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Fine Gardening Seminar Series

Take your garden to the next level!


Join Fine Gardening, the nation’s premier source for trusted gardening information, for this special day of seminars from some of the country’s leading horticultural minds and practitioners. This series takes a step beyond the basics, offering practical solutions and science-based information to make your garden healthier and more beautiful. This is the knowledge that makes the difference in a garden. Knowing some of what these experts know is essential to bringing your garden closer to what you have always dreamed it could be. The chance to learn from such expertise in one day is an opportunity not to be missed!


Details and Tickets


The Fine Gardening Seminar Series: Expert Solutions for Avid Gardeners

at the Boston Flower & Garden Show

Ticket includes admission to the Boston Flower & Garden Show, a free swag bag, and free lunch

March 15, 2019

11:00 – 5:00 (check-in begins at 10:00)






Picking the Right Plant: Perennials That Stand Out from the Pack

A good nursery will present you with plenty of options. But how do you know to choose this plant or that one? Which cultivar is better? For anyone wishing a plant tag could provide some useful information, this talk is for you. Richard Hawke, plant evaluation manager at the Chicago Botanic Garden, will present a variety of proven perennials, including new selections and old favorites, from over 30 years of comparative trials.




You Can Do Better: Underused Trees and Shrubs for New England Gardens

Tired of rhododendrons, junipers, and maples? While these woodies are wonderful, they are also overused in our New England gardens. With so many options available, there is no reason not to explore the wonderful diversity of trees and shrubs we can add to our landscapes. Joann Vieira, former chief horticulturist at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts, shows us options we might not know of but that are sure to add a bit of magic to our gardens.




Is This True or False?: Find Out the Facts and Fiction Behind Gardening Myths, False Facts, and Old Wives’ Tales

Gardening tricks and remedies are passed from one gardener to another. And with the Internet, these ideas can be spread to thousands who then pass it on further. But what is the truth behind them? Do eggshells really deter slugs? Can epsom salt really make my plants grow better? Is it really that bad to add diseased foliage to a compost pile? Get the answers to these questions and more from Dr. Jeff Gillman, director of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens and author of The Truth About Organic Gardening and The Truth About Garden Remedies.




Be a Smart Shopper: The Inside Tips and Tricks to Getting the Best Plants at the Nursery

Anyone who has brought home a plant from the nursery only to discover that they got more soil than plant will want to check out this talk. Holly Scoggins, professor of horticulture at Virginia Tech University, will show us how to find the best, healthiest plants a nursery has to offer. Should you buy the one with the most blooms or the most buds? Is it really OK to pull the plant out of its pot? Are those late-season sales worth it? Listen and find out.


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