New Jersey Flower & Garden Show

February 23, 24, 25 & 26

Thursday 1:00PM - 8:00PM

Friday 10:00AM - 8:00PM

Saturday 10:00AM - 8:00PM

Sunday 10:00AM - 6:00PM


NJ Convention & Expo Center

Edison, NJ

Demonstrations

Title: Yes, They Really Are Dried Flowers
When: Friday 11:30am

For nearly 30 years, Cathy Miller’s exquisite dried flower arrangements filled the rooms of one of the most famous residences in the world – the White House.

Cathy had the distinction of serving as the White House’s dried floral arranger through five administrations, from Presidents Carter to Bush.   First Lady Nancy Regan once told Cathy, "Your creations bring special joy to all who are fortunate enough to see them.”

Since those days, Cathy has written several books, earned many awards and continues to present her arrangements at flower shows across the country.

We are especially pleased to have Cathy join us for her demo and presentation “Yes, They Really ARE Dried Flower.”  Cathy will show you how most of your garden flowers can be preserved to enjoy all year long.   Watch as she recreates a stunning replica one of her 68 White House creations.   After, Cathy will be on hand to sign and sell copies of her award-winning book, "Harvesting, Preserving & Arranging Dried Flowers"  

For more about Cathy Miller, visit www.dryingflowers.com

Cathy Miller


Title: The Fabulous Flower Container Challenge
When: Saturday 3:30pm

Get ready for an epic battle as two Garden Club of New Jersey members square off to create the best looking flower containers!  If you think a couple of red geraniums and some petunias are going to cut it, think again!

Overseeing the challenge will be Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens and adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture Department at Rutgers University.  While our contestants give their planters panache, Bruce will discuss what type of containers work best, ideal soil conditions, color combos, and more.  The winning container will be determined by the audience!

Bruce Crawford


Title: Dueling Designers
When: Friday 12:30pm, Saturday 11:30am

Get ready for some serious “Flower Power!”   The Garden Club of New Jersey presents “Dueling Designers,” a showdown of floral design skills.  Two accredited Flower Show judges will be challenged to create two stunning, yet distinctive designs using the same floral materials and components.  During the challenge, emcee Susan O’Donnell of the Community Garden Club of Hunterdon County will discuss the basics of floral design and answer questions from the audience.   The final designs will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the Garden Club of New Jersey special projects. 

Don’t miss this epic showdown happening both Friday AND Saturday.

Friday’s challengers: Barbara Mullin of Rake and Hoe Garden Club of Westfield and Teddie Falcone of the Garden Club of Long Valley

Saturday’s challengers: Marina Kerber of the Navesink Garden Club and Linda Williams of the Community Garden Club of Hunterdon County

Susan O'Donnell


Title: Mixed Borders
When: Sunday 12:30pm

Do you wish your garden borders had more color, more plant variety, more…pizzazz?   Creating a border isn't difficult if you break it down into its basic elements -- from accent colors and layering to shrubs and herbaceous plants!

Join Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens and adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture Department at Rutgers University as he offers examples and design suggestions to provide you with a more intriguing garden with year-round appeal!

Bruce Crawford


Title: Designing With Natives
When: Sunday 11:30am

Native plants (species that grow in a region without human introduction) not only add beauty to New Jersey landscapes, they offer environmental and economic benefits as well.

By planting with natives, we create habitats for native wildlife, conserve water, reduce the impacts of fertilizers and more.   More importantly, our yards become places where nature can thrive, and our awareness of nature grows.  New Jersey’s native plants help us to feel at home.

Join Laurel Von Gerichten, APLD, to discover how native plants restore biodiversity while creating true “Garden State” beauty to your home gardens.

Laurel Von Gerichten


Title: Decorating with Edible Flowers
When: Saturday 1:30pm

After falling out of favor for many years, cooking and decorating with edible flowers is back in style once again. And nowhere is this more apparent than with cake decorating.

Fresh flowers can add a beautiful, vibrant quality to cakes, whether it's for a formal wedding or a fun birthday party.

