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2017 Expo Seminar Schedule and Speaker Bios


 

Saturday, April 8th

 

Classroom A

Time Presenter Seminar Title
11:30 am Tom Stebbins Small Trees for Your Yard
1:00 pm Jeff Harvey Conifers
2:30 pm Ann Brown Where Have All the Monarchs Gone?
4:00 pm Peggy Dyer Daylilies

 

Classroom B

Time Presenter Seminar Title
11:00 am Carlton Mathes Bluebirds
12:30 pm Katie Bishop Vegetable Gardening
2:00 pm Patricia Lanza – Featured Speaker Lasagna Gardening
3:30 pm Mike Nocks Reap It & Keep It!
5:00pm Robbie Summerour Straw Bale Gardening

 
 

Sunday, April 9th


 

Classroom A

Time Presenter Seminar Title
11:15 am John Nessle Crepe-Murder – Fixing the Damage
12:45 pm Jeff Garrett Roses
2:15 pm Linda Fraser – Featured Speaker Plants of the Bible
3:45 pm Taylor Bates The Art of Kokedama

 

Classroom B

Time Presenter Seminar Title
11:00 am Katie Bishop Vegetable Gardening
12:30 pm Carol Mathews Hydrangeas
2:00 pm Clayton Beaty Fertilizers: What, Where, When
3:30 pm Karen Webster Container Gardening


 


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Seminar Descriptions

 


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The Art of Kokedama – Presented by Taylor Bates

Kokedama is over 2,000 years old, stemming out of bonsai. The art form started in the far east in honor of Buddha and is typically composed of a plant in a special soil mixture, wrapped in moss (self-contained pot if you will). Traditionally, Kokedama is set on a decorative plate, but a more modern, western spin on Kokedama involves suspending them in the air. Wabi-kusa is slightly different, where the moss ball is set partly in water at all times (must use a humidity loving or aquatic plant). Taylor’s method uses around 7 types of soil and live foraged moss.

 
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Bluebirds – Presented by Carlton Mathes

Carlton will discuss the 4 basic things that people need to provide in their yards to have a good Bluebird habitat. The basics are food, water, shelter, and house location. Once you provide the basics the Bluebirds along with other native birds will “discover” your yard and provide many opportunities for bird watching.

 
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Conifers – Presented by Jeff Harvey

Jeff Harvey talk will be about conifers and other plants for winter and spring interest. Our gardens are with us all year long and he will show some plants that will keep the garden interesting long after all the flowers in spring and summer fade. Many of the plants will be conifers. There are many dwarf and miniature varieties, as well as a wide range of weeping, upright and prostrate selections,
that can fit in any landscape. Come listen to Jeff’s talk to get ideas to enhance your garden for year round interest.

 
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Container Gardening – Presented by Karen Webster

Not everybody has a large yard to place all the beauties we like to surround ourselves with. Not everybody is able to care for a large yard or would even want one but you do want to garden, and you do want to be surrounded with the beauty of nature. So what do you do? Gardening in containers, planters, or even small pots is the perfect answer to the question. Combinations of plants is the secret to the beauty but how do you keep them that way? What combinations are compatible? What are the challenges of gardening in containers? Karen has the answers.

 
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Crepe-Murder – Fixing the Damage – Presented by John Nessle

The presentation is a detailed explanation of how “topping” damages Crepe Myrtles; an introduction to restoration pruning and proper pruning for structural integrity.

 
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Daylilies – Presented by Peggy Dyer

Daylilies are a perennial plant, meaning one that returns every year, and are major attractors to the many beneficial insects and hummingbirds that seek out the nectar these plants provide. Once established, daylilies require little care and provide a dramatic backdrop for annuals and other plants season after season. This class will demonstrate that even amateur gardeners can have a show of daylilies among their plantings. Whether in bright sun or part shade, daylilies will brighten your garden wherever they grow.

 
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Fertilizers: What, Where, When – Presented by Clayton Beaty

What are the differences among the many forms of fertilizer that you see on shopping aisles? Granular? Water-soluble? Slow-release? Timed-release? Controlled-release? Organic? What do those numbers mean? Overwhelmed? Come to this presentation to get some clarity!


