Saturday Seminars

10:15 - 11:30am 
(Exec. Aud.)  Bill Blevins

​60 Garden Tips and Tricks in 60 Minutes

Bill, The Garden Geek will preview green thumb gadgets, websites, apps, and other current plant technology. He will also discuss plant monitoring, including exciting drone technology being used in forestry and other areas.​

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(Room 103) Ben Casteel and others
Growing Great Window Boxes

Gardeners of all ages will learn about planting and caring for window box plants that will produce brilliant colors all summer.

All participants will receive 3 free rooted cuttings. Members of 4-H may register for a window box competition to be judged at the Washington County Fair.


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11:45 - 1:00pm

(Exec. Aud.) Nina Shippen
Gardening on Slopes

The beautiful hills and mountains of this region present special landscaping and gardening challenges. Nina Shippen, a landscape designer from western NC, will discuss the many ways to beautify and prevent eroding slopes with plant selection, soil enhancement, and hardscape.

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11:45 - 1:00pm 

(Room 103) Deanna Spraker
Simple Seed Starting with Soil Blocks

Soil blocking is a compact way to start seedlings for the home gardener who has no greenhouse. Gardeners of all ages will learn how to make and plant soil blocks with easy to grow flower seeds. All participants can make and take seeded soil blocks.

4-H Mini-Gardeners may earn extra credit.

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2:30 - 4:00pm

(Room 103) Robert McDuffie
Your Garden - A Global Garden

Robert has traveled the world examining gardens with a landscape architect’s eye—aware that every garden is a product of the time and place. Should we borrow ideas from gardens around the world and engage them in our own landscape?  The answer is a resounding Yes!