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Fine Gardening Seminar Series

Take your garden to the next level!

Join Fine Gardening on March 15th 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: Practical Solutions for Avid Gardeners


Schedule of Events

10:00 – 11:00 Check in
11:00 – 11:15 Opening Remarks
11:15 – 12:00 Holly Scoggins
12:15 – 1:00 Richard Hawke
1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
2:00 – 2:45 Proven Winners Special Guests
3:00 – 3:45 Joann Vieira
4:00 – 5:00 Jeff Gillman




Cost includes all five lectures, lunch, swag bag,

AND access to the Boston Flower and Garden Show


Total: $120 






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.




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.



Proven Winners/Proven Winners Color Choice Special Guest Presenters


High Impact, Low-Maintenance, No-Fuss Plants

Discover ‘superhero’ plants that provide year-round color and enjoyment without demanding a lot from you in this lecture by joint presenters Kerry Ann Mendez and Adam Mosley of Proven Winners.  These high-performing plants require less pruning, deadheading, water and fertilizer plus are more deer resistant.  Of course, pollinator-friendly plants are a given!



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