University of Vermont Extension 
Department of Plant and Soil Science

Winter Article


Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor

A horticulture educator and garden expert who professes a special interest in butterflies, bugs, and blooms is the featured speaker at this year's Vermont Flower Show to be held Feb. 28 through March 2 at the Sheraton Inn and Conference Center in S. Burlington.

Carol Ann Margolis of Albany, N.Y., a lecturer at the University of Vermont (UVM) and North Carolina State University and a consultant to National Gardening Association, will offer a lively look at "Sex in the Garden," focusing on flowers and their pollinators, including birds, bees, and butterflies.  She is one of more than two dozen speakers scheduled to present educational seminars during the three-day show.

Charles Siegchrist of Barber Farm Landscape Design in Jericho, one of the show's designers,  will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how this premier and state's largest annual horticultural event is planned and produced.  Other talks will cover a wide range of topics from low-maintenance perennials, houseplant propagation, bonsai, water gardens, and heirloom perennials to alpine plants, ecological lawn care, landscape lighting, vegetable gardening, and popular gardens in eastern United States, Canada, and Holland.  Participants also will learn how to control insect pests on trees, shrubs, and turf; grow fruits successfully; and garden with wildlife, among other topics.

In addition, this three-day extravaganza features special garden-related activities for kids and a floral design competition with floral artwork.  Several vendors also will be on hand to sell horticultural products and services although the real star of the show is the large floral display with model garden railway in Exhibition Hall.  This massive display depicts this year's theme of "Over the River and Through the Woods."

The show will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.  The all-inclusive daily admission price is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (55 and older), and $2 for children (2 to 12). Children under 2 will be admitted free.  A weekend pass, good for all three days, is $15 for both adults and seniors.

Parking is free.  A shuttle bus will provide free and continuous service from the back parking lot of the Sheraton to the entrance of the show throughout the day.  To reach the Sheraton, take I-89 to Exit 14W.

The Vermont Association of Professional Horticulturists is the sponsor of the event in collaboration with UVM Extension.  For more information, call (802) 865-5979 or visit

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