2014 Schedule of Events

Saturday, 10 May 2014 Spring Festival Schedule of Events

9:00 am

Gates Open / Silent Auction begins in the Education Building

10:00 am

Debbie_JoinesKeyote Speaker #1 – Debbie Joines
(in the Education Building)

Debbie Joines is with the University of Tennessee Extension Agency and is the Manager of the Soil, Plant and Pest Center located at the Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville, TN. Soil Testing supplies will be available for attendees of this program.

Debbie’s Program: Soil – Is It Just Dirt?
Soil is the foundation to all things which feed us. Our crops and gardens thrive in healthy, fertile soils but what if all we have is just “dirt”? How do we determine what soil we have and what it needs to be its best? We will explore ways to improve our not-so-perfect heavy clay soils and get the best out of what we have.

11:00 am

Trolley Tour of The Gardens of The Baddour Parkway Arboretum – meet at the tractor-pulled trolley

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Our vendors and exhibitors will be available to answer your questions at their booths

1:00 pm

Walking Tree Tour of a few of the trees in the Baddour Parkway Arboretum – meet at Information Booth

2:00 pm

CarolReeseKeynote Speaker #2 – Carol Reese
(in the Education Building)

Carol Reese is employed by UT Extension as an Ornamental Horticulture Specialist. Her job is to keep the horticulture industry up to date, and attuned to the needs of an increasingly savvy gardening clientele. She writes a weekly gardening and nature column for the Jackson Sun, has served as the Q&A columnist for Horticulture Magazine, and contributes to many other gardening magazines.

Carol’s degrees in horticulture (B.S. and M.S.) are from Mississippi State University where she taught courses in plant materials and landscape design. Her speaking engagements take her around the nation where she has given programs at distinguished venues such as Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, the Raulston Arboretum, Whiteflower Farms, and the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore, to name a few. However, she says her favorite place to be is tromping local fields with her many dogs, taking a personal interest in the doings of the birds and the bees.

Carol’s Program: Luscious Landscape Edibles
Some edible plants are lovely enough to be used as ornamentals. Some are pretty but so susceptible to problems that they are more vexing than rewarding. Let Carol recommend the ones that dependably provide a feast for the eye and for the table with the least sweat equity.

3:00 pm

Silent Auction ends – please make your way to the Education building if you are a winning bidder. Cash or check only. No credit or debit cards excepted for Silent Auction purchases.

4:00 pm

Gates Close