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Gardener’s Studio
 
 
Hear from the best in the business at the Gardener's Studio, presented by Subaru.
sponsored by

The Gardener's Studio, presented by Subaru, is the perfect place to relax your legs while learning something new. Conveniently located in the center of the Show floor, the Gardener's Studio allows gardening and greening experts to share their passion with the public.

Don’t miss the exciting Container Garden Challenge at 12:00 noon each day.  See the designs appear before your eyes, then vote on your favorite!

Location:

The Gardener's Studio is located on the Show floor adjacent to the PHS Hamilton Horticourt.

Schedule:

Saturday, February 28

10:00 AM
Flowering Trees for the Home Landscape
Mark Shaw, Bartlett Tree Experts
This talk will focus on highly ornamental flowering trees of different sizes suitable for urban
and suburban landscapes.  Cultural requirements and insect/disease resistance will be
discussed.  Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and the session will be interactive.
Sponsored By:  Bartlett Tree Experts

 
11:00 AM
How to Grow 35 to 40 Organic Plants Within a 2-Foot-Square Garden
Shawna Coronado
Shawna Coronado talks about the easy way to grow vertically and demonstrates how to grow
35 to 40 organic plants within an area that is smaller than 2 square feet using several different
planting systems to do so. Shawna will also show full-color photos featuring her extensive
front lawn vegetable organic garden and will discuss her creative sustainable ideas for organic
soil maintenance, water collection, sustainable and artful reuse of around-the-house items as
vertical wall systems. She will also give suggestions for where to deliver your over abundance
of vegetables - Shawna donates over 100 pounds of food every season to the local food
pantry. At the end of her speech, she will have a PRIZE GIVE-AWAY to give a few amazing
garden items away to attendees.

 
1:00 PM
On Location Across the Nation – How Green is Your Valley?
Evelyn Alemanni
The beauty of a town affects people’s desire to live there, even make movies there. You’ll hear
about America in Bloom towns where celebrities live, work and play, and also what the towns
are doing to encourage them.

 
1:30 PM
How to Grow More Veggies and Fruit Organically
Lisa Mosca, PHS

 
2:00 PM
Bringing Back the Butterflies
Rick Mikula, Hole in Hand Butterfly Farm
Want to upgrade your garden to make it more butterfly friendly?  Learn how with tips and
ideas that will not only attract butterflies but nurture them as well.

5:00 PM
Tinker Bell and Beyond: Fairy Gardens Meets the Movies
Claire Jones, Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC
Always wanted to make a fairy garden but never knew where to start? Join us to see what it
takes to create a miniature world for your favorite movie characters with some basic supplies
and fairy dust!

 
6:00 PM
Truth About Cats & Dogs & Lawn Chemicals
Bernadette Giblin, Safeground Organic Landcare
Join Bernadette Giblin for an informative look at the health effects of lawn chemicals from a
pet’s perspective. She’ll demonstrate the simple steps to make any lawn safe and beautiful for
people, pets and planet.

 

Sunday, March 1

10:00 AM
How to Grow 35 to 40 Organic Plants Within a 2-Foot-Square Garden
Helen Yoest, Gardening With Confidence®
Shawna Coronado talks about the easy way to grow vertically and demonstrates how to grow
35 to 40 organic plants within an area that is smaller than 2 square feet using several different
planting systems to do so. Shawna will also show full-color photos featuring her extensive
front lawn vegetable organic garden and will discuss her creative sustainable ideas for organic
soil maintenance, water collection, sustainable and artful reuse of around-the-house items as
vertical wall systems. She will also give suggestions for where to deliver your over abundance
of vegetables - Shawna donates over 100 pounds of food every season to the local food
pantry. At the end of her speech, she will have a PRIZE GIVE-AWAY to give a few amazing
garden items away to attendees.

 
10:00 AM
Organic Answers to your Toughest Garden Questions

 
10:00 AM
Learn to Grow a Straw Bale Garden
Joel Karsten
Learn to grow a bountiful garden without using soil, herbicides or insecticides and with no
weeding! Learn to plant a wide variety of vegetables, root crops, vine crops, and even beautiful

flowers, directly into conditioned straw bales.  Any backyard, concrete patio, rooftop or
driveway, can become a productive garden space with Straw Bale Gardening.

