Garden Expo to present educational seminars

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Got a garden problem?  We may have some answers for you at the Everything Garden Expo set for March 6-7 at the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville.

Expo opens at 8 a.m. Saturday and remains open until 6 p.m.  It will reopen at 11 a.m. Sunday and remain open until 5 p.m.

The cost is $5, and children under 6 will be admitted free.

(Felder Rushing, left, is among an impressive list of seminar leaders)

Saturday, March 6

8:45-9:45 a.m.

“Garden Grown Designs” Features the top 10 trees and shrubs for use in floral arrangements, including information on plant material selections suitable for cut-flower gardens and care and handling techniques for cut plant materials.

Mrs. Lynette McDougald is an Instructor of Floral Management and Manager of University Florist at Mississippi State University. The University Florist is recognized as the premiere floral business model in education. In 2001, McDougald was recognized as the Mississippi Designer of the Year, and in 2003, she served on the floral design team at New York’s Rockefeller Center for HBO’s season premiere party for The Sopranos television show. She is an accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designers. She serves on the Southern Regional AIFD Board of Directors and Education committee.

10:00-11:00 a.m.

“All About Growing Tomatoes” Explains when and how to plant, names the best cultivars, and common problems and solutions.

Dr. Rick Snyder is a Professor and Extension Specialist in Greenhouse Vegetables and

Vegetable Crops at the Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs, MS. He graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in 1987 with a Ph.D. in Vegetable Crops. He is responsible for research in field and greenhouse vegetable crops, including hydroponic vegetable production and specialty crops. He also coordinates the Fall Flower and Garden Fest and Greenhouse Tomato Short Course each year.

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

“How to Grow Echinacea (Coneflower)”

You may have noticed that purple coneflowers are not just purple anymore. Dr. Gary Bachman will highlight currently available cultivars to help you decide which ones you must have in your garden. He will give you a glimpse into his coneflower breeding program at the Coastal Research and Extension Center where he is an Assistant Extension Professor.

He received his Ph.D. degree from Ohio State University and has developed an ornamental horticulture program relevant to Mississippi and the Upper Gulf of Mexico targeting youth and adult audiences. He writes a regular column for a popular gardening magazine.

1:00-2:00 p.m.

“Plants from Grandmama’s Garden”

Dr. Lelia Kelly, Associate Extension Professor and Consumer Horticulture Specialist at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, directs the Master Gardener

program in Mississippi. She received her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from MSU.

Remember the heirloom roses, shrubs, flowers, vegetables and herbs that our grandparents grew and used? I bet a part of your childhood memories are filled with these plants. This presentation will provide information on these sometimes hard to find plants including their cultural practices, as well as sources of these old timey plants. Come join in and share the memories.

2:15-3:15 p.m.

“Urban Community Forestry”

Dr. Stephen Grado is a Professor with the Forest and Wildlife Research Center and MSU’s College of Forestry. He specializes in issues relating to multiple use forest and economics, outdoor recreation, forest certification, eco-tourism, urban and community forestry. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters and is a Forest Certified Auditor. Information will be presented on how, when, and where to plant trees in the home landscape.

3:30-4-:30 p.m.

“Gettin’ REAL in the Yard and Garden”

Felder Rushing is a master’s graduate of MSU and a retired state consumer horticulturist with the Extension Service. He writes two weekly columns for the Clarion-Ledger and has published hundreds of articles and photographs in regional and national garden magazines. He currently hosts the acclaimed “Gestalt Gardener,” a call-in garden program on MPR. Understanding that many gardeners feel intimidated by the number of gardening “how-to” books and experts, Felder delivers down-home style gardening information with humor, zany metaphors and real working garden advice.


12:30-1:30 p.m.

“Invasive Weeds – Cancer of the Landscape”

Dr. John Byrd is a Professor and Extension Weed Specialist in Plant and Soil Sciences at MSU. He is involved in Extension, research and teaching with a focus on invasive weeds, weed management in turf and rights-of-way, weed management in forage production systems and in home landscapes.

1:45-2:45 p.m.

“Gardening Twelve Months Out of the Year – Emphasis on Winter Gardening”

Mr. Jeff Fulton is the owner of Yarbrough’s Garden Center in Louisville, Miss. Jeff previously served as executive director of Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in Savannah, Ga. He supervised the development of the largest enclosed garden within the historic district of Savannah and hosted Secret Gardens of Savannah on the Home and Garden Channel. Jeff also organized the first garden show held in Savannah.

nelllie neal 3:00-4:00 p.m.

“Food from Your Backyard”

Mrs. Nellie Neal, aka “Garden Mama.” A life-long gardener, Mrs. Neal writes a weekly newspaper garden column and is known as “Garden Mama” on her weekly radio program through which she gives answers to many garden questions. Her advice is easily understood and it works! She is the author of “Questions and Answers for Deep South Gardeners” and “Organic Gardening Down South.”

Activities for children:

Flower Power
8:45 – 9:45 a.m. and again 10 – 11 a.m.
Saturday, March 6
Nelle Elam, Starkville artist, gardener and teacher extraordinaire, will share her tricks on how to have fun with “Elements of Design.”  She has held the titles of National Teacher of the Year, Mississippi’s Teacher of the Year and the Disney Teacher of the Year. The class is designed for children ages 7 through 12 who will be inspired for a lifetime of joy in the garden.
We’re Wild about Mississippi Wildlife
2:15 – 3:15p.m.
Saturday, March 6

Come join naturalist Andrea Schuhmann from the Mississippi  Museum of Natural Science to learn about some of the amazing animals who call our state home.  Intended for children of all ages, this is a hands-on program involving live native wildlife. With the help of her fellow co-workers (an alligator, a snake and turtles), she will invite participants to become nature explorers and discover what makes Mississippi wildlife so special. We’ll discuss endangered species, what different critters eat, where they live, and what we can do to ensure that they always have a home in our state.

The Amazing Matskifosa
1:45 – 2:45 Sunday, March 7
The Amazing Matskifosa (Matthew Douglas) will mesmerize the children with his magic act. Matt is originally from DeSoto County where his grandfather taught him his first magic trick at the age of 7. Matt enjoys performing at birthday parties and children’s hospitals. He is a master’s student in the Experimental Psychology program at MSU where he is involved in memory research. He aspires to achieve a doctorate in Cognitive Science and become a professor at a research university.

2 thoughts on “Garden Expo to present educational seminars

  1. Thanks for info—–I can now make my plans for that week-end—-can’t wait! Surely, spring cannot be too far away!

    Shirley D

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