2017 Saturday Schedule


download schedule

Gardening Seminars will be presented in both the Fulton and Pope Rooms on the bottom floor of the convention center near the entrance to the Marriott.

Fulton Room

10:30  Creating Living Landscapes – Dr. Douglas Tallamy, Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware

We will not keep our ecosystems running if we do not save the creatures that run them. You can make your property a showpiece without losing its ecological function in the local ecosystem by using and understanding the role of native plants in our landscapes. Many people are concerned that natives are more prone to insect damage, are messy and not attractive, will attract vermin, and cannot be used formally.  Tallamy will dispel these misconceptions and suggest ways to make native plants a part of even the most formal landscapes.

This presentation is co-sponsored by The Arkansas Native Plant Society.

11:45 Building Pollinator Populations at Home – Dr. Douglas Tallamy, Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware

An important component of productive ecosystems like our own backyards is diverse and abundant community of pollinators. We hear a lot about native bees but there are actually thousands of species of moth and butterfly pollinators in our home landscapes. Tallamy will discuss the important ecological roles of these species, and discuss the plants required to support their populations in our landscapes.

This presentation is co-sponsored by The Arkansas Native Plant Society.

1:00  Growing Berries in Your BackyardDr.  Amanda McWhirt, Assistant Professor, Horticulture Department, University of Arkansas

Learn the basics of growing backyard strawberries, blackberries and blueberries in Arkansas. Variety selection, soil preparation and general plant care will be covered to help you get started growing berries in your home garden.

2:30 Screening of the documentary film, Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home – sponsored by The Arkansas Native Plant Society

 This 90-minute environmental, education documentary produced by Catherine Zimmerman focuses on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Hometown Habitat features renowned entomologist Dr. Douglas Tallamy, whose research, books and lectures on the use of non-native plants in landscaping, sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy provides the narrative thread that challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else. “It doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t be that way.” Inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping illustrate Tallamy’s vision by showing how humans and nature can co-exist with mutual benefits. The message: All of us have the power to support habitat for wildlife and bring natural beauty to our patch of the earth. The goal: Build a new army of habitat heroes!

Pope Room

10:30  Cool Plants for Tight Spaces, Nooks & Crannies, and other Areas You Haven’t Thought About Before – Dr.Todd Lasseigne, President and CEO, Tulsa Botanic Gardens

 With the amazing range of plants available to gardeners today, there truly are plants for every space.  Yet, most gardeners now are gardening with less available space, or are purposefully using less space due to time and physical constraints.  Join Dr. Lasseigne for a lively discussion focusing on the root of the issue of how we can all continue to enjoy our gardens while not fretting over limited spaces and resources.

 11:45 Easy Growing Succulents for Patio or Porch – Richard and Andrea Cleaver, Culberson’s Greenhouses

 As wholesale growers of many succulents, Richard and Andrea have a learned a lot about how to grow and design with these wonderful plants.  They will demonstrate how to plant a variety of succulents in containers and discuss how easy it is to care for these colorful and interesting plants.  Be sure to stay for the plant give-away following the presentation.

1:00 Year-round Gardening by Knowing Your Plants and Pushing the Envelops – Dr. Todd Lasseigne, President and CEO, Tulsa Botanic Gardens

Arkansas weather is often mild in the winter and warm and humid in the summer.  While there are sometimes challenges imposed by droughts, storms, and other events, it is possible to have a beautiful and interesting landscape throughout the year.   Join Dr. Lasseigne for a lively discussion on plants that will perform through all four seasons of the year (including winter!) so that you can enjoy your garden during any month, no matter the weather.

2:15 Terrific and Tough Annuals for Your Garden– Richard Cleaver, Culberson’s Greenhouses

Join Richard to learn about some of the best annual flowers for Arkansas landscapes.  As chair of Arkansas Green Industry Association’s Arkansas Diamond committee, Richard will announce the newest Arkansas Diamond plants.  These beauties have been chosen by local growers as outstanding plants that consistently perform well in our climate.  And you might just win a plant to try in your own yard in this session’s plant give-away.