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Bees, bamboo, bottle trees part of 2014 Arkansas Flower & Garden Show

Fast Facts

  • 2014 Arkansas Flower & Garden Show set for Feb. 21-23 at Statehouse Convention Center
  • For more info: www.argardenshow.org
  • 2014 theme: Gardening -That's Entertainment!

LITTLE ROCK – Bees, bamboo and bottle trees are just three of the topics set to engage your gardening brain at the 2014 Arkansas Flower and Garden Show set for Feb. 21-23 at the Statehouse Convention Center.

This year’s show theme is “Gardening - That’s Entertainment!”

“This year, we have an incredibly diverse lineup of experts and booths during our three-day run,” said Krista Quinn, executive director of the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show. “We have just about everything for your home, including experts on backyard chickens, beekeeping and entertaining.”

This year’s keynote speakers are Don Bingham, former Governor’s Mansion executive chef and landscape designer and author C. Colston Burrell.

Friday morning’s lineup includes back-to-back Burrell presentations at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m.: “Finishing Touches: Details in Garden Design” and “The Art of Perennial Combination.” Dustan Clark, extension veterinarian, will speak at 3:30 p.m. about " Backyard Poultry: From Community Zoning to Your Breakfast Omelet.”

In keeping with this year’s “That’s Entertainment” theme, Chef Bingham will offer recipes and decorating ideas on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2:15 p.m., with his talk, “Outdoor Arkansas Party Time!”

Janet Carson, author, newspaper columnist and extension horticulture specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, speaks at 1 p.m. Saturday about “Ornamental Edibles/Edible Ornamentals.”

Saturday’s lineup also includes Dale Almond of the Arkansas Bamboo Connection, talking about “Bamboo: A Million Uses for a Renewable Resource,” Larry Kichler of Central Arkansas Beekeepers on “Bees in the Garden: That is Entertainment,” and Pulaski County Master Gardener Susan Rose with her  “Magical, Mystical, Mythical: The Folklore of Bottle Trees.”

The show is produced in partnership by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs, Arkansas Florists Association, Arkansas Green Industry Association and Arkansas Master Gardeners.

Show sponsors are Fiser Kubota, Central Arkansas Water, Dr. Steve and Merilyn Tilley, Clark Trim and Henrik Thostrup, Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, Carol and Allan Mendel, and Centennial Bank.
This year’s garden sponsors are: Arkansas Bamboo Connection, Grand Designs, The Horticare Company, Ozark Folk Center State Park, Roseberry Landscape and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.   
Proceeds from the show fund various educational opportunities including scholarships.

For more information about the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, visit www.argardenshow.org or visit extension's web site, www.uaex.edu, or contact your county extension agent. The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the U of A Division of Agriculture.

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

February 7, 2014

By Mary Hightower
Cooperative Extension Service
U of A Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Extension Communications Specialist
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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