Join the pastry making masters from Raritan Bakery and watch them design and assemble a five-tier wedding cake adorned with truly stunning and completely edible flowers!

Joe Coyle


Title: Growing Vegetables in New Jersey Gardens
When: Saturday 4:30pm

Vegetable gardens are more popular than ever, with homeowners enjoying the satisfaction of putting freshly picked food on the table.   But it can also be a challenge to keep your plants in peak form and ready to produce crisp, delicious vegetables.

Catch Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens and adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture Department at Rutgers University, as he discusses various vegetable groups (tomato, legumes, roots and shoots and the cucumber family), planting and maintenance, best soil techniques and more.

Bruce Crawford


Title: Who Should I Hire?
When: Friday 4:30pm

You’re finally ready to landscape your property but don’t know where to begin.  Should you hire a landscape or garden designer, an architect or try to do the work yourself?  What about licenses, registrations and certifications -- are they required for landscaping?  How do you know if the company you’re considering even has the proper qualifications?

Award winning landscape designer and green industry expert, Jody Shilan, MLA, has the answers to these questions and many more.   Join Jody as he discusses the various options available to homeowners and helps you decide who you should hire.

Jody Shilan


Title: Feed Your Lawn…AND Your Soil
When: Saturday 5:30pm

With spring right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about making this season's gorgeous lawn a reality!  But grass is only one part of the equation: without healthy soil, that perfect lawn simply isn't going to happen!

Join Rich Imlay of Jonathan Green Lawn Care as he explains how feeding your soil is just as important as feeding your lawn.  Discover how healthy microbial populations, proper PH, calcium levels and integrating organics and synthetics all help to build the foundation for the kind of lawn that will have your neighbors seeing green (with envy).

Rich Imlay


Title: Designing Stunning Plant Centerpieces
When: Friday 3:30pm

Give some glamor to your table arrangements by adding live plants as centerpieces. Whether it’s a simple family dinner, a bridal shower or backyard party, the extra burst of green or vibrant colors from live plants give your tables an unforgettable look.

Watch Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens and adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture Department at Rutgers University, as he takes simple plants -- succulents, ferns, bromeliads, begonias and others you keep on your windowsill -- and creates gorgeous centerpieces  

Bruce Crawford


Title: Protecting Honey Bees And Other Pollinators
When: Saturday 12:30pm

You’ve heard the buzz: honey bee populations are declining.  In recent years, bee population losses have more than doubled.  While scientists try to sort out what’s happening, average homeowners may be wondering what they can do to help protect not only bees, but other animals that are critical for plant pollination.

Join Joe Alvarez of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association and Loretta Cheswick, co-owner of Long Note Farm, to learn what steps New Jersey residents can take to help bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators -- from garden designs to limiting pesticide use.

Joe Alvarez     Loretta Cheswick


Title: Introduction to Forestry (Forestry 101)
When: Friday 5:30pm

What is Forestry?  It’s the study of the interaction of climate, soils and rocks, water, animals, (including insects and fungi) and plants as the defining elements of a natural forest.   But it’s also being responsible for the management of these components and helping to preserve the natural balance of the forest and the life forms existing in it.

Meet John Hooven of the NJ Forestry Association to learn more about the importance of forestry.  Attendees will also receive a free copy of the very informative book "My Healthy Woods" (Please note: limited quantities: first come, first served)


Title: Choosing a Landscape Designer to Meet Your Needs
When: Friday 1:30pm

Choosing a landscape designer can seem intimidating. As with hiring any professional, you want to choose the person that is best for you, your home and your project.

Join David DeFrange of the New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association for tips on finding the right landscape designer, making sure they have the right credentials, and ensuring the job gets done right the first time.


Title: Do-It-Yourself: Three Easy Garden Projects
Presenter: Pam Ruch
When: Sunday 2:30pm

Join this fast-moving tutorial and you’ll go home knowing how to fix that leaky hose, sharpen those dull pruners, and build a bamboo trellis!


Title: An Introduction to Pruning for Home Gardeners
Presenter: Marc Montefusco
When: Friday 2:30pm

 

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