Garden Experts Speak at Home Show

If you missed all the great information from garden experts that we presented at last weekend’s Minneapolis Home and Garden Show, check out the talks this weekend. The Garden Theater is located in Room 103, right outside the main doors to the show. The theater is connected to our bulb and plant room, too, so you can stop to purchase hostas, lily bulbs and other great plants.

Here’s the line up of garden experts we have on hand:

Friday, March 4:

1 p.m., The Life-Changing Magic of a Low-Maintenance Landscape. Does your landscape spark joy? Using the principles in Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up designer Jason Rathe will help you create outdoor spaces of serenity and inspiration.

So many hostas, so little time.

So many hostas, so little time.

2:30 p.m., Hosta Care and Propagation. Gregg Peterson of the Minnesota Hosta Society provides insight into basic hosta care, including planting steps, fertilizing methods, dividing and propagating techniques and disease and pest control.

4 p.m. Bee Support: Helping Bees and Bees Helping People. Becky Masterman of the U of M’s Bee Squad will provide advice on how you can help bees and what bees can do for you.

5:30 p.m. Low-Maintenance Lawn Care. Let Sam Bauer, of the the U’s lawn gurus, help you find ways to have a beautiful lawn without using too much water, fertilizer or pesticides.

7 p.m. New Shrubs and Perennials for 2016. What’s new and exciting in the world of shrubs and perennials? Mary Beth Gullickson of Cedar Brook Greenhouse will give you the low-down.

Saturday, March 5:

11:30 a.m. Environmental Trends Locally and Globally. Heidi Heiland of Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens will describe the trends she has seen in her travels, especially gardens created around the ideas of water, food and healing.

Simple containers of succulents

Simple containers of succulents

1 p.m. Container Gardening Through the Seasons. Heidi Heiland continues her presentations with this great talk on how to create artful and amazing containers that reflect the season. You’ll especially want to hear about the “5th Season” and how to create a container for it. Don’t miss this one!

2:30 p.m. Gardens of Tuscany. Take a garden getaway with Douglas Owens-Pike and visit some gorgeous landscapes in central Italy. It’s almost as good as a vacation.

4 p.m. Miniature Hosta Gardening. Do you go bonkers over Blue Mouse Ears and other miniature hostas? Gregg Peterson is a true garden expert on mini hostas. He’ll have recommendations, too.

5:30 p.m. Illuminating Your Gardens. Find out how to get the most out of your gardens during the evening hours, including: lighting styles and strategies, how to minimize the impact on wildlife, plants that have dramatic structure and other tips to make your garden stand out at night. Laura Woods is lead designer for The Garden by the Woods in Chanhassen.

Sunday, March 6

11:30 a.m. Hostas: No Longer the Green and White Plant. Hostas today are nothing like the ones your granny grew. Gregg Peterson explains some of the trends in hostas.

1 p.m. Organic Gardening from Your Kitchen Cabinet. Great advice on growing things organically from Bobby Jensen of Grow with KARE.

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 8.28.28 PM2:30 p.m. Fairy Gardens: Bringing the Magic with Miniature. Let Jesse Jacobson of Tonkadale Greenhouses give you the low-down on the supplies, plants and techniques for building a beautiful fairy garden.

See you next year!