Home Gardener Day 2017
January 16, 2017
The Founders Inn & Spa

7:30 am Registration
8:00 am Silent Auction Opens
8:30 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45 am – Foodscape Revolution
Brie Arthur, Garden Industry Communicator
Brie has fine-tuned her signature design technique of Foodscaping, a sustainable landscape practice that embraces beauty and utility. Brie is changing the way green spaces are designed and utilized. Encouraging everyone to “think outside of the box”, learn how pairing edibles in a traditional landscape increases bio-diversity and adds purpose to everyday spaces.
9:30 am – Edible Flowers
Marie Butler, Horticulturist
Flowers are in everyone’s garden – but are they on your menu? Learn which flowers do double-duty in the garden and the kitchen, and be inspired to use blooms in a new way. Marie will cover growing organically without the use of toxic chemicals.
10:15 am Break
10:45 am – Fruit Trees in the Residential Landscape
Barry Robinson, Sustainable Horticulture Consultant
Barry shares nearly 50 years of experience growing plants. Learn the basics of growing and enjoying tree fruit in your home landscape.
11:30 am – Success with Herbs in Southeastern Gardens
Pam Beck, Garden Writer
Growing herbs in the southeast’s heat and humidity, not to mention our red clay soil, can be a challenge. We will examine which herbs should perform well in our growing conditions, how to prepare and maintain your herb gardens, and ways to incorporate more herbs into your landscape.
12:15pm Lunch
1:45pm Silent Auction Bidding Closes

1:45 pm – Heirloom Tomatoes
Brie Arthur, Garden Industry Communicator
Heirloom tomatoes are the ultimate taste of summer! Brie shares expert tips for a successful, organic growing season. Variety selection, cultural information and alternative growing systems such as aeroponics, hydroponics and aquaponics are discussed. Learn time saving strategies for how to harvest, process and preserve with ease and watch as Brie demonstrates how to make her favorite Heirloom Bloody Mary. Get insider tips and Brie’s top ten favorite Heirloom Varieties so you can enjoy the ultimate taste of summer!
2:30 pm – Gardening with Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms
Mark Jones, Owner & Mycologist, Sharondale Mushroom Farm
Learn how to grow several types of mushrooms using low-tech, low-cost methods in your garden or woodlot. Discussions will include biology and ecology of fungi, using mushrooms for personal and ecological health, and methods for cultivating shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane, reishi, and other mushrooms in wood, straw, and compost.

3:15 pm Closing Comments
3:30 pm Door Prize Drawing
4:00 pm Garden Vendors & Bookstore Close
5:00 pm Stay & Play Workshops Begin

Make & Take Workshops
Monday, Jan. 16 – 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Make Your Own Terrarium – Explore the unique world of air plants with staff from Hinterland Trading Company. Choose from a buffet of plants and accessories to create a one-of-a-kind terrarium, and take home a custom tool kit to care for your new plants.
Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms – This evening workshop will build on Mark’s presentation at Home Gardener’s Day. Participants will learn to inoculate a log with mushroom spawn to grow their own gourmet mushrooms. Take your log home & follow Mark’s instructions to produce fantastic fungi!

Tuesday, Jan. 17 – 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Creating Concrete Leaf Castings – Eileen Walsh, Virginia Beach Master Gardener
Learn how to make a concrete leaf casting for use as a bird bath, feeder, or decorative garden art in this hands-on workshop. **Castings can be picked up on Wednesday – they need time to set.
Wednesday, Jan. 18 – 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Designing Hardy Winter Containers – Marie Butler, Horticulturist
Learn Marie’s tips on creating beautiful, long-lasting containers and learn which plants will make a statement in the cold winter months, how to create height, and what elements can add color to winter plantings. Participants will plant their own containers to take home and enjoy!