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2018 Expo Seminar Schedule and Speaker Bios


 

Seminars

 

Presenter Seminar Title
Katie Bishop Spring & Summer Vegetables
Katie Bishop Fall & Winter Vegetables
Katie Bishop Tomatoes
Holly Colf Dahlias
Eleanor Craig Great Ferns for Southern Gardens & Their Shady Friends
Richard & Sallie Ford Deer & Predator Invisible Fencing
Linda Fraser Growing Wild Things in a Polite Neighborhood
Allison Janes & Rob Mock Hydroponics
Kevin Mathews Nature Photography
Angel Miller Mushrooms – Vital to Soil and Health
Jeff Morris Okra, A Southern Staple
John Nessle Proper Planting of Shrubs & Trees
Stephanie Payne Basic Landscaping
Ruby Rymer Gardening Small in Terrariums and Troughs
Tom Stebbins Good Bugs — Bad Bugs
Pat Stewart Herbs
Nick Yorlano Cactus and Other Succulents


 


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Seminar Descriptions

 


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Spring & Summer Vegetables – Presented by Katie Bishop

 
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Fall & Winter Vegetables – Presented by Katie Bishop

 
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Tomatoes – Presented by Katie Bishop

 
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Dahlias – Presented by Holly Colf

 
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Great Ferns for Souther Gardens & their Shady Friends – Presented by Eleanor Craig

 
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Deer & Predator Invisible Fencing – Presented by Richard & Sallie Ford

 
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Growing Wild Things in a Polite Neighborhood – Presented by Linda Fraser


 
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Hydroponics – Presented by Allison Jane & Rob Mock

Rob and Allison will give an over view about the foundation you need to start hydroponically. Lighting, systems, nutrients, and propagation will be some of the topics discussed.

 
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Nature Photography – Presented by Kevin Mathews

 
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Mushrooms: Vital to Soil and Health – Presented by Angel Miller

 
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Okra: a Southern Staple – Presented by Jeff Morris

 

 
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Proper Planting of Shrubs & Trees – Presented by John Nessle

 

 
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Basic Landscaping – Presented by Stephanie Payne

You don’t have to pay a professional for the perfect layout of your yard to have beauty and symmetry. With a few fundamental concepts of design placement, location of the sun and shade, color and interest, you can have that professional look on a budget. Many pictures of good and bad landscaping will be shown and these examples will make a clear picture of ways to make your own yard a very special place.

 
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Gardening Small in Terrariums & Troughs – Presented by Ruby Rymer


 
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Good Bugs — Bad bugs – Presented by Tom Stebbins


 
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Herbs – Presented by Pat Stewart


 
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Cactus & Other Succulents- Presented by Nick Yorlano


 
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Speaker Biographies

 


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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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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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Allison Janes


 
 
Allison is a recent graduate of a B.S in Agriculture from Tennessee Tech University. She helps run Urban Horticulture Supply. She enjoys every aspect of gardening with the exception of pulling weeds.

 
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Rob Mock


 
 
Rob is the owner of Urban Horticulture Supply in Chattanooga,TN. In addition to owning a small business he is active within the community building rooftop gardens and classroom education systems.

 
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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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Stephanie Payne


 
 
Stephanie has been a Master Gardener for 14 years and during that time she and her husband turned an ordinary lot in a subdivision into a little piece of paradise. Both shade and sun gardens, water features, natives and ornamental were tastefully placed throughout the lot. The showplace of the neighborhood was accomplished by careful planning and a knowledge of landscape design.

 
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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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