Calling all gardeners to “Everything Garden Expo"


Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll learn when you attend the “Everything Garden Expo” set for March 7-8 at the Mississippi Horsepark on the Mississippi State University Campus.  The event is being sponsored by the Starkville Area Arts Council and Mississippi State University.   I can’t wait!

We have 60 vendors who will be showing their wares and a line-up of seminars and workshops that will quench your thirst for the latest gardening information.  Check it out:


Saturday, March 7, 2009:

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Seasonal Lawn Care – Doing What, When, Why and How Much?

Dr. Wayne Wells, Extension Professor of Plants & Soil Sciences at MSU, will offer an

overview of the cultural management and maintenance practices necessary to have a quality lawn all year round. Dr. Wells, who received his PhD and Masters Degree from Louisiana State University, is a turf grass specialist with prior emphasis on weed control.

He is responsible for developing and presenting educational programs to a diverse turf industry including golf courses, sod producers, lawn and landscape maintenance personnel and homeowners.


10-11 a.m.

Come Join the Herbal League!

Dr. Lelia Kelly, Associate Extension Professor and the Consumer Horticulture Specialist for the Mississippi State University Extension Service, will discuss how to grow and use multi-purpose herbal plants. Information will be shared on growing, harvesting, preserving and usage of herbs. Recipes and other ideas and tips will be included.

Dr. Kelly directs the Master Gardener and 4-H Junior Master Gardener programs in Mississippi. She was awarded her PhD and Masters Degree from Mississippi State University. She has also operated a landscape design and wholesale herbal growing business, and writes a regular gardening column for various publications.


rock garden 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

New Plants in Captivating Combinations

Dr. Norman Winter, Extension Instructor, Central MS Research & Extension Center, MSU, will share valuable information on new cultivars. He serves as coordinator for the Mississippi Medallion Award program, promoting the best plants to grow in the mid-south. His award winning Southern Gardening radio and television shows and newspaper columns are savored throughout several states. In Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South, the award-winning horticulturist Norman Winter offers answers to some of our thorniest gardening puzzles. Taking the guess and the gamble out of plant purchases, he lists ideal annuals, perennials, bulbs, grasses, and vines for any Dixie weather.

Dr. Winter is the author of Paradise Found: Growing Tropicals in Your Own Backyard and Mississippi Gardener’s Guide.


1 – 2 p.m.

Beautiful Ideas and Smart Examples “To Go”

Nellie Neal, aka “The Garden Mama” on her weekly radio shows, will present some of her favorite gardens from across the nation. Her audience will take home creative ideas to adapt in their gardens, whether their style is elegantly modern, classic cottage, or simply a frugal growing space. The Garden Mama is a life-long gardener and a garden writer who grew her first begonia in third grade. She also grew 99 tomatoes in her front lawn one summer. Today, her favorite flower is whatever is in bloom at the moment and she is driven by the quest to fill her garden with year-round color, texture and food.

Best of all, she makes the science of gardening easily understood and her advice works!


2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

How to Grow Roses in the Deep South

The seminar will be led by Mr. Jim Mills. He is owner of K & M Nursery in Buckatunna, MS, where he experiments with roses and has found success growing them on Fortunei root stock. He will share techniques on getting your best rose performance in the hot, humid climates of the Southeast. Rosarians and “wannabees” shouldn’t miss his discussion and demonstration. He will teach you how to have the most beautiful roses in your neighborhood!


3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Gardening in the Shade

Dr. Milo Burnham has conquered one of gardener’s most difficult challenges – how to maintain a thriving shade garden. He will discuss how to select plants and growing techniques to ensure success. Dr. Burnham is a retired horticulturist for the Mississippi State Extension Service. The former radio talk show host and author of numerous gardening publications, was instrumental in developing the Fall Garden Field Day in Crystal Springs. He also served as state-wide coordinator for the MSU Master Gardener Program. If you haven’t seen Dr. Burnham’s jaw-dropping daylily garden, it’s worth a drive to Starkville in June to see the spectacular varieties he has developed.