 
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Hydrangeas – Presented by Carol Mathews

What yard is complete without at least one hydrangea? Hydrangeas now come in a variety of colors, and petal arrangements. From huge and puffy to flat almost saucer shaped, the hydrangea is a welcome sight that summer has arrived. Today there are varieties for all conditions from shade to part sun and are good for cut flower arrangements as well as an eye catching sight in the landscape. Come along and find out which one you can’t live without.

 
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Lasagna Gardening – Presented by Patricia Lanza

Lasagna Gardening: A Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding!

 
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Plants of the Bible – Presented by Linda Fraser

There are 100 plants mentioned in the Bible. There will be actual plant specimens of some (including an olive branch from Lucille Ball’s garden), and photos taken by the speaker and her brother, a retired science teacher. There is a lot of information but also some fun stories about their pursuit of these plants.

 
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Reap It & Keep It! – Presented by Mike Nocks

This seminar will teach basic Seed Saving techniques for multiple vegetable varieties. Topics include Cross Pollination concerns, Isolation Distances, & Long-Term Seed Storage options.

 

 
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Roses – Presented by Jeff Garrett

Jeff Garrett, a certified Master Rosarian, will be discussing how to be successful with roses in the tri-State area. He will cover everything from site selection and soil preparation to which varieties do best in our area.

 

 
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Small Trees for Your Yard – Presented by Tom Stebbins

There are numerous trees available for your yard. Why not choose some new and improved varieties? Many new nativars are also available. Come see which ones the UT Garden specialists suggest.

 
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Straw Bale Gardening – Presented by Robbie Summerour

Gardening in raised beds has become an easier way to garden for getting better yield of vegetables but it does take some carpentry and expense of supplies. A new and inventive gardening idea has appeared that is more economical and with the same or better benefits of the raised beds. Straw bale gardening is the newest way of gardening especially in small areas. Whether you plant directly into the bale or use them to form a bed and add soil in the middle, gardening using straw bales is unusual but very interesting. Robbie is a certified Straw Bale Instructor who will show you her garden and tell you how you too can add this very special new way of gardening to your landscape.


 
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Vegetable Gardening – Presented by Katie Bishop

This vegetable talk covers a little of everything. It starts with an overview of the gardens at the Food Bank. And then it will provide a general overview for growing vegetables including basic gardening necessities, cool weather and warm weather vegetables and some common problems.

In 2016, attendance at this seminar was standing room only. This year, two sessions will be offered to accommodate all that wish to attend.


 
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Where Have All the Monarchs Gone? – Presented by Ann Brown

Monarch butterflies, one of the most beloved of insects, are a keystone species that once fluttered throughout the United States by the billions. Since 1990, about 970 million have vanished. What is causing this rapid decline and what can gardeners do to reverse this disturbing trend? Attend this seminar to learn how you can help save the Monarchs.


 
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Speaker Biographies

 


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Taylor Bates


Taylor grew up in Miami, Fl and then moved to Tennessee for high school and college. He was a biology and psychology major at UTC and was actively involved in the campus arboretum. From there, Taylor developed a love for ancient methods of botanical design and became self-taught in the art of Kokedama, terrariums, Wabi-kusa, etc. Taylor stayed on an off-grid sustainability homestead (wild cat creek in Fl) and further learned/developed more skills. Last May, Taylor started Sacred Harvest in hopes of inspiring others to connect back to our Earth and has never been happier, finding an outlet for his passion!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Clayton Beaty


Clayton Beaty, Cleveland, Tennessee, founded Beaty Fertilizer, Inc. in the 1970’s and later partnered with Ted Mills of Chattanooga, Tennessee to produce “Mills Magic Rose Mix”, a revolutionary product combining the best nutrients for growing roses.

Clayton is a member of the Tri-State Rose Society in Chattanooga and the American Rose Society. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2012 Silver Honor Medal from the American Rose Society, TENARKY District, the 2011 Bronze Medal from the Tri-State Rose Society, and a Presidential Citation from the American Rose Society.