11:00 AM
Stormwater Management in Cities and Your Home – How to Capture Stormwater Runoff with
Rain Barrels and Downspout Planters
Zachary Popkin, PHS
In cities like Philadelphia, impervious surfaces (roofs, streets, etc.) generate stormwater runoff
that can overburden sewer systems and lead to severe water quality issues.  Learn how to
manage stormwater runoff on a small scale using stormwater management practices that are
currently offered for free or at reduced costs through the Philadelphia Water Department and
PHS’ Rain Check program.

 
11:00 AM
Handmade Habitat Garden: Sponsored by Subaru
Rhiannon Crain, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
What do you get when you cross gardening, birds, and crafts? A handmade habitat garden! 
Come learn some simple crafts and techniques to make a garden more wildlife friendly!
Sponsored By:  Subaru

 
11:00 AM
16 Common Tree Problems:  Identifying Problems and Exploring Solutions
Rob Beidman, Bartlett Tree Experts
Certified arborist Robert Beideman with Bartlett Tree Experts will discuss the most common
tree and shrub related problems.  This discussion will help homeowners identify these
problems and explore solutions to improve the health, safety, and beauty of your landscape.

 
11:00 AM
Making the World a Healthier Place, Starting in Your Yard
Neil Hendrickson, PhD, Bartlett Tree Labs
Healthy soils are the basis of healthy plants and healthy landscapes, but we still don't know
much about keeping them that way.  Join Dr. Neil Hendrickson to learn about simple things
you can do in your yard to make your soils and plants healthy and sustainable.
Sponsored By:  Bartlett Tree Experts

 
11:00 AM
The Dirt on Potting Soil
Mark Highland, The Organic Mechanics Soil Company, LLC,
Explore the what and why behind the scenes of locally made potting soils. Learn why
ingredients in potting soil make all the difference for your garden and the planet.

 
11:00 AM
Holly, Wood, and Vine!
Christine Holt, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
“Elizabeth Taylor”,” Bob Hope”, and  ”Snow White” are just a few rose celebrities that might
meet you every summer morning! Learn how you can include a little “Hollywood Style” in your
garden through a selection of plants and design ideas. Tips and simple solutions on how to
keep roses, dahlias, and favorite plants looking their best!

11:00 AM
Epic Tomato Growing Techniques
Craig LeHoullier
From planting seed to tasting and seed saving, Craig will share tips and tricks learned during
his 30 years growing tomatoes. With live demos, each attendee will leave with new ideas and
something for their own gardens.

 
11:00 AM
Not Your Average House Plant!
Karl Gercens, Longwood Gardens, Inc.
Passionate gardeners love to grow incredible plants every day of the year in every available
spot.  Let’s look at some of the newer cultivars of our familiar favorites that perform well in
the home.

 
1:00 PM
Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & Veggies in Your Garden
Helen Yoest, Gardening With Confidence®
Discover which common garden plants and favorite edibles have that something extra, and
why. Plants With Benefits is about growing tips and recipes for preparing teas, potions, and
tasty treats for your pleasurable use.  Helen will be signing her new book, Plants With
Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & Veggies in Your
Garden, following her talk.

 
1:00 PM
PHS: The Power of Partnerships
Community Partners
The Philadelphia Flower Show is just the tip of the PHS iceberg. Come learn about PHS’s
programs across the region, and the vital community partnerships that make those programs
work. PHS staff and partners will be on hand to illuminate the gardening, greening and
learning that happens throughout the year.

 
1:00 PM
Gardeners in Poison Ivy Land
Umar Mycka, Poison Ivy Horticulturist Inc.
Nothing strikes fear into a homeowner’s gardening heart more than the threat of a terrible
poison ivy rash.  Get this garden “party-pooper” out of your backyard, learn the latest on this
vital issue with nationally known poison ivy removal specialist, Umar Mycka, then relax and
look forward to a great gardening season .

 
1:00 PM
The Truth about Bonsai, Outside of the Movies
Randall D. Naftal, Pennsylvania Bonsai Society
Bonsai are such attractive little trees!  Randall Naftal will reveal the special techniques you
need to invite one into your home and keep it healthy.

1:00 PM
The Bounty Outside Your Door: Plant a Kitchen Garden Naturally
Lorraine Kiefer, Triple Oaks Nursery, Herb Garden and Florist
Natural kitchen gardens  provide vegetables herbs, and edible flowers as well as physical and
spiritual well being. They have long been an intregal part of life.

