New Jersey Flower & Garden Show

April 25, 26, 27 & 28, 2019

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

Below is the seminar schedule from the previous event.

The new seminar schedule will be posted 8 weeks prior to this event.

Seminars

Friday


Title: Soil Testing
When: Friday 11am

Soil testing is a valuable tool in managing the mineral nutrition of your garden’s soil and ensuring healthy growth of your plants and crops.   While soil-testing kits are available in many garden stores, they don’t always provide full details, particularly when it comes to the levels of lime your garden needs.   Fortunately, Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Soil Testing Laboratory offers this service to New Jersey residents. 

Join Stephanie Murphy, Ph.D. and Director of the department for an in-depth conversation on soil testing, including how to submit samples, understanding the results, and more!

Stephanie Murphy


Title: Happy Hydrangeas: A Plant for Every Garden
When: Friday 12pm

Hydrangeas rank among the easiest and most versatile of plants that gardeners can add to their home landscape.  The challenge (as with any group of plants) is how to properly select, care and prune them so that they reward both the gardener and the garden! 

Join Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens and adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture Department at Rutgers University, to learn about some of the exciting Hydrangea varieties hardy to New Jersey, pruning techniques and how to combine them with other plants, ensuring multiple seasons of garden enjoyment.

Bruce Crawford


Title: Beautiful Edibles
When: Friday 1pm

Whether incorporating edible elements into an existing landscape or creating a space dedicated to food production, these plants offer an exciting palette for the adventurous gardener.  Explore the role of edibles in achieving beautiful design.  There's an edible for every garden niche!  We will enjoy the delicious beauty of trees, shrubs, vines, annuals, and perennials.

Laura Roberts


Title: Deer Control
When: Friday 2pm

No one could imagine that in the span of 100 years, the white-tailed deer population in the mid-Atlantic would go from wholly non-existent to nearly uncontainable.  Unfortunately, the current over-population has led to dramatic changes to our local ecosystem, with possible long-term consequences.   Meanwhile, New Jersey homeowners feel helpless to save the aesthetics and value of their gardens and landscapes.

Join Christopher J Markham, President/Wildlife Biologist, New Jersey Deer Control for a look at the tumultuous relationship between the white-tailed deer population and New Jersey homeowners – and what you can do to protect both your garden and investment!

For more about New Jersey Deer Control, visit njdeercontrol.com

Chris Markham


Title: Perennials for Year Round Interest
When: Friday 5pm

Perennial plants are wonderful additions to your landscape.  Perennials not only feature flowers of every color imaginable year after year, thanks to their extensive root systems they also are extremely effective at preventing erosion.  Unfortunately, many of these plants remain unknown and unused by gardeners.  Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens, highlights some of the lesser known perennials that can extend and enhance the seasonal beauty of your garden.

Bruce Crawford

Saturday


Title: The Exotic World of Herbs and Spices
When: Saturday 11am

Explore the fascinating world of herbs and their unusual fragrances and flavors. This unique seminar will cover the lore and history of both common and unusual herbs known for their culinary attributes, scents and uses. Growing tips, requirements and the best culinary choices will be presented by David Hyde of Well-Sweep Herb Farm - known for one of the largest collections of herbs and perennials in the country.  Learn how easy and beneficial herbs are to grow and enjoy.  Come experience tasty basils, exotic jasmines, and many other herbal delights!

David Hyde


Title: Yes, They Really Are Dried Flowers
When: Saturday 12pm

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 Flowers.”  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 of 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: Making YOUR Yard Pollinator-Friendly
When: Saturday 1pm

Just about everyone interested in gardening has become aware of the plight of our pollinators. Would you like to improve your garden and property as a haven for these disappearing insects that are so vital for the reproduction of both wild and cultivated plants? Sharon Wander will show you what to plant and how to manage your home landscape to make it safer and more inviting for these indispensable and fascinating creatures. 

Sharon Wander is a partner, with her husband, Wade, in Wander Ecological Consultants, through which they investigate wetlands, conduct surveys for Threatened and Endangered species, and perform other environmental work. She has long been an active New Jersey naturalist, interested in birds, herptiles, plants, and of course, butterflies (as well as moths and other insects). She and Wade frequently lead field trips and present programs for the New Jersey Butterfly Club, of which Sharon is the current president.