He is a founding member of the American Garden Rose Selections, an organization which recognizes and recommends quality garden-worthy rose varieties for the various regions of the US through testing and dissemination of objective and reliable information.

 
 
 
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Katie Bishop


Katie is originally from FL and grew up on a back yard farm and always enjoyed the outdoors. When she married, her husband’s job moved them throughout the Southeast. They moved to Chattanooga in 2008 and she took the Master Gardening class in 2009.

As a part of the Master Gardener class, Katie helped clear the land for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank garden. She helped plant the first garden there in 2010 and she has been at the Food Bank ever since. Recently she was hired to manage the garden and volunteers. The Food Bank garden produces year round with an annual harvest of about 2,000 lbs. of vegetables for Food Bank clients.

 
 
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Ann Brown


Ann is a retired librarian, a Hamilton County Master Gardener, a member of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, and a volunteer at the Tennessee Aquarium and Reflection Riding. She is also a member of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and the North American Butterfly Association. She has been researching the decline of pollinator habitats and health for the last five years. She speaks and sponsors “pollinator rallies” and exhibits to educate gardeners on the importance of pesticide-free pollinator habitats in private and public areas. She helps maintain three public pollinator gardens in the Chattanooga area.

 
 
 
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Peggy Dyer


Peggy has been a Master Gardener since 2005. She has served in several capacities including Board Member and Treasurer. Throughout her MG career she has always been an advocate for the Daylily. Almost every year, sometime during the blooming season for the lilies, Peggy opens her gardens to visitors to enjoy the many varied colors, petal designs and vigorous foliage of these plants.

If you already grow some daylilies and want to know more or if you have ever thought these plants would add to your landscape, come and find out all the facts and tricks to having this hummingbird attractors in your yard.

 
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Linda Fraser

Linda Fraser is a botanical illustrator of native plants in the southeastern United States. Over eighty-five of her watercolor and colored pencil paintings travel as the exhibit, A Walk Through the Calendar Year. The paintings are hung in chronological order, showing plants found blooming side by side in specific environments. Although her paintings can be a means of identification, they are also enjoyed simply for the beauty of the flowers and the fun of finding the colorful insects and other critters hiding or chewing on the plants.

Solo exhibits of A Walk Through the Calendar Year:

  • April-August, 2013 South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson, South Carolina
  • May 12-July 29, 2012 (also 2005, 2006, 2009) Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga
  • July 25-September 25, 2011, Oxbow Meadows, Columbus, Georgia
  • May 21-July 31, 2011, Daniel Stowe Botanical, Garden, Belmont, North Carolina
  • May 9-30, 2010, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  • January 4-February 11, 2010, Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham, Alabama
  • January 27-February 1, 2009, Southeastern Flower Show, Special Exhibit
  • April 22-28, 2007, Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  • August 21-October 2, 2005, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

About the Artist:
Instructor for three day botanical illustration workshop at The Bascom, Highlands, North Carolina, June 2013.

Speaker at 2014 Herb Day, Cheekwood, Nashville, TN, at 2012 Environmental Educators Conference, at 2010 and 2012 Native Plant Symposiums sponsored by the University of Georgia, at the 2006 native plant conference, Western Carolina University and at the 2004 Southeastern Flower Show.

Included in Four U.S. Botanical Artists Who Made a Difference, a slide presentation prepared by Robin A. Jess for the American Society of Botanical Artists and presented at the International Botanical Art Conference in Thailand, August 2006.

Edited and illustrated Bird Watch in Georgia, part of fifth grade curriculum in Georgia Public Schools, 1989/90, and illustrated Gardening ‘Round Atlanta.

Board of Directors of The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. for four years, and the Board of the Georgia Native Plant Society.

Linda and her garden were seen in the WGTV Earth Day special, Your World, Your Choice. She has done dozens of architectural renderings for builders, real estate agents, and home owners. She gives programs to garden clubs and other groups and is also a pianist at private or public parties and fundraisers, hotels and restaurants.