 
1:00 PM
Young Tree Pruning
John Studdy, Bartlett Tree Experts
Learn how to structurally prune your smaller trees and avoid storm damage in your mature
trees.
Sponsored By:  Bartlett Tree Experts

 
2:00 PM
Common Tree and Shrub Pests of the Delaware Valley
David Helliar, Bartlett Tree Experts
Bring your questions for this review of Common Insect and Disease Pests that affect
landscape trees and shrubs in the Delaware Valley.  You'll hear descriptions of the pests and
the damage caused to host plants and learn possible treatments or preventative measures.
Sponsored By:  Bartlett Tree Experts

 
2:00 PM
Multiplying Your Perennials
Ruth Clausen
Tom Christopher
Propagation – starting new plants from a mother plant or from seed  – is more than a money
saver; it’s also a way to reinvigorate aging plants and return them to peak bloom.  Best of all,
it’s easy and fun.   Ruth Rogers Clausen and Thomas Christopher (co-authors of Essential
Perennials, the new encyclopedic guide from Timber Press ) will share the basics of increasing
perennials by cuttings from different plant parts, and for starting them from seed. Learn some
tricks of the trade for dividing overgrown or pot-bound plants into two, three, or more new
specimens. Take home handouts specifying the best techniques for propagating a range of
popular perennials.

 
2:00 PM
Cultivating Garden Style with Rochelle Greayer
Rochelle Greayer
This talk will help you bring your personal style into the garden. Take a look at your own tastes
outside of the garden, and find how to translate them into it!

 
2:00 PM
How to Use Bulbs to Produce Your Own Wintertime Flower Show
Art Wolk
Learn how to use bulbs every year to fill your wintertime home with dazzling springtime
flowers.

2:00 PM
Dancing With The Stars -- Plant Stars, That Is!
Nicholas Staddon, Monrovia
Join Nicholas Staddon, Director of New Plants for Monrovia as he shepherds us through a
selection of stunning plants, some will be appearing in person, and others on the silver
screen, many named after movie stars. Something for everyone. The presentation will include a
very special section on plant discovery, including a recent trip to Asia showing never before
seen pictures.

 
2:00 PM
The Great Healthy Yard Project, Our Yards, Our Children, Our Responsibility
Diane Lewis, The Great Healthy Yard Project
Our goal is beautiful yards without synthetic chemicals. The most widespread problem facing
our drinking water is pollution by the chemicals we use on our yards and gardens, so the
more people who pledge to care for their yards without the use of synthetic chemicals, the
cleaner our drinking water will be.

 
2:00 PM
The Prickly Ones: Growing Cacti and Other Succulents
Gerald Barad, Philadelphia Cactus and Succulent Society
Cacti and succulents come in so many interesting and attractive varieties.  Learn about
propagation and easy care tips in this informative session.  Walk away with a cutting from an
award-winning succulent.

 
3:00 PM
The Right-Size Flower Garden: Exceptional Plants and Design Solutions for Aging and Time-
Pressed Gardeners
Kerry Ann Mendez

 
3:00 PM
Home Conservation Gardening;How to Get More Out of Your Garden While Putting Less Into It.  
Joe Lamp'l, The Joe Gardener Company
Get more out of your garden while putting less into it. Joe Lamp’l shares the most important
keys to creating a thriving garden and landscape while conserving and protecting resources.
Sponsored By:  Subaru

 
3:00 PM
Digging Deep: How Playing With Flowers Can Unearth Your Creative Roots In The Garden
Fran Sorin, Fran Sorin by Design
In this interactive workshop, Fran Sorin will use one of the most popular exercises from her
book, "Digging Deep", to show how playing with flowers is an excellent tool for unearthing
your creative roots in the garden (as well as teaching you garden design principles and
mindfulness). Be prepared to have fun!

3:00 PM
Designing as a Team- The Good, the Bad, or Just the Ugly?
Nicole and Matt Juday
John Gatti, Barnes Foundation
What happens when a professional artist and a professional gardener with totally different
visions put their heads together to collaborate on a floral and container design? The results
are definitely surprising, and if they can use principles of both art and horticulture to
communicate their ideas, also inspiring.

 
3:00 PM
Horrible Horticulture: Monster Plants in the Movies
Louise Krasniewicz
From the murderous Martian carrot in The Thing from Another World and the walking bushes
in The Day of the Triffids to Audrey the carnivorous potted plant in Little Shop of Horrors,
movies are rich with plants that attack, kill, or eat humans. See clips about these delightful and
weird monsters (and more) in this exploration of the horrible horticulture found in popular
movies.

