Workshops

DEMONSTRATION WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017

BLUE RIBBON PAVILION- MCEWING ROOM

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Seed Starting 101. – Beth Gutwin, UVM Extension Master Gardener.  Growing plants from seed can be a fun and rewarding way to acquire hard-to-find varieties for your garden, or to economize when larger quantities are needed.  Join Beth for an overview of the seed starting process — from planning to transplanting — along with helpful tips and best practices.

Noon-1:00 PM

Tree Pruning Basics— w/VT Dept. Forest, Parks & Recreation; www.vtcommunityforestry.org. Learn how and why to prune, basic tree biology and proper pruning techniques. This workshop will include classroom instruction on pruning fundamentals and hands-on practice and demonstration.

1:30-2:30 PM

Was Tinkerbell a Pollinator? www.KidsGardening.org – Join the KidsGardening team for an engaging pollinator-based activity for kids of all ages and find out! Discover what makes a pollinator, why they’re important and how they help everything from flowers to cucumbers grow. Not only will participants explore the wild world of pollinators, but they’ll have the chance to create their very own craft to take home.

3:00-4:00 PM

Anatomy of Gardening and Landscaping Jason Wolstenholme DC of MoveWell VT – www.movewellvt.com.  Join Jason and learn how to move more easily and safely while performing the most common, “around the house” gardening and landscape jobs. Injury prevention is important and is usually the result of being more aware of your body and environment. Knowing your strengths and limitations will help you work more effortlessly and will allow you to have more fun in the activities that you enjoy. The aim is to be able to keep doing your activities long after most retire for the day.   What you will see and hear:

  • basic anatomy and demonstrations of how your body should be able to move;
  • safe use of common landscaping and gardening tools
  • practice moving and using some common tools
  • learn a daily warm-up to get your body loose and ready to work

Jason will also demonstrate the best way to use tools, such as a garden rake, shovel, hand pruners and pull saw.

4:30-5:30 PM

Microbial Magic! Using Compost in Your Garden and Landscape – Jen Baer of Green Mountain Compost; www.greenmountaincompost.com The benefits of compost are truly remarkable. In this fun, interactive workshop, you’ll discover the advantages and how-to’s of incorporating compost into your garden and landscape. Learn effective ways of using compost in seed germination, potted plants, containers, garden beds, trees & shrubs, and lawns—for spectacular results! Determine how much you’ll need, when to use it, and how to source it. Appropriate for adults, teens, and older children.

SATURDAY,  MARCH 4, 2017

BLUE RIBBON PAVILION CLASSROOM

10:30 AM – Noon

Yes You Can Paint Flowers!—Shanley Triggs, Vermont H’Art, www.shanleytriggs.com— A delightful class for pure enjoyment!  Come to this watercolor workshop for demos and help on how to paint flowers, petals, leaves and more in watercolor.  An award winning artist Shanley Triggs of Vermont H’Art will teach all levels … beginners welcome!  $15 workshop fee includes supplies needed. Take home an original floral painting! Ta-Da!  Class size limited to 20;  tickets available at the show entrance, first come, first serve. 16 yrs +

12:30 -1:30 PM

Was Tinkerbell a Pollinator? – Kids Gardening.org – www.kidsgardening.org. Join the KidsGardening team for an engaging pollinator-based activity for kids of all ages and find out! Discover what makes a pollinator, why they’re important and how they help everything from flowers to cucumbers grow. Not only will participants explore the wild world of pollinators, but they’ll have the chance to create their very own craft to take home.

2:00 -3:00 PM

Art of Bonsai – Kristin Leavitt, Green Mountain Bonsai Society, www.greenmountainbonsaisociety.org – Join Kristin as she explains the basics on the art of Bonsai. Kristin will discuss elementary design, pruning and wiring and how to create a pleasing style and shape when creating a bonsai. Come and enjoy an understanding of this ancient horticultural art form, learn to begin thinking in terms of seasons, years and decades from an artist who has routinely been the recipient of many awards at the CVE Expo Bonsai Exhibit each year.

3:30 -4:30 PM

Creative Containers – w/ Sarah Salatino of Full Circle Garden,s www.fullcirclegardens.com. Sarah will show you how to combine great plants in interesting ways to make easy containers for your deck, patio, or porch. Fragrant herbs, scented geraniums, and perennials with flair will all be showcased along with some unusual specimens that will give you instant style. Sarah is the owner of Full Circle Gardens, a perennial nursery in Essex, VT.

5:00-6:00 PM

Tree Pruning Basics— w/VT Dept. Forest, Parks & Recreation;  www.vtcommunityforestry.org.  – Learn how and why to prune, basic tree biology and proper pruning techniques. This workshop will include classroom instruction on pruning fundamentals and hands-on practice and demonstration.

SUNDAY  MARCH 5, 2017

BLUE RIBBON PAVILION CLASSROOM

10:30 AM-Noon

Keep Calm & Carry a Paintbrush – Ginny Joyner of Ginny Joyner Studio; www.ginnyjoynerstudio.comAlways wanted to try watercolor, but were too intimidated? In this 1.5 hour class with watercolor teacher Ginny Joyner, you will experience the benefits of painting from the Masters. Translate an oil painting of Claude Monet’s Waterlilies into watercolor using wet-on-wet & layering techniques. Ginny, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, freelance illustrator & signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society, teaches watercolor in a fun, relaxed, nonjudgmental atmosphere & will make sure that you take home a masterpiece just in time for Spring! $15 workshop fee includes supplies needed.  Take home an original watercolor painting!  Class size limited to 15;  tickets available at the show entrance, first come, first serve. 16 yrs +

12:30-1:30 PM

Constructing a Sound Stone Wall – Jamie Masefield of Masefield Dry Stone Masonry LLC.; www.jamiemasefield.com.   Join Jamie in a discussion about how to build a structurally sound stone wall using the basic construction principles advised by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. Ideal for homeowners needing a little encouragement and insight for their own project.  Jamie lives in Monkton, VT and has been dedicated to dry stone masonry for over a decade. He’s a certified instructor of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Invasive Forest Pest IDw/UVM Extension, www.vtinvasives.org. – Emerald ash borer has spread rapidly in the United States, killing millions of ash trees, and it will be in Vermont soon if it isn’t here already. This workshop will help you better understand the emerald ash borer as an insect, get to know the signs and symptoms, and learn what you can do to prepare for their arrival.

2017 Vermont Flower Show Workshop schedule