Speakers’ Theatre (Hall A)

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

*Subject to change

As of March 18, 2019

Friday, March 29

12:00 p.m. THE LILY BEETLE INVASION

Barbara Adams Eichendorf – Canadian Prairie Lily Society

 

2:00 p.m. GERANIUM – 2019 SASKATCHEWAN BLUE CROSS PLANT OF THE YEAR

Jackie Bantle – University of Saskatchewan Plant Sciences Dept.

The geranium is a general term describing an annual flower that comes in many different colors and leaf types.  This talk will discuss where geraniums originate, what the many different types of geraniums are and the best methods of caring for different types of geraniums.  If you love the geranium’s pretty flowers but don’t have an outdoor garden, consider growing it as a house plant.

5:00 p.m. GROW YOUR OWN OASIS

Bob Bors – University of Saskatchewan Plant Sciences Dept.

Learn the basics on building and maintaining a backyard pond.  Popular water and bog plants will be described including how to take care of them.  Pond liners, aeration, filtration, fertilization, fish, chlorine control, will also be discussed.

Saturday, March 30

10:00 a.m. XERISCAPE: LOW WATER, LOW MAINTENANCE GARDENING – 2hrs***

Sara Williams – Author, Retired Horticulturist, University of Saskatchewan

This presentation will cover the principals of xeriscape (design ideas that conserve water, soil improvement, efficient irrigation, reducing conventional lawn areas, and mulching) as well as some of the hundreds of hardy and drought tolerant trees, shrubs, vines, perennials and bulbs available for prairie gardens.

2:00 p.m. SAVING POLLINATORS ONE GARDEN AT A TIME

Jed Williams – Backyard Pollinator

 

4:00 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 31

 

3:00 p.m. LAYER YOUR PERENNIAL GARDEN AND ENJOY BLOOMS THROUGHOUT THE SEASON

Bernadette Vangool – Saskatchewan Perennial Society

Different plants flower at different times of the year. Bulbs, irises and peonies will flower in spring while lilies will flower in July. Helianthus has a long flowering period from July to freeze-up. Day lilies have varieties that span from spring to August. Shrubs like hydrangea can add long time interest into fall and winter. Grouping these plants together in a border will extend the bloom time of your garden. Making conscious choices in plant material can give you a long season of enjoyment. Glancing at my garden even in the middle of winter gives me a sense of well-being.

*** NOTE: This class will be recorded for educational purposes. All efforts will be made to film only the instructor, but please be aware that patrons may also be included incidentally during the filming process, especially if they are walking around or speaking during class. Please be aware that while we do have preferred seating for students who do not wish to be filmed, we cannot guarantee it.