Kick off the garden season!

Memphis Area Master Gardeners 


Garden Show and Plant Sale

March 23-24, 2018

9a.m. - 5p.m.

                         Admission and parking are free!                                

  • Educational seminars from regional/local experts and hands-on demonstrations
  • A gardening photo exhibit
  • Recycling information at the recycle right booth
  • A gardening book & magazine sale
  • Fun children's activities in our Kid's Corner on Saturday
  • Our Master Gardener Plant Sale includes more than 2,000 plants in a wide range of selections
  • Have a gardening question? We have the answer! The  "Ask a Master Gardener" Plant Clinic gives you personalized solutions to your particular gardening issue.
In addition, numerous vendors furnish unique plants, artisanal crafts, accessories and garden-related items in a                                                        wonderful "one-stop shop" gardening marketplace.                                                                                    
Don' miss "Garden Jumble" - a mini flea-market of gently used garden tools, implements, and art.

Questions?  901-752-1207

WHERE IS IT?  Click on the Red Barn for map   

Farmers Market Big Red Barn at the Agricenter                     

7777 Walnut Grove Road    Memphis, TN 38120



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     * KIDS CORNER Saturday only



2018 Speaker Information


 11 am   JOELLEN DIMOND    


Joellen Dimond is a Tennessee State University Extension Agent in Tipton County. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture with a Specialization in Landscape Design from the University of Illinois. She worked as the Horticulturist for the University of Memphis for 28 years. She is serving as Secretary of the State Board of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC) and is Past President of the West Tennessee Chapter of TUFC. She is one of the authors of the Herbaceous Ornamentals Chapter of the Extension Master Gardener Handbook and is a regular guest on The Family Plot: Gardening in the Mid-South PBS show.



Jason Reeves is a research horticulturist at the University of Tennessee Gardens located at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson. His colorful plant combination and unique garden art, made by recycling everyday objects, draws several thousand people to the center's annual lawn and garden show each July. He is also known for his elaborate fall pumpkin and gourd display at the center. His past experience includes work at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, the Opryland Conservatories, and in private gardens in New Zealand. In 2008, he began leading domestic and international garden tours and is contributing editor to Fine Gardening magazine. Jason has a B.S. in Agriculture from UT - Martin and an M.S. in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from UTK.



Chris Cooper is a UT Extension Horticulture Agent and Coordinator for the Master Program in Shelby County. He can be found throughout Shelby County conducting educational programs and addressing issues that affect urban and home horticulture.

Chris is the host of the series The Family Plot: Gardening in the Mid-South which can be found on WKNO Channel 10 (PBS) on Saturdays at 3:00 pm and Sundays at 12:30 pm. 

Chris has a B.S. degree in Soil Science from Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA., and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, Al.

 11 am   DALE SKAGGS  


Dale Skaggs is a native Memphian and is a 2001 graduate of Oregon State University with a B.S. degree in Horticulture. While in Oregon he worked as a landscape manager for the nationally-known mail order company Joy Creek Nursery. He earned Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees from the University of Oregon in 2004 and 2005. Dale has worked since high school in the nursery business and prior to moving to Oregon, operated his own landscape/garden contracting business for about seven years, during which he was an adjunct faculty member at Memphis' Southwest Tennessee Community College, teaching woody and herbaceous plant identification courses. Upon returning to Memphis in 2005, Dale worked in a variety of horticultural positions, among which was the Shelby County Horticultural Extension Agent with the University of Tennessee, at which he was responsible for the coordination of the Master Gardener program. Dale became the Director of Horticulture at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis in 2007 and is a past president of the Memphis Horticultural Society. He has received the Horticultural Commendation award from the Garden Club of America.



Chris Olsen is a nationally known home and garden guru, lifestyle expert, designer, author, TV personality and public speaker.  He is also a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

Chris H. Olsen, attended Oxford University in England, studying landscape architecture, landscape principals, and philosophy and also graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in business. Chris has over 30 