Sharon Web


Title: Container Irrigation: A Plant Grower’s Best Friend
When: Saturday 3pm

For the average homeowner, keeping all your potted flowers and vegetables watered consistently can be a tiresome chore.  And let’s not even think about what happens if you forget even one day during those hot, summer months.

Join Tito Wee of Dragon Argo Products for this unique seminar and discover new tips, tools and technology that will result in plant growth up to 30% bigger than your hand-watered potted plants.  Whether you’re a novice or a horticultural professional, you won’t want to miss this discussion!

Tito Wee


Title: Southeast Asian Cooking Herbs
When: Saturday 4pm

Grow the flavors of Southeast Asia on your windowsill or in your garden. Join Patrick McDuffee of Well-Sweep Herb Farm in a presentation on Thai, Indian and Vietnamese varieties grown at the farm such as Curry-Leaf, Kaffir Lime and Pandan. Come learn culinary tips, health benefits and how to successfully grow these plant to enhance your cuisine and expand your palate.

Patrick McDuffee


Title: Gardens of the Garden State
When: Saturday 5pm

Come let Michael Gross, Director of the Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum tell you why New Jersey is the Garden State!

Michael Gross

Sunday


Title: Soil Testing
When: Sunday 11am

Soil testing is a valuable tool in managing the mineral nutrition of your garden’s soil and ensuring healthy growth of your plants and crops.   While soil-testing kits are available in many garden stores, they don’t always provide full details, particularly when it comes to the levels of lime your garden needs.   Fortunately, Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Soil Testing Laboratory offers this service to New Jersey residents. 

Join Stephanie Murphy, Ph.D. and Director of the department for an in-depth conversation on soil testing, including how to submit samples, understanding the results, and more!

Stephanie Murphy


Title: Deer Control
When: Sunday 12pm

No one could imagine that in the span of 100 years, the white-tailed deer population in the mid-Atlantic would go from wholly non-existent to nearly uncontainable.  Unfortunately, the current over-population has led to dramatic changes to our local ecosystem, with possible long-term consequences.   Meanwhile, New Jersey homeowners feel helpless to save the aesthetics and value of their gardens and landscapes.

Join Christopher J Markham, President/Wildlife Biologist, New Jersey Deer Control for a look at the tumultuous relationship between the white-tailed deer population and New Jersey homeowners – and what you can do to protect both your garden and investment!

For more about New Jersey Deer Control, visit njdeercontrol.com

Chris Markham


Title: Growing Roses in NJ
When: Sunday 1pm

Arguably the most popular flower in the world, the beauty and fragrance of roses are unsurpassed.   But growing these delicate plants can be a bit trying.  With the challenges of diseases, pests and maintenance schedules, many home gardeners have a love-hate relationship with their roses.  What’s a rose enthusiast to do?

Join Dr. Suni Bolar and Rafiq Bolar, award-winning rosarians, hybridizers and officers in the Jersey Shore Rose Society as they share their expertise on growing roses in New Jersey.  The Bolars will cover a multitude of important topics including pruning, fertilizing, winter protection, best varieties and more.   Whether you’re ready to plant your first rose bush or fiftieth, you won’t want to miss this!

Suni Bolar     Rafiq Bolar


Title: Easy From Seed
When: Sunday 2pm

Many flowers and vegetables grow better when sown directly in the garden! Pam Ruch of Garden State Gardens will talk about specific varieties and how to plant a no-fail garden from seed. Free sample seed packs to attendees!

Pam Ruch


Title: Lovely Lavender
When: Sunday 3pm

When it comes to fragrances, almost everyone is familiar with lavender.  Praised for its calming effects, lavender is used in many products, from face wash to hand cream.   Most people are unaware however that lavender has also been used to treat ailments including headaches, stomach issues and insomnia.

Join David Hyde of Well-Sweep Herb Farm as he discusses the origins and history of lavender, the best varieties, growing tips as well as the herb’s healing benefits.

David Hyde

 

Click here to print the demonstration and seminar schedule.