Part of the Gardeners Connect Free Speaker Series.
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Two Free Programs, Just for You.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Lunch Break On Your Own and then
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Refreshments begin at 10 a.m.
SCI115 in the St. Ignatius Science Center (See Campus Map Below)
Enter from 54th Street or Park on Troost
Kansas City, Missouri 64110
Lisa Mason Ziegler, author of the book “Cool Flowers: How to Grow and Enjoy Long-Blooming Hardy Annual Flowers” and a commercial cut-flower farmer in Virginia, plans to give two free programs with a break for lunch in between. The programs are titled “Growing Great Spring Flowers” followed by “From the Ground Up.”
Lisa sells her flowers to Colonial Williamsburg, florists, upscale grocery stores and on her farm. Her working 1½-acre cutting gardens produce more than 15,000 stems of flowers a week in season.
She also has authored the book “The Easy Cut-Flower Garden.”
Her program “Growing Great Spring Flowers” is based on her book “Cool Flowers”: and covers not only getting these flowers back in our gardens but also how important they are to beneficial insects such as pollinators.
Lisa plans to share her experiences growing hardy annual flowers such as snapdragons, sweet peas, bells of Ireland, pansies and many other spring beauties. Revisiting cool-season gardening, a common practice in days gone by, will change spring in the garden forever.
“Growing Great Spring Flowers” discusses the practices Lisa follows in her fall- and very early spring- planted gardens that produces the flowers for the most anticipated season of the year — spring. Cool-season gardening with hardy annuals isn’t a new idea, but is rekindled from the days of our grandparents when a garden was a part of everyday life.
Lisa plans to introduce the cool-season concept, covering when and what to plant, where to locate for the earliest blooming, setting it up for low maintenance and how to keep the blooms coming into summer.
During the second program, the “From the Ground Up” gives instruction about how to start seeds and tend your garden soil organically. Program includes how to plant seeds directly in the garden and starting indoors using the English method soil blocking. Lisa reveals the steps she follows to prepare the garden for abundant growth and low maintenance.
“From the Ground Up” includes the practices that are at the root of the success and beauty of Lisa’s flower farm; starting from seed and caring for the soil as the most precious gem.
Learn to start from seed directly in the garden and indoors using the English seed-starting method soil blocking. For those who want to grow organically and to have choices beyond what is available at the local garden center, seed starting is essential and easy with a few ground rules to follow.
Lisa shares her simple, not-back-breaking steps to jumpstarting your soil—no matter the challenges you face. Learn the steps to continue building the soil to make it more self-sufficient with each passing season.
This program includes a slide show and hands-on-demonstration of seed-starting using the English method of soil blocking.