Exotic Plant Show

March 10th &  March 11th 2018

Journey to exotic lands during this fun filled weekend full of fantastic displays, beautiful and unique orchids, houseplants of all shapes and sizes, free seminars, and good food!

Ongoing Both Saturday & Sunday:

Figtree Kitchen

Delicious and unique baked goods and lunch items available for purchase during the following times on Saturday 8:30-3:00 & Sunday 9:30-3:00

Orchid Repotting Station

Need some help repotting your orchid?  Let an expert walk you through the process and get your orchid repotted using only the best materials provided by Kelley’s Korner Orchid Supply.  Potting fee will be based on material used, expert hands are complimentary!

 

Saturday, March 10th 2018

9:00-3:00 – Wildlife Encounters – Derek Small, owner of Wildlife Encounters of Rochester, NH, will bring some of his exotic friends to visit with you for the day.  Learn about some of the creatures that coexist with the diverse plant groups on exhibit today.

Wildlife Encounters’ owner, Derek Small, and some staff are professional members of various zoological, wildlife and conservation entities and many have degrees in biology, wildlife ecology, sustainable agriculture, conservation and more! They believe that public education, and a resulting change in human and societal behaviors and practices, are key to the objective of living environmentally and personally responsible lives that will help conserve and protect global biodiversity.  Their philosophy, morality, conduct and messages focus on communicating the interdependent relationship between their three core mission components: Animals, People and Earth.

10:00 – Bonsai Basics – It’s just a plant in a pot.  What makes bonsai so difficult to grow? How can you have your own tree and keep it happy and thriving?  Bonsai is the traditional art form of dwarfing and miniaturizing plants in pots,  Glen Lord will share his many years of growing experience to help take away some of the apprehension that people thinking about growing bonsai may have.  He will be showing basic techniques of root pruning and potting as well as lots of time discussing what you really need to know as a beginner with this centuries old art form.

Glen Lord has been a student and teacher of bonsai for nearly twenty years. He has worked at one of the oldest bonsai nurseries in New England as a stylist as well as an instructor. He now owns a horticultural consulting business and is in charge of consulting for the Larz Anderson Dwarf Potted Plant Collection at The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Boston with bonsai specimens as old as 275 years.  He is an avid gardener, horticultural judge and speaker, as well as past President of the Massachusetts Cactus and Succulent Society. He recently moved back to Maine and is building a farm with his partner and keeps a tropical plant greenhouse. 

1:00 – Orchids: Favorites to grow in your home – Join Jack Carroll and learn about some of the easiest and most rewarding orchids to grow indoors year round.  Topics to will cover general care and maintenance, repotting and reblooming requirements.  Jack has 10+ years of experience growing orchids in his home and tending orchids here at Wentworth Greenhouses.

Jack Carroll, Wentworth Greenhouses employee and orchid enthusiast for 10+ years.

Sunday, March 11th  2018

10:00-2:00 – Wildlife Encounters – Derek Small, owner of Wildlife Encounters of Rochester, NH, will bring some of his exotic friends to visit with you for the day.  Learn about some of the creatures that coexist with the diverse plant groups on exhibit today.

Wildlife Encounters’ owner, Derek Small, and some staff are professional members of various zoological, wildlife and conservation entities and many have degrees in biology, wildlife ecology, sustainable agriculture, conservation and more! They believe that public education, and a resulting change in human and societal behaviors and practices, are key to the objective of living environmentally and personally responsible lives that will help conserve and protect global biodiversity.  Their philosophy, morality, conduct and messages focus on communicating the interdependent relationship between their three core mission components: Animals, People and Earth.

10:00-3:00 – Killer Plants in your own New England Bog – Dave Sackett, President of the New England Carnivorous Plant Society, will be visiting us  for the afternoon to talk about growing carnivorous plants.  Come chat with Dave and learn expert tips and specific growing requirements to successfully grow fly traps, pitcher plants, butterworts and sundews.  This year Dave will have information on creating bog gardens indoors and out with gardens available to purchase.

Dave Sackett has spent 19 years growing carnivorous plants! He is a founding member of the volunteer group New England Carnivorous Plant Society and he is now the President.  Dave enjoys helping people learn to grow these amazing plants. Dave works as Corporate Controller for a high tech company and has two giant terrariums in his office that he tends to on a daily basis.  He maintains hundreds of exotic plants, mostly carnivorous, but also orchids, ant plants, fruit trees, etc. between his home and work without a greenhouse!

11:00 – Knowing and Growing Gesneriads – the African Violet Family– Bob and Dee Stewart will be visiting from Stow, Mass to teach you all about Gesneriads!  This family of plants includes African Violets, Streptocarpus, Gloxinia, Primulina (aka Chirita), Lipstick, Goldfish plants and more.  They will provide an overview of the groups of plants and growing information for each group.  Observe demos of repotting, propagating and pruning.  They will also showcase some really cool plants from their home collection, not to be missed!

Bob and Dee Stewart are both retired from the computer industry and now active members with The Gesneriad Society as well as their local chapter.  They stumbled upon the Gesneriad Society booth at the New England Spring Flower show back in about 1972 and have been growing gesneriads ever since! They graduated from a 2-foot light stand in their apartment bedroom to a basement full of light stands in their house to a 9′ x 30′ lean-to greenhouse along the back of the house to a 24’ x 30’ evenspan greenhouse.  Bob and Dee are particularly interested in species rather than hybrids and especially in unusual species, but the truth is they grow a little bit of everything in the gesneriad world!

1:00 – Growing Begonias Indoors – Stuart Hammer has been killing Begonias for over forty years and growing them successfully for almost the same amount of time.  His first begonia was the Iron Cross Begonia, followed by lots and lots of begonias from all over the country.  He has a small greenhouse which gives him an unfair advantage over most of us, but that is more than offset by our ability to focus our attention on a smaller number of plants in our homes.  Stuart plans to bring representative specimens of the different kinds of begonias we can grow in New England (indoors), including Rex Begonias, Rhizomatous Begonias, Angel Wing and Cane Begonias and begonias that can only be grown in terrariums.  His talk will focus on begonia culture and propagation.  He will also discuss the use of pesticides and fungicides, as Begonias are not immune to them anymore than other plants.  Questions from the audience are encouraged, even ones he can’t answer!

Stuart Hammer is a past President of the Buxton Chapter of the American Begonia Society and the New England branch of The Gesneriad Society and has been growing begonias for over forty years.

3:00 – Traveling Cactus and Succulent Show Learn all about cactus and succulents with Art Scarpa, current Vice President of the Cactus and Succulent Society of Mass.  Art will teach you how to select the right plant for your home, proper care and fertilization, repotting tricks and tips, and how to get your cactus or succulent to bloom.  On display will be some of his prized specimens for you to admire!  Art recently traveled to the Little Karoo dry habitat (aka Klein Karoo) in South Africa and has added to his unique collection.  Come visit, learn and get all your cactus and succulent questions answered.  Art will also be available a couple hours before his lecture, hanging out in our tillandsia display, so come early if you want to catch up with Art and chat about the fascinating airplants!

Art was awarded Mass Hort’s Gold Medal in 2013 and has spoken at and led workshops at garden clubs and flower shows all over the Northeast. He is a founder and past president of the Cactus & Succulent Society of Mass. and is certified as a judge by the Cactus & Succulent Society of America.  Art has won multiple Best in Show awards for his entries at the Boston Flower & Garden Show, the Newport Flower Show and regional cactus and succulent shows. 

No sign up is necessary.  Free and Open to the Public!