Lectures & Demos

Distinguished garden writers, renowned landscape professionals, master gardeners, local chefs and the Show’s talented exhibitors shared their expertise at the 2014 Boston Flower & Garden Show in a full program of daily lectures, how-to demos, floral arranging workshops, children’s activities and cooking demonstrations. From America’s fascination with the English Garden to “how to” tips on saving money (and the Earth) by using local flowers in your wedding bouquet, many of the show’s programs will took their inspiration from the 2014 Show theme, Romance in the Garden. Sessions covered topics including vegetable gardening, peonies, bonsai, roses, Ikebana, and ornamental grasses.

Special thanks to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the Landscape Institute at Boston Architectural College. The Boston Flower & Garden Show is proud of its affiliation with these fine horticultural organizations and we look forward to presenting a showcase of their expertise in 2015.

We’ll be adding lecture and seminar topics for the 2015 Show as soon as they become available, but in the meantime you can check out all the fascinating topics that were offered in 2014 below!

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Wednesday, March 12th

11:00AM Demo: Bee-Friendly Gardening Jacqueline Beaupre, Beekeeper, The Best Bees Company
11:30AM The Exuberant Perennial Garden Laura Eisener, Faculty at The Landscape Institute at the BAC
12:00PM Demo: Opposites Attract: Using Contrast to Create Dynamic Gardens & Containers Deborah Trickett, The Captured Garden
Fine Gardening Danielle Sherry at the Boston Flower & Garden Show 12:30PM Lecture: Falling Back in Love with Your Tomatoes Danielle Sherry, Sr. Editor Fine Gardening Magazine
1:00PM Tiptoe Through the Tulips: Romantic Designs Using Tulips Kirstin van Dijk, My Passionflower
1:30PM Lecture: Landscaping Ideas That Work Julie Moir Messervy, Julie Moir Messervy Design Studios
2:30PM Lecture: Sustainable Lawns – A Backyard Revolution Tom Christopher, Owner, SmartLawns
3:00PM Demo: Roses! Roses! Roses! Manuel Mendes, New England Rose Society
3:30PM Lecture: Romance & the Rain Garden Amanda Sloan, Board Member, Ecological Landscaping Association

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Thursday, March 13

11:00AM Demo: Romantic Floral Arrangements Inspried by the English Gardens John Sexton, Village Arts & Flowers
11:30AM Lecture: Romancing the Site: Inspiration from a World of Gardens Nan Sinton, MS, FLS, Faculty at the Landscape Institute at the BAC, Owner Sinton & Michener
12:00PM Demo: Cooking With Honey Jacqueline Beaupre, Beekeeper, The Best Bees Company
12:30PM Lecture: Fragrance in the Garden Betty Sanders, Garden Lecturer & Master Gardener
1:00PM Demo: Art In Bloom: Floral Arranging from the MFA’s Signature Celebration of Spring Museum Associates
1:30PM Lecture: Flower Photography at Home Don Toothtaker & Bob Ring, New England Photo Workshops
2:30PM Lecture: Three Seasons of Outrageous Color from Perennials Kerry Ann Mendez, Perennially Yours
3:00PM Demo: Pruning 101 Joe Biagioni, The Arbor Alliance
3:30PM Lecture: Landscape for Life Mark Richardson, Director of Horticulture, New England Wild Flower Society
4:30PM Lecture: Plant Invaders: Preventing Invasives from Colonizing Our Landscapes & Gardens Theresa Sprague, Ecological Landscaping Association

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Friday, March 14

11:30AM Romanticism in the Garden:
A Pictorial History
Pamela Hartford, Landscape Historian/Writer, The Landscape Institute at BAC
11:00AM Demo: Hand-tied Spring Bouquet in a Vase Lisa Greene, Martin’s Flowers & Gifts
12:00PM Living Wall Gardens Joann Vieira, Director of Horticulture, Tower Hill Botanic Garden
12:30PM Lecture: America’s Romance with the English Garden Thomas Mickey, Author and Garden Lecturer
1:00PM Demo: Making a Self-Watering Planter Susan Gauglimi, Garden Writer
1:30PM Lecture: Bringing the Awesome Every Day Lloyd Travern, Peace Tree Farm
2:00PM Demo: Herbs, Weddings & Romance Betsy Williams, Garden Lecturer
2:30PM From Brown to Green: Tips You Can Use from Wynn Everett’s Proposed Remediation Plan Chris Gordon, Land Remediation Expert
3:00PM Demo: The Real Dirt on Dirt Andi Ross, Garden Lecturer
3:30PM Lecture: Ornamental Grasses for the Northeast Nate McCullin, Horticulturist and Facilities Coordinator, New England Wild
4:00PM Demo: Big Impact Container Plantings Melanie Neuman, Fiori Secchi Gardens
4:30PM Lecture: Honey Bee Health & Urban Beekeeping Jacqueline Beaupre, Beekeeper, The Best Bees Company

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Saturday, March 15th

10:30AM Lecture: Made for Each Other: My Favorite Foliage Combinations Maria Von Brincken, Maria Von Brincken Landscape Design
11:30AM Lecture: The Salad Garden Ellen Ecker Ogden, Garden Writer
 Wilson Farm 12:00PM Cooking Demo: Recipes from the Garden Culinary Staff, Wilson Farms
12:30PM Lecture: David Austin’s English Roses for New England Gardens Mike and Angie Chute, Co-Owners, RoseSolutions
1:00PM Demo: Ikebana Tomoko Tamaka, Ikebana International
1:30PM Lecture: Are We Already Seeing the Effects of Climate Change in our Gardens? Carol Stocker, Presented by Design New England
 Wilson Farm 2:00PM Cooking Demo: Recipes from the Garden Culinary Staff, Wilson Farms
2:30PM Going Green: What Does It Really Signify? Marie Stella, Faculty at The Landscape Institute at the BAC
3:00PM Demo: Making a Self-Watering Planter Susan Gauglimi, Garden Writer
3:30PM Lecture: Creating Romance in the Garden with Fragrant Plants Barbara Pierson, White Flower Farm
4:00PM Demo: Pruning 101 Joe Biagioni, The Arbor Alliance

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Sunday, March 16th

10:30AM Lecture: Local Blooms for Local Brides & Grooms Trish Wesley Umbrell, Natick Community Organic Farm
11:00AM Cultivate Herbs in a Hanging Moss Basket Paul Split, Horticultural Lecturer
11:30AM Lecture: Passion for Peonies Kathleen Gagan, Owner, Peonys Envy
12:00PM Spice It Up with Herbal Vinaigrettes Paul Split, Horticultural Lecturer
12:30PM Lecture: Darwin’s Abominable Mystery: The Search for the First Flowering Plants William (Ned) Friedman, Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University
1:00PM Demo: Roses! Roses! Roses! Manuel Mendes Jr., New England Rose Society
1:30PM Lecture: Bobcats, Bromeliads and Bark Mulch: Backstage at the Boston Flower Show Tom Strangfeld, Landscape Designer
2:00PM Demo: Bonsai Les Lutz, Director of Horticulture, Heritage Museum & Gardens
2:30PM Getting the Most from Your Home Garden Design Heather Heimarck, ASLA, Director of The Landscape Institute at the BAC
3:00 PM Demo: Secrets of Organic Gardening Anita Dafonte, Regional Manager, Coast of Maine Organic Products
3:30PM Lecture: Heavenly Hydrangea for the Home Garden Joan Harrison, Cape Cod Hydrangea Society

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