Speakers’ Theatre (Hall A)

FRIDAY, MARCH 27
1:00 pm Basics of Low Water, Low Maintenance Gardening
Sara Williams, Author/Retired Horticulturalist, University of SaskatchewanThis presentation will cover the basic principles of xeriscape: design ideas that conserve water such as grouping plants with similar water needs in the same bed; soil improvement by adding organic matter; efficient irrigation; reducing conventional lawn areas that in many cases are not used as lawn; and mulching. Sponsored by the City of Saskatoon
2:00 pm This Is Going To Cost What?!
Colin Enns, Keystone Paving CorporationIt seems it is a lifetime – or generation – ago since everything wasn’t so darned expensive (back when people walked to and from school, uphill both ways). Everyone knows the cost of buying a home, but not everyone remembers to account for the expense of a yard. Don’t give up on having a beautiful and comfortable outdoor living space and don’t settle for a mud hole forever. Learn how to set attainable goals and add value through landscape design.
4:00 pm Beginner Vegetable Gardening: Easy Vegetables to Grow Successfully
Jackie Bantle, University of Saskatchewan, Dept of Plant SciencesHave you been planning to grow some vegetables for yourself but you don’t know where to start?  Have you had a vegetable garden in the past but been frustrated by the poor results?  Jackie Bantle will give you some tips to help you get your vegetable garden off to a good start.  There will be discussion on which vegetables to grow to ensure success, what problems to watch out for in your vegetable garden and hints on how to ensure you have the healthiest plants possible. 
6:00 pm Trendy Plants on Instagram
Trevor Christopher, University of Saskatchewan
SATURDAY, MARCH 28
11:00 am Drought Tolerant Plants
Sara Williams, Author/Retired Horticulturalist, University of Saskatchewan
Sara will introduce you to hardy and drought-tolerant trees, shrubs, vines, perennials and bulbs that thrive in prairie gardens. Sponsored by the City of Saskatoon
12:00 pm Growing and Using Your Herb Garden
Noelle Chorney, The Gardener MagazineMany people plant herbs but are not sure how to use them. Noelle makes a concerted effort to grow things she can eat, and has been growing an herb garden and sharing how she uses herbs for more than 10 years. Learn about annual and perennial herbs that grow well in Saskatoon and surrounding area and how to incorporate them into your daily meals. 
1:00 pm Landscapers Are Like Snowflakes
Colin Enns, Keystone Paving CorporationJust like snowflakes, no two landscapers are identical. But the best landscape contractors are NOT like snowflakes – here today, gone when the sun shines (or cold, prickly, flaky, and adding up to a bunch of fluff)! Learn what to look for when choosing a landscape contractor for your project.
4:00 pm Invasive Plants: The Not-So-Good Horseradish
Renny Grilz, Meewasin Valley Authority
SUNDAY, MARCH 29
2:00 pm Invasive Plants: The Not-So-Good Horseradish
Renny Grilz, Meewasin Valley Authority
4:00 pm Growing and Using Your Herb Garden
Noelle Chorney, The Gardener MagazineMany people plant herbs but are not sure how to use them. Noelle makes a concerted effort to grow things she can eat, and has been growing an herb garden and sharing how she uses herbs for more than 10 years. Learn about annual and perennial herbs that grow well in Saskatoon and surrounding area and how to incorporate them into your daily meals.