Lectures & Demos


Garden writers, specialty plant experts, landscape professionals, master gardeners, local chefs and the Show’s talented exhibitors share their expertise at the 2015 Boston Flower & Garden Show in a full program of daily lectures, how-to demos, floral arranging workshops, and cooking demonstrations.

Special thanks to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the Cass School of Floral Design.

Check out the schedule below!


Wednesday, March 11


11:00 AM MUSIC Sweet Adelines: Tempo Tantrum Quartet
11:30 AM LECTURE Gardening is Murder: A Hilarious Look at Gardening from a Husband’s Point of View
Neal Sanders, The Principal Undergardener
12:00 PM DEMO Designing Your Herb Garden to Meet Your Needs
Betsy-Ann Golon, Garden Speaker, University of Maine, Co-operative Extension
12:30 PM LECTURE Celebrity Pots
Deborah Trickett, Owner, The Captured Garden
1:00 PM DEMO Enchanted Forest: The Traditional Mass Floral Design Re-Imagined
Kristen VanDijk, Proprietor, MyPassionflower
1:30 PM LECTURE

Edible Landscaping
John Forti, Director of Horticulture & Education, Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Presented by:

2:00 PM MUSIC Sweet Adelines: Tempo Tantrum Quartet
2:30 PM LECTURE The Magic of Spring Bulbs
Betty Sanders, Garden Lecturer & Master Gardener
3:00 PM DEMO Flower Arranging
Lisa Greene, Martin’s Flowers & Gifts
3:30 PM LECTURE Hip, Hip Hydrangeas
Andi Ross, Landscape Designer & Garden Coach, It’s Nature’s Way

Thursday, March 12


11:00 AM MUSIC Sweet Adelines: Sound Waves Quartet
11:30 AM LECTURE Spectacular & Hardy Rhododendrons for New England
Mark Tavish, Eastern Plant Specialties & Wildwalkways
12:00 PM DEMO How to Make Green Cleaning Products from Your Garden Herbs
Betsy-Ann Golon, Garden Speaker, University of Maine, Co-operative Extension
12:30 PM LECTURE Diagnosing Your Veggie Problems
Danielle Sherry, Sr. Editor, Fine Gardening Magazine
1:30 PM LECTURE

Evolving Landscapes on the Greenway: A New Vision for the North End Parks
Anthony Ruggiero, Hort Foreman & Darrah Cole, Horticulturist, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

2:00 PM MUSIC Sweet Adelines: Curb Appeal Quartet
2:30 PM LECTURE Kitchen Herb Gardening
Jean Andersen, Garden Coach, Garden Sense
3:00 PM DEMO Pruning 101
Joe Biagioni, Arborist, Arbor Alliance
3:30 PM LECTURE

Secrets for Gardeners: Understanding How Plants Grow
Judith Sumner, Botanist, Educator and Garden Writer

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Friday, March 13


11:00 AM DEMO Innovative Tabletop Floral Designs
John Sexton, Owner, Village Arts & Flowers
11:30 AM LECTURE Passion for Peonies
Kathleen Gagan, Owner, Peony’s Envy
12:00 PM DEMO Art in Bloom: Floral Arranging from the MFA’s Signature Celebration of Spring
Margo Pullman, Sharon Lourie & Martha Coates, Museum Associates
12:30 PM LECTURE Herbs, Greens & Aromatics
Ellen Ecker Ogden, Garden Writer
1:00 PM DEMO Unique Condiments from Your Herb Garden: Mustards, Vinegars & More
Betsy-Ann Golon, Garden Speaker, University of Maine, Co-operative Extension
1:30 PM LECTURE Gardening with a Generous Nature
Kristin Green, Interpretive Horticulturist, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
2:30 PM LECTURE 25 Fabulous Roses
Mike & Angelina Chute, Owners, RoseSolutions
3:30 PM LECTURE

Fairy Houses in the Garden
Tracy Kane, Author & Illustrator

Presented by:

4:30 PM LECTURE

Stems and Stones: A Love Story
Samantha Best, Owner & Senior Designer, Magma Design Group and Neil Best, Landscape Architect & Stonemason, Magma Design Group


Saturday, March 14


10:30 AM LECTURE Planting the Northeast Garden
Andrew Keys, Author, Planting the Northeast Garden
11:00 AM DEMO Cooking from the Garden
Raymond Ost, Executive Chef, Wilson Farm
11:00 AM MUSIC Sweet Adelines, RNH Show Chorus
11:30 AM LECTURE

Fairy Houses in the Garden
Tracy Kane, Garden Writer & Illustrator
Presented by:

12:00 PM DEMO Cooking from the Garden
Raymond Ost, Executive Chef, Wilson Farm
12:30 PM LECTURE Express Yourself: Cultivating Garden Style
Rochelle Graeyer, Author, Cultivating Garden Style and Founder/Editor, Pith + Vigor magazine
1:00 PM DEMO Ikebana
Tomoko Tanaka, Ikebana Intl
1:30 PM LECTURE

Creating a Bio-Dynamic Homestead
Christopher Keohane, Owner, Northshore Organics

2:00 PM DEMO Beekeeping Basics
Sean Smith & Alia Marinone, Beekeepers, The Best Bees Company
2:30 PM LECTURE Fairy Houses in the Garden
Tracy Kane, Garden Writer & Illustrator

Presented by:

3:00 PM DEMO Pruning 101
Joe Biagioni, Arborist, Arbor Alliance
3:30 PM LECTURE

Coffee for Roses: Myths, Lies & All the Latest Dirt
C.L. Fornari, Garden Writer & Radio Host of WRKO’s "The Garden Lady"

4:00 PM DEMO Cooking with Uncle Steve
Steve Schirripa, Actor, TV Host & Foodie
4:30 PM LECTURE

Stems and Stones: A Love Story
Samantha Best, Owner & Senior Designer, Magma Design Group and Neil Best, Landscape Architect & Stonemason, Magma Design Group


Sunday, March 15


10:30 AM LECTURE

Heirloom Seeds
Ken Greene, Founder, Hudson Valley Seed Library

Presented by:

11:00 AM DEMO Small Space Organic Vegetable Gardening
Paul Split, Horticultural Lecturer
11:00 AM MUSIC Sweet Adelines, Avant Garde Quartet
11:30 AM LECTURE Local Blooms for Local Brides
Trish Wesley Umbrell, Natick Community Organic Farm
12:00 PM DEMO Seed Starting & Propogation
Paul Split, Horticultural Lecturer
12:30 PM LECTURE The Right-Size Flower Garden: Simplify Your Outdoor Space with Smart Design Solutions & Plant Choices
Kerry Ann Mendez, Owner, Perennially Yours
1:30 PM LECTURE Passing Along the Passion
Wayne Mezitt, Chairman, Massachusetts Horticultural Society & Weston Nurseries

Presented by:

2:00 PM DEMO Crafting with Beeswax
Sophie Chaney & Raewyn Fairless, Beekeepers, The Best Bees Company
2:00 PM MUSIC Sweet Adelines: 42 North Quartet
2:30 PM LECTURE

What’s New for 2015
Barbara Pierson, Nursery Manager, White Flower Farm

Presented by:

3:30 PM LECTURE The Basics of Rose Growing
Irwin Ehrenreich, The Rose Man