(Saturday April 9 only):

Seminars will begin at 9:00AM in the central floor of the expo. Programs will run every hour from 9:00am to 3:00pm.


9:00AM  Gary Gragg: Growing Heirloom & Heritage Tomatoes

Enjoy a discussion on heirloom tomatoes with local tomato expert Gary Gragg. Learn the difference between heirloom and heritage tomatoes and the history of the tomato. We will review some of the best Kentucky Heirloom tomatoes you can grow and will have some heirloom tomato seeds to giveaway.

10:00AM  Shannon Trimboli: Making a Difference for Pollinators No Matter the Size of Your Yard
Host of Backyard Ecology Podcast

Shannon Trimboli of Backyard Ecology and Busy Bee Nursery and Consulting is looking forward to giving a presentation at the Home and Garden Expo on ways that anyone can make a difference for pollinators, regardless of the size of your yard. She will also have a booth set up where we can continue discussing ways to improve your pollinator and wildlife habitat. Shannon is a wildlife biologist, beekeeper, author, and public speaker. Busy Bee Nursery and Consulting specialize in plants and habitat consulting services for honey bees, native pollinators, and wildlife conservation. Backyard Ecology is a blog and podcast focused on igniting our curiosity and natural wonder, exploring our yards and communities, and improving our local pollinator and wildlife habitat.

11:00AM  Cyndi Routledge
Life of the Ruby-throated hummingbirds – Safe Practices in Feeding and Attracting Them to Your Garden
President of Southeastern Avian Research

Southeastern Avian Research is a 501©3 all-volunteer, non-profit located in Clarksville, TN.  It was established in 2014 to promote the conservation and preservation of hummingbirds and other migratory species through scientific study and education.  For additional information about SEAR, to learn about our work and for a schedule of our banding activities check out our website –

12:00PM  Laura Teague: Evolution of a Garden – from Pasture to Paradise
Teaguewood Daylilies

When Laura first was introduced to daylilies in 2003, she was hooked and bought 2 dozen plants to grow in a former cow pasture. Over the years that one row of daylilies has evolved into a garden that now contains hundreds of daylilies that she has hybridized, 21 of which are registered with the American Daylily Society. Come learn about her journey from cow pasture into Teaguewood Daylilies, an official American Daylily Society display garden.

1:00PM  Ron Daniels: Growing & Caring for All Types of Roses
Master Consulting Rosarian with American Rose Society

Ron enjoys growing roses and sharing his experiences. He is a consulting rosarian and has been a featured guest on “Volunteer Gardener”. He has over 150 roses in his home garden including hybrid teas, shrub roses, miniatures, climbers, and David Austin English roses.

2:00PM Kelly Jackson: Rain Barrels
University of Kentucky – Christian County

Why let all the rain go to waste when you could be collecting it to water your garden. This class will explain the how-to for setup, constructing (or purchasing) your own rain barrel, and how to irrigate effectively.

3:00PM Kelly Jackson: Kentucky Under Attack! Invasive pests threatening your landscape.
University of Kentucky – Christian County

Are you prepared for Emerald Ash Borer, Laurel Wilt, Spotted Lantern Fly, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, and many other non-native pests that seem to be descending on Kentucky? This topic will cover what to expect and (maybe more importantly) what you can do about it.