Exotic Plant Show March 9th & 10th 2019

Exotic Plant Show

March 9th & March 10th

Journey to exotic lands during this fun filled weekend full of fantastic displays, beautiful and unique plants, free seminars, and good food!

Ongoing Both Saturday & Sunday:

45 Market Street Bakery & Café

Locally made, fresh 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 premium materials.  Potting fee will be based on material used, expert hands are complimentary.

 Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation

Portsmouth, NH

Come learn about the Blue Ocean Society and their mission to protect marine life in the Gulf of Maine through research, education and inspiring action.

 

Seminar Schedule and Lecture Details posted below:

Saturday, March 9th 2019

 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 – Reliable Houseplants that Everyone Can Grow – Budding and experienced indoor gardeners alike have probably experienced the frustration of purchasing a new plant, only to have it fail in the following weeks or months. Fortunately, there is a great variety of rugged and reliable houseplants that will thrive under a wide range of growing conditions, from occasional drought to dim coffee tables. Come discover which species will be perfect for your own home, and learn some valuable tips and tricks for proper care all season long.

As the Education Center Coordinator for UNH Cooperative Extension, Emma Erler shares her horticultural expertise and passion with home gardeners throughout the state. Emma has a strong background in public horticulture, including internships at Longwood Gardens and the Morris Arboretum, both in Pennsylvania. She most recently worked as a gardener at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts, where she focused on maintaining the Systematic garden and tending the native plant collection and natural lands. Emma has been growing houseplants for nearly 20 years and is excited to share her experience.

1:00 – The Art of BonsaiLate winter and early spring is the perfect time to get started in Bonsai. Plants outside start to come back to life and Bonsai trees are no exception. Bonsai expert Joel Mullen will demonstrate exactly how to begin this mysterious hobby. Joel will show where horticulture and art intersect while also teaching how fun and easy growing your own bonsai trees can be. 

Joel Mullen has practiced, trained and apprenticed with many of the Northeast’s finest Bonsai artists. He has taught Bonsai at Tower Hill Botanic Garden and is the president of the Kaikou Bonsai Study Group based at the New England Bonsai Gardens in Bellingham, MA. 

3:00 – Whirlwind Tour of Begonias – Begonias offer unrivalled foliage beauty for the garden and home. Learn growing and care tips, how to keep begonias alive over New England winters, propagation, use in floral arrangements, and best local sources.  Participants will make their own leaf, stem or rhizome cutting to take home!

Mary Beth Hayes is an avid gardener and “begoniac ” …somewhat obsessed with the amazing foliage and drama that this diverse genus offers or the home and garden.  Vice-President, Buxton Branch of the American Begonia Society (ABS); Certified Judge for ABS shows; Co-chair of the 2019 THBG Begonia show.

Sunday, March 10th  2019

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.  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.

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 – Up in the air about Tillandsia Care? -Air plants are currently seeing an explosive revival in their popularity. These bromeliads from the genus Tillandsia, with their many different sculptural forms and often quirky shapes, plus their ability to grow without roots and soil, lend themselves easily for use in all kinds of creative decorative ways. More importantly, if cared for correctly they can become long lived and cherished members of anyone’s plant collection. David, a longtime Tillandsia fancier, will discuss the basics for successful growing and bring along some interesting specimens from his private collection for you to see!

David Burdick of Daffodils & More in Dalton MA purchased his first air plants at the Boston Flower Show in the 1980’s and has been enjoying growing and learning about them ever since. David Burdick’s thirty some years of working in the horticultural industry has included extended stints at both wholesale growing and retail nursery operations, with a nine year run wedged in between as an educator and horticulturist at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA.  He will be displaying a wide array of Tillandsia, with special mention of those easiest for homeowner success.  

3:00 – Favorite Orchids for your Home – Bob Cleveland, owner of Bob Cleveland Orchids, will guide you through plant selection, proper care and maintenance, repotting and mounting!  Growing orchids is nothing to be afraid of and Bob will prepare you with the information you need to successfully grow and bloom a beautiful orchid in your home.  Bob will also be selling his home grown orchids for the day, Sunday only 8am-5pm!

Bob Cleveland, owner Bob Cleveland Orchids, Portland, Maine, Past President, Maine Orchid Society.

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