Workshops

DEMONSTRATION WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
BLUE RIBBON PAVILION

All workshops are free (plus ticket price) except those with materials fees noted below.
Purchase workshop tickets at the door or reserve with kristina@vnlavt.org.

Friday, March 3, 2023

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Kokodama Workshop.  Denyse Butler, Gardener’s Supply Company.  www.gardeners.com“Kokodama” is the Japanese word for moss ball. And it’s a style of potting plants by wrapping their roots with soil, twine and moss; then displaying them either on a pedestal or hanging with twine. Denyse will walk through how to make a kokodama moss ball to take home. Denyse has worked for the Gardener’s Supply Williston for 14 years. Starting as a seasonal employee in the greenhouse, she became conservatory lead and now is in her fourth year as the green goods sales manager Take home your own kokodama! Reserve ahead or buy tickets at the door, first come, first served.

Class size limited to 10.  $10 fee for supplies (in addition to the ticket price).

Noon – 1:00 AM

Friend or Foe? Invasive vs. Native Insect ID. Judy Rosovsky and Benjamin Dillner, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets VT-AAFM.  www.agriculture.vermont.gov/Judy and Ben will teach the differences between beneficial native insects and inimical invasive pests. With Powerpoints, flash cards and expertise, attendees will master insect identification skills and learn to tell the good ones bugs from the bad and from a few in-between. Judy is the state’s entomologist, working via the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring on a variety of forest health projects. Ben is the VT-AAFM state survey coordinator, after having worked as its nursery inspector and on the state’s mosquito program.

1:30-3:00 PM

Yes You Can Paint Flowers! Shanley Triggs, Shanley Triggs Art.  www.shanleytriggs.com.   Paint for pure enjoyment! Shanley will demonstrate and help others paint flowers, petals, leaves and more in watercolor. All levels including beginners are welcome. Take home an original floral painting.Ta-Da! Shanley “paints where she was planted.” She lives and teaches watercolor classes in Milton, not far from the dairy farm where she grew up. Reserve ahead or buy tickets at the door, first come, first served. Class size limited to 10 people age 16 or older.

$15 fee for supplies (in addition to the ticket price).

3:30-4:30 PM

Seed Starting 101.  Beth Gutwin, UVM Extension Master Gardener. www.uvm.edu/extension/mastergardener/extension-master-gardener-program.  Growing plants from seed is a fun and rewarding way to acquire hard-to-find plant varieties or to economize when raising larger quantities. Beth will give an overview of the seed-starting process — from planning to transplanting — along with helpful tips and best practices.

5:00-6:00 PM

Tree Pruning Basics .  Joanne Garton, Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program.  www.vtcommunityforestry.org/.  Learn basic tree biology, how and why to prune and review the most common tree pruning bloopers. Pictures, a hands-on review of pruning tool use and take-home guides to help practice tree pruning. Joanne job is to support the technical needs of Vermont communities working with trees in public ways and places. She collects data and shares information UCF program information. Joanne holds a BS in geology and architecture from McGill University and MS from the University of Vermont Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning program.

Saturday,  March 4, 2023

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Seed Starting 101.  Beth Gutwin, UVM Extension Master Gardener. www.uvm.edu/extension/mastergardener/extension-master-gardener-program.  Growing plants from seed is a fun and rewarding way to acquire hard-to-find plant varieties or to economize when raising larger quantities. Beth will give an overview of the seed-starting process — from planning to transplanting — along with helpful tips and best practices.

Noon – 1:00 PM

Grafting Fruit Trees.  Nicko Rubin, East Hill Tree Farm Nursery.   www.easthilltreefarm.com.     Join Nicko for a workshop on grafting and growing fruit trees. Learn the ancient art and science of propagating fruit trees. From scion and rootstock selection through planting out. The workshop will include discussion and demonstration of various bench grafting techniques and materials, and a chance for you to try your hand at making some grafts.

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Why Keep Bees and How to Get Started? Ross Conrad, Dancing Bee Gardens.   www.dancingbeegardens.com.  Ross promises to cover everything to get started as a beekeeper: cost, recommend reading, equipment, classes and general information. He will share beekeeping resources, tips and pitfalls to avoid, for those who choose to embark on an adventure with these magnificent pollinators. Ross is the author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2007) and keeps bees in Middlebury.

3:00 -4:00 PM

Distilling Herbs for Essential Oils and Hydrosol.  Rebecca Lindenmeyr, Farm Craft VT.  www.farmcraftvt.com/Rebecca will demonstrate and talk about how she and her family grow, harvests, prepares and distills herbs at Farm Craft VT. Don’t miss seeing the beautiful copper alembic still in action. Farm Craft grows more than 50 varieties of herbs, flowers, fruits and other botanicals on 15 acres in Shelburne, distills oils and hydrosols and creates all-natural oils, extractions and other products.

4:30-5:30 PM

Fundamentals of Sustainable Floral Design. Lezlee Sprenger of Narrow Path, LLC.  www.narrowpathvt.com.   Lezlee will demonstrate the basic mechanics for floral arranging and flower preparation, show how to create movement by layering colors and discuss ways to balance color with texture, seasonality and foraged elements. Lezlee’s company, Narrow Path in Essex, provides skilled outdoor container and floral design. She has been designing with plants and flowers for over 25 years both in her personal and professional life. She uses her horticultural knowledge to ensure that every creation is unique, sustainable and beautiful in its space. Attendees may enter their names into a raffle to win Lezlee’s creation at the end of this workshop.

Sunday, March 5, 2023

10:30 – 11:30 AM

Grow Your Garden and Journal it Too! Trish Murtha.  www.trishmurthadesigns.com .  All supplies and artsy tips included to make an outstanding garden journal with award-winning artist/designer Trish Murtha of Dummerston. Hand-outs, samples, clip art and a watercolor lesson to create a simple, gorgeous journal cover. All ready to start journaling about all the wonderful things at the 2023 Vermont Flower Show! Trish is known for paintings and designs filled with vivid color, strong values and shapes that capture textured meadows, mountains and seascapes and gardens with whimsy. Take home an original Garden Journal. Reserve ahead or buy tickets at the door, first come, first served. Class size limited to 25.

$18 fee for supplies (in addition to the ticket price).

Noon -1:30 PM

Yes You Can Paint Flowers! Shanley Triggs, Shanley Triggs Art.  www.shanleytriggs.com.   Paint for pure enjoyment! Shanley will demonstrate and help others paint flowers, petals, leaves and more in watercolor. All levels including beginners are welcome. Take home an original floral painting.Ta-Da! Shanley “paints where she was planted.” She lives and teaches watercolor classes in Milton, not far from the dairy farm where she grew up. Reserve ahead or buy tickets at the door, first come, first served. Class size limited to 10 people age 16 or older.

$15 fee for supplies (in addition to the ticket price).

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Make & Take Infused Herb Salves. Rebecca Lindenmeyr, Farm Craft VT.  https://www.farmcraftvt.com/.   Rebecca will demonstrate the ABCs of herbal infusions and extractions from plants in the home garden. Attendees will take home a one-ounce salve sample poured during the demonstration. Farm Craft grows more than 50 varieties of herbs, flowers, fruits and other botanicals on 15 acres in Shelburne, distills oils and hydrosols and creates all-natural oils, extractions and other products. Reserve ahead or buy tickets at the door, first come, first served. Class size limited to 30.

$10 fee for supplies (in addition to the ticket price).