 
4:00 PM
Just Migrating Through: A Birds' Eye View of a Garden -- Sponsored by Subaru
Rhiannon Crain, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Do you know which birds may visit your garden as they
migrate through Philly? Come learn about the intrepid travelers you may catch a glimpse of
during Spring migration and how you can help these birds survive and thrive right in your own
backyard.
Sponsored By:  Subaru

 
4:00 PM
Houseplants Jumping Hoops
Tovah Martin
To prove yet again that houseplants can have pizzazz, Tovah Martin plants container mini-
gardens using plants you never thought of as roommates. Plus, we’ll do some houseplant
hand-holding—come with your questions.

 
4:00 PM
Dealing with Deer and Other Mammal Pests in Your Garden
Kathy Jentz, Washington Gardener Magazine

 
4:00 PM
3-D Printed Art of Flowers: Preserving the Rare and Beautiful
Darlene Farris-LaBar, East Stroudsburg University
Art, Science and Technology are brought together with 3D printed flowers by artist, Darlene
Farris-LaBar. Farris-LaBar will present her work and research of preserving the natural world
through 3D printing.

5:00 PM
Gardening in Miniature: Different Ways to Grow
Janit Calvo, Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center
Miniature garden expert and author Janit Calvo will dig deeper into this emerging hobby while
showing you how to put together a miniature garden that can be enjoyed for years, just like
your full-sized garden. The difference between the Miniature Garden Settings display and true
miniature gardening will be demonstrated and discussed, as well as design ideas, miniature
techniques and ways to enjoy the different scales of miniature gardens in your home and
garden.

 
5:00 PM
Organic Answers to your Toughest Garden Questions
Mike McGrath
Mike McGrath, host of Public Radio's "You Bet Your Garden" will prove he doesn't research
the answers ahead of time for his show as he delivers the answers to your questions live, on
the spot, no books; no search engines. You bring the questions; Mike will deliver the answers
(or maybe try and change the topic)!

 
5:00 PM
"Organic Answers to your Toughest Garden Questions

 
5:00 PM
How the Seeds of Art Sow Cities That Bloom: Art and Storytelling in the Garden
Lindsay Curren
Staunton, Virginia-based artist Lindsay Curren presents her latest work-in-process, "31 Days
of Urban Agriculture," a series of linoleum block prints depicting traditional and
contemporary gardening and food cultivation in cities. While showing specific examples from
her block print series, and doing a printing demonstration, she'll discuss why urban
agriculture is making a comeback, and why individuals and communities should be excited
about this!

 
6:00 PM
PHS: The Power of Partnerships
Community Partners
The Philadelphia Flower Show is just the tip of the PHS iceberg. Come learn about PHS’s
programs across the region, and the vital community partnerships that make those programs
work. PHS staff and partners will be on hand to illuminate the gardening, greening and
learning that happens throughout the year.

6:00 PM
PHS: The Power of Partnerships
Community Partners
The Philadelphia Flower Show is just the tip of the PHS iceberg. Come learn about PHS’s
programs across the region, and the vital community partnerships that make those programs
work. PHS staff and partners will be on hand to illuminate the gardening, greening and
learning that happens throughout the year.

 
6:00 PM
Stopping Storm Water Runoff at Your Home
Mark Antunes, EP Henry
Learn the basics of permeable paver design and construction that you can do on your
property to capture rain water and prevent storm water runoff.
Sponsored By:  EP Henry

 
7:00 PM
Stopping Storm Water Runoff at Your Home
Mark Antunes, EP Henry
Learn the basics of permeable paver design and construction that you can do on your
property to capture rain water and prevent storm water runoff.
Sponsored By:  EP Henry

 
7:00 PM
Extending the Growing Season While Using Organic Practices
Lisa Mosca, PHS

 
EVENTS
Black Tie Preview Party Join us for an unbelievable party! The 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Preview Party is an exclusive, first look at the fanciful flowers, luscious landscapes, and dare-to-dream designs of "Celebrate the Movies" before it opens to the public. Feb 27, 2015 7:00 PM
LGBT Party G Philly and The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society invite you to get your fabulous on at a fun mix-and-mingle for the LGBT community at the 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. Enjoy an evening of creative cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and special surprises. Mar 1, 2015 4:00 PM
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