Workshops

DEMONSTRATION WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

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BLUE RIBBON PAVILION – McEWING ROOM

FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Compost Magic! Turn Your Food Scraps into “Black Gold” (for your lawn and garden – Emma Stuhl of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation; www.vtrecycles.com –  The benefits of composting are truly remarkable. In this fun, interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to reduce your waste and turn food scraps and leaves into an amazing soil amendment—compost. Discover how reducing waste through composting protects the land, air, and water and how compost can help you grow healthier plants and soils. After this workshop, you’ll know what you need to start composting right away! Appropriate for adults, teens, and older children.

Noon-1:00 PM

The Art of Container Gardening Using Found Objects and Succulents w/ Sabrinajoy Milbury.   Sabrinajoy has taken container gardening to its highest levels over the years of her horticultural career. Look at everyday and found objects from a different perspective as Sabrinajoy creates a beautiful and easy care container garden using succulents and containers from her “resource pile”. Sabrinajoy’s creation will be given away to one lucky winner at the end of the demo.

1:30-2:30 PM

The Art of Clivias w/David Loysen.   Join David, a Clivia expert, for a live demonstration of dividing and repotting Clivias.   David will also talk about their culture, care, and how to get your Clivia to reliably bloom each year.

3:00-4:00 PM

Art From Nature ABC’s: Leaf Collage Demonstration w/Chris Gluck, Poker Hill Arts, www.pokerhillarts.com. Artist Chris Gluck will demonstrate the leaf collage used to create the images in her book “Art From Nature ABC’s”. Along with sharing her techniques to collect, press and preserve leaves and flowers, she will show how to use them to collage images such as animals and mandalas.

In addition, get some framing tips and learn about scanning or photographing finished images so that they can be reproduced as prints, cards, t-shirts, pillows and more. Chris has been teaching this art form for over 20 years, has many tips to offer, and will welcome questions throughout the process. There will be a drawing at the conclusion of the talk where you will have the chance to win one of three prizes: Chris’ book “Art From Nature ABC’s”,  a fine art print of an image from the book or a pack of leaf collage greeting cards.

4:30-5:30 PM

Why Keep Bees and How to Get Started? w/Ross Conrad, Dancing Bee Gardens, www.dancingbeegardens.com.  This workshop will cover everything you need to know to get started as a beekeeper: the cost, recommend books, equipment, classes, and general information. Ross Conrad, author of Natural Beekeeping, will share beekeeping resource, tips and pitfalls to avoid, for those who choose to embark on an adventure with these magnificent pollinators.

SATURDAY,  MARCH 2, 2019

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Tree Pruning Basics w/VJ Comai, Arborist for the City of Burlington. 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.

Noon -1:30 PM

Yes You Can Paint Flowers! w/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 (in addition to ticket price) includes supplies needed.  Take home an original floral painting!   Ta-Da!  Class size limited to 20;  tickets available at the door, first come, first serve. 16 yrs +

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Terrarium Design and Growing Basics w/Joan Lynch, The Inner Garden, www.theinnergarden.com.   Joan will begin with an introduction to indoor plants, their growth and maintenance, and talk about which ones are best suited for your home and lifestyle.   Joan will then demonstrate how to build a woodland moss terrarium and a succulent terrarium and discuss how the two are different and how to care for them. Joan will also spend some time talking about how to diagnose indoor plant problems. The two terrariums will be given away to two lucky winners at the end of the demo.

3:30 -4:30 PM

Seed Starting 101 w/ 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.

5:00-6:00 PM

Why Keep Bees and How to Get Started? w/Ross Conrad, Dancing Bee Gardens, www.dancingbeegardens.com.  This workshop will cover everything you need to know to get started as a beekeeper: the cost, recommend books, equipment, classes, and general information. Ross Conrad, author of Natural Beekeeping, will share beekeeping resource, tips and pitfalls to avoid, for those who choose to embark on an adventure with these magnificent pollinators.

SUNDAY  MARCH 3, 2019

10:30 – 11:30 AM

Tree Pruning Basics w/Elise Schadler, VT Urban & Community Forestry Program Technical Assistance Coordinator, www.vtcommunityforestry.org. Join Elise to 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.

Noon – 1:00 PM

The Art of Clivias w/David Loysen. Join David, a Clivia expert, for a live demonstration of dividing and repotting Clivias. David will also talk about their culture, care, and how to get your Clivia to reliably bloom each year.

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Art From Nature ABC’s: Leaf Collage Demonstration w/Chris Gluck, Poker Hill Arts, www.pokerhillarts.com. Artist Chris Gluck will demonstrate the leaf collage used to create the images in her book “Art From Nature ABC’s”. Along with sharing her techniques to collect, press and preserve leaves and flowers, she will show how to use them to collage images such as animals and mandalas.

In addition, get some framing tips and learn about scanning or photographing finished images so that they can be reproduced as prints, cards, t-shirts, pillows and more. Chris has been teaching this art form for over 20 years, has many tips to offer, and will welcome questions throughout the process. There will be a drawing at the conclusion of the talk where you will have the chance to win one of three prizes: Chris’ book “Art From Nature ABC’s”,  a fine art print of an image from the book or a pack of leaf collage greeting cards.

3:00 – 4:00 PM

The Art of Bonsai – Kristin Leavitt, Green Mountain Bonsai Society, www.greenmountain bonsaisociety.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.

 

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