4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Container Gardening

Jeff Fulton, owner and operator of the ever-popular Yarbrough’s Garden Center in Louisville, will demonstrate container gardening at its best. He will prepare a large container, one for the shade garden and another for the sun, using mixed plant material.

He previously served as executive director of Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in Savannah, Ga., and oversaw the restoration of the William Scarbrough House – listed on the National Register of Historic Places. He also supervised the design and development of the largest enclosed garden within the historic district of Savannah and hosted “Secret Gardens of Savannah” on the Home and Garden Channel.


Sunday, March 8

Noon – 1 p.m.

Gardening for Looks and Cooks

Dr. David Nagel, vegetable specialist with the Mississippi Extension Service and professor of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University, will show you how to fill the flower bed as well as the dinner plate. He will discuss various varieties of ornamental fruits and vegetables and recommend ideal placement for a productive and aesthetically pleasing garden. Dr. Nagel received his PhD from the University of Florida and his master’s degree at the University of Arkansas. He has edited numerous publications on gardening including the “Garden Tabloid” and “Vegetable Crop Guidelines for the Southeastern U. S.”

1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Unconventional Gardening

Who else but Felder Rushing could tackle this topic? Rushing’s overstuffed, quirky cottage garden has been featured in many TV programs and magazines (including a cover of Southern Living), and includes a huge variety of weather-hardy plants along with a collection of folk art. There is no turf grass, just plants, yard art, and “people places.”

The author of 15 gardening books (including several national award winners) and former Extension Service urban horticulture specialist has published hundreds of articles and photographs in regional and national garden magazines, including Garden Design, Landscape Architecture, Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Gardening, Organic Gardening, and the National Geographic. He currently hosts the acclaimed “Gestalt Gardener,” a call-in garden program heard MPR.

2:45 – 4 p.m.

Landscape Lighting and Garden Ornamentation

Dr. Sadik Artunc, head of the MSU Department of Landscape Architecture, will share tips and techniques for incorporating specialty lighting and adding hard features to your lawns and gardens. Dr. Artunc was a professor of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University for 26 years before accepting his current post at MSU. He is a registered landscape architect and is professionally involved in large scale planting and design. He has received many awards for his landscape designs and was named a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architecture.

Children’s Activities:

Decorating and Planting Pots for Fun

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

11:15-12:15 a.m.

(limit 20 children per session)

Nelle Elam, retired Starkville art teacher and founder of the art program at Starkville Public Schools will conduct activities for children ages 7 – 12. She is a former Mississippi Teacher of the Year award recipient, and was invited to attend the inauguration of President George H. W. Bush. She will inspire future gardeners and work with them in decorating and planting flower pots. Special thanks to Rusty Coats of the Millsaps Vocational Center for providing plant materials.

Edible Education: Field to Plate

2:15 – 4:15 on Saturday

Nutritionists Dr Sylvia Byrd, associate professor of nutrition at MSU, and Beverly Lowry, director of child nutrition for the Starkville Public Schools, will team up with Roland Parny, coordinator of the Culinary Research & Development division of the MSU Department of Food Science, in a two hour program designed for children ages 8 – 12. .

Edible education is about connecting children to the earth and the source of their food through sensory experiences. The program leaders will integrate science, math and language arts to enhance children’s awareness and appreciation of foods and their relationship to healthy eating. The Mississippi Beef Team will assist with the cooking activity.

Life of a Butterfly

1:15 – 2:15 on Sunday

Dr. Michael Williams, entomologist emeritus at Mississippi State University and a self-proclaimed “bug chaser,” will present a demonstration and discussion of butterflies. He served as extension entomologist for Northeast Mississippi since 1979 and developed the 4-H Entomology Camp in conjunction with the Entomology Department at MSU He uses his expertise in butterflies and butterfly gardens to introduce young people and hobbyists to butterfly life cycles and habitat.

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