 
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Jeff Garrett


Jeff and his wife Cindy reside in the Soddy Daisy area on Lake Chickamauga where they grow over 350 roses of all types. Jeff is certified by the American Rose Society as a Master Rosarian. He is very active locally in the Tri-State Rose Society of Chattanooga. Jeff and Cindy have won a National Trophy for rose exhibiting and have been honored with the Silver Medal and Outstanding Consulting Rosarian award from the Tenarky District of the American Rose Society.

Jeff will be discussing how to be successful with roses in the Tri-State area. He will cover everything from site selection and soil preparation to which varieties do best in our area.

 
 
  
 
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Jeff Harvey


Jeff has been gardening with his wife for almost 30 years now. They are members and have been officers in the Rose, Daylily, Daffodil and Conifer societies. They started gardening with mostly annual and perennial plants. While doing the perennials they noticed they could see too much of the neighbors in the winter months and everything was flat and drab so they turned to evergreen and small shrubs to create backdrops and height in the garden that would be interesting all year round.

Jeff is the owner of Dirt Dawg Nursery and will have a booth at the Expo where he will be selling conifers and other shrubs.

 
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Patricia Lanza


Mother of seven children, grandmother of nine, book author and lecturer and devoted companion to her best friend. After her children were grown and gone, after her life as a Navy wife and innkeeper was over she began a new life as a single grandmother, full-time gardener and writer.

With a method she calls Lasagna Gardening she created a new life as a lecturer and book author writing and talking about Lasagna Gardening and life. Her books and lectures took her on the road and she saw more of the world in a few years than she had in the rest of my life. Sharing her life and garden practice and inspiring others to write about their own lives gives her great pleasure. Books by Patricia include: Create Wonderful Gardens, Lasagna Gardening, Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces, Lasagna Gardening with Herbs, My Grandmother’s Aprons, My Garden Doctor.

 
 
  
 
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Carlton Mathes


Carlton joined the Master Gardeners in 2011. He has been very active with the organization often speaking on the subjects of Raised Beds and Bluebirds. Carlton has long been a fan of bluebirds. Bluebirds have nested in a birdhouse in his yard for at least ten years. Carlton builds Bluebird houses as a hobby and distributes them throughout the Chattanooga area. Many of the Master Gardeners have one or more of his houses in their yards and as he says himself, “you will have a family of bluebirds in just a couple of weeks.” The house is made from a single 6 foot dog-eared fence plank. He guarantees that his birdhouses will attract a family of bluebirds.

Carlton lives in the Brainerd area where he is very active with his church community garden. Teaching others how to grow their own food is his mission and the Master Gardener Program fits that bill. In his Raised Bed classes, he not only tells you how to build the regular ones on the ground but he also has the plans for handicap beds for those no longer able to bend down or are in wheel chairs. Carlton will be in the Raised Bed Demonstration booth as well as a speaker for the Bluebirds, their value in the landscape, the building of the perfect house for them and in the overall need for the birds as a whole.

 
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Carol Mathews


Carol joined MGHC in 2006. For eleven years, Carol has been an active member and leader for MGHC where she has held the offices of Treasurer, President and Lead Mentor for the evening classes. She is currently the Chairman of the Education Committee and The Expo, an annual event for MGHC. Carol’s love for teaching stems from her days as an employee of the Catoosa Education System in North Ga. Using those skills she has taught several classes throughout the Chattanooga and North Ga. areas in gardening, home canning and Edible Landscaping. She has spoken twice at the Master Gardener state convention and once at the Master Gardener International Convention, 2013 in Alaska. In 2016, Carol was awarded The Outstanding Master Gardener Award from the Hamilton County Chapter.

Carol and husband Clyde, who is also a master gardener, live in Rock Spring. GA., have 2 grown children, 5 grandchildren and are active members of Ringgold First Baptist Church.

Carol states her favorite flowing bush is the Hydrangea. Hydrangeas are an eye-catching sight in the garden and a welcome sign that summer has arrived. Her presentation will be both informative and colorful.

