San Antonio Festival of Flowers

Seminars

2016 Saturday Morning Seminar Series

9:45am

12 Months of Butterfly Gardening16 Calvin Finch
Presented by Dr. Calvin Finch

An introduction to the plants that will provide nectar producing blooms in your yard year-round.  Learn how to provide a beautiful and nurturing habitat for the many South Texas butterfly species that will be visiting your landscape with nectar, plants that invite caterpillars, water and food offerings, and a benevolent pesticide program.

Dr. Finch is the co-host of Milberger’s Gardening South Texas on KLUP 930 ‘The Answer’.  His weekly gardening column appears in the San Antonio Express-News and six other South Texas newspapers.  He recently retired as Senior Researcher of the Urban Water Program of Texas A&M’s Institute of Renewable Natural Resources.  Previous positions include Director of Water Conservation for SAWS. He has a PhD in horticulture from Texas A&M University.

 

10:45am

The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water16 Pam Penick
Presented by Pam Penick

Pam’s talk is based on her new book, The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water—a follow up to her earlier book, Lawn Gone!  Her ideas will inspire you to create beautiful outdoor spaces that are wonderfully unique, contemporary in style, and water-thrifty.

Pam Penick is an Austin landscape designer and blogger.  Her blog, ‘Diggin: Cool Gardens in a Hot Climate’ is filled with great ideas for people who are passionate about DIY Gardening, Landscaping and Plants.  Read it at www.penick.net.16 Pam Penick Book

Includes book signing.

 

 

 

 

 

11:45am

Growing Daylilies in San AntonioRay Elizondo
Presented by Ray Elizondo

The daylily has sometimes been called the “perfect perennial”.  Selecting varieties of daylilies can provide beautiful blooms throughout the landscape through spring and summer. Be sure to see – and vote—on your favorite specimens at the 2016 Daylily Show and Sale, presented by the San Antonio Daylily Society in the Exhibit Room.

Ray Elizondo has been a member of the San Antonio Daylily Society for many years. He has served on the group’s executive board as president, vice-president for programs, secretary and newsletter editor. He has been a Comal County Master Gardener since 1998. He’s never met a plant he didn’t like, but daylilies are his favorite blooms.  He encourages local gardeners with an interest in daylilies to join the American Hermerocallis Society and the San Antonio Daylily Society.  Ray is a San Antonio native, living in New  Braunels after retiring as an officer from the United States Army.

 

 

 

12:45pm

Natural Pest Control Techniques15 Skip Richter
Presented by Robert “Skip” Richter

Skip introduces you to organic and natural solutions for controlling insects and pests in your lawn and garden.  Amazing photos and footage of insects as you’ve never seen them before, and how to identify the “good bugs” from the bad ones.

Skip is a long-time regular contributor to Texas Gardener Magazine.  He is also the author of Month-by-Month Gardening Texas: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year.  As a graduate of Texas A&M University, he has managed Master Gardener programs in Montgomery, Travis and now Harris County.  He has developed such educational programs as “Don’t Bag It” recycling program and “Grow Green” educational program.Texas Month-by-Month Gardening

Includes book signing.