Speakers’ Theatre (Hall A)

Speakers’ Theatre located in Hall A ~ a full range of industry experts and guest speakers will be on hand to provide information on hot topics, plant materials, landscaping and more.

SPEAKERS’ THEATER SCHEDULE – HALL A B.O. #1

*Subject to change

As of March 1, 2018

Friday, March 23

12:00 p.m. OUR ASH ON THE LINE: PROTECTING OUR URBAN FOREST FROM INVASIVE SPECIES

Jeff Boone – City of Saskatoon

Join Jeff from the City of Saskatoon and learn about the current situation of the cottony ash psyllid and the emerald ash borer. Is there a problem currently? What should we be looking for? Why are they invading our gardens?

1:00 p.m. CANNABINOIDS 101: WHAT WE KNOW AND WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON

Robert Laprairie – University of Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy & Nutrition

Cannabinoids are drugs structurally or functionally related to THC present in marijuana. The cannabinoid receptors are being studied as a target for the treatment of pain, addiction, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, as well as other disorders. What does this mean with the new legislation coming into effect before the end of year?

2:00 p.m. EDIBLE FLOWER GARDENING

Amy Jo Ehman, Author

Who doesn’t love to get a beautiful bouquet of blooms or gaze upon a field of wildflowers? A flower’s main purpose is to be pretty; they need to attract pollinators in order to produce seeds. Not only do they beautify your garden, they can also add aesthetics and exotic flavors to your meals.

5:00 p.m. CELOSIA – 2018 SASKATCHEWAN BLUE CROSS GARDENSCAPE PLANT OF THE YEAR

Jackie Bantle – University of Saskatchewan Plant Sciences Dept.

The celosia is an annual flower whose silky blooms get attention wherever they grow with a wide choice of appearance, size, and color. Get to know the 2018 Plant of the year with Jackie Bantle.

 

Saturday, March 24

12:00 p.m. GOOD BUGS, BAD BUGS – PEST MANAGEMENT

Tyler Wist – Entomological Society of Saskatchewan

When you find insects in your garden, your first instinct might be to destroy them, but that’s not always the best course of action. Some insects are destructive and should be controlled, but of the more than 1.5 million known insect species in the world, more than 97 percent are beneficial to gardens, or simply benign. That leaves less than three percent that are agricultural and nuisance pests.

1:00 p.m. SEA BUCKTHORN: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW SUPER FRUIT

Sara Williams – Horticultural Specialist & Author

Sea buckthorn, native to Russia, has been used medicinally since ancient times. Well adapted to Saskatchewan, many varieties were released by PFRA, Indian Head. It is today considered a “super fruit”, high in vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants. It’s also delicious made into jelly, jam and ice cream. It’s one of the 22 fruits in “Growing Fruit in Northern Gardens” by Sara Williams and Bob Bors. Sara will be available for additional questions, book signings and/or a friendly hello in Hall C at the U of S Gardening 101 area.

2:00 p.m. BIRDS – BIRDS IN REAL DANGER

Jan Shadick – Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation

Saskatoon, Buildings and Bird Strikes. A lot of planning, time and money go into attracting and feeding your backyard birds. But making your space appealing to them with food and plants they love is only one part of the equation. You also need to ensure that birds stay safe while in your yard.

 

Sunday, March 25

1:00 p.m. PAVING STONES: FROM CONCEPTION TO COMPLETION

Anthony Militano – Barkman Concrete

Let Anthony help guide you through all facets of a paving stone project – from product selection to installation.

2:30 p.m. SEA BUCKTHORN: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW SUPER FRUIT

Sara Williams – Horticultural Specialist & Author

Sea buckthorn, native to Russia, has been used medicinally since ancient times. Well adapted to Saskatchewan, many varieties were released by PFRA, Indian Head. It is today considered a “super fruit”, high in vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants. It’s also delicious made into jelly, jam and ice cream. It’s one of the 22 fruits in “Growing Fruit in Northern Gardens” by Sara Williams and Bob Bors.

Sara will be available for additional questions, book signings and/or a friendly hello in Hall C at the U of S Gardening 101 area.