 
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John Nessle


Jon Nessle is The Ornamentor. The name “Ornamentor” is meant to reflect the services Jon offers as a landscape maintenance coach (mentor) with a focus on ornamental trees. As an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist he offers arborist consulting services. Being certified by the International Society Of Arboriculture means he is trained and remains educated in all aspects of tree care.

With more than 30 years in the landscape maintenance industry, Jon has learned from the jobs he has held: as a tree climber for a tree service company, as a Grounds Manager at a retirement facility and as a Parks Division Superintendent for a small town. He has served the Chattanooga, Tennessee area as The Ornamentor since 2001. Although the services he offers focus mostly on the care & pruning of ornamental trees, you can hire The Ornamentor for a complete property analysis & maintenance tutorial.

 

 

 
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Mike Nocks


Mike has spent over 10 years gaining experience working in the seed industry. Mike and his family utilized this experience to open White Harvest Seed Company located in the Ozarks of Missouri in 2010. The Nocks family have worked every aspect of the seed industry including: growing, maintaining, harvesting, seed storage, and packaging.

For Mike and his family, prepping is currently a life long journey. They reside on 40 acres and live the self-reliance lifestyle, using off grid solar power, water supplied by an Amish-made windmill (which they helped erect), and their gardens have expanded yearly to help supply their food needs. Raising animals for food is also a high priority of their self-sustaining lifestyle.

 
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Robbie Summerour


Robbie is in the process of becoming a master gardener this year. Her love for gardening started back in her hometown where she and her grandfather gardened in the dry dusty ground of Albuq. New Mexico. She has always tried to have some form of gardening everywhere she lived. Moving to Chattanooga, TN in 2001 has expanded her love for gardening. You would not believe it but by trade Robbie is a dog groomer. She groomed dogs along with owning her own grooming salons for the past 44 years. Because of some physical limitations caused by grooming, she contemplated changing careers.

After researching many career possibilities, her neighbor introduced her into raising red wigglers and Black soldier fly. In 2015 and 2016, she saw several webinars on Straw Bale Gardening and Urban Farming. Her first reaction was, “Right On.” She feels you are never too old to step out on a new horizon. She is now in her 3rd year in growing her garden in Straw Bale and has become a Certified Straw Bale instructor. She has also spoken at the Master Gardener Public meeting in 2016. She is in the process of expanding her 1 acre yard into a Mini Urban Farm to be able to teach young and old the great adventures in gardening.

 
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Tom Stebbins


Tom Stebbins is the UT Extension Agent for Hamilton County. Prior to this job, Tom worked at the UT Plant & Pest Lab in Nashville for eight years. In that position he used microscopes and special tests to identify over 2000 insect and disease problems each year. He received his Masters Degree from Michigan State University. Tom teaches a class for 60 new Master Gardeners each year. He answers questions from gardeners and professional landscapers. He is also an advisor to the Chattanooga Association of Landscape Professionals and the Tennessee Valley Beekeepers Association. He often appears on TV, talks on radio and contributes to the Chattanooga Times Free Press and other publications. Tom feels that gardening provides healthy exercise as it teaches us about our food sources and many associated environmental issues.

 
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Karen Webster


Karen holds a Bachelors’ Degree and Executive Certification from the University of Wisconsin. She held management positions for firms in the Milwaukee area for 30 years and she was an instructor at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. Currently retired, she moved with husband from Wisconsin 13 years ago to join family located here.

Karen joined the Master Gardeners in 2007 and has been a very active member ever since. She has served as a board member, she is a member of our education committee, she regularly teaches courses and workshops ranging from container gardening, miniature and fairy gardening, terrarium gardens and succulents. She presents these classes to local garden clubs, at the Food Bank, at private organizations and at our 3rd Saturday MG classes. Karen has also spoken at the Tri-State Garden Conference. Karen is a past member and Secretary for Tennessee Valley Bonsai Society. And, she has 10 years of experience working at Bryant’s Garden Center, a family owned garden center in Cleveland Tennessee.

 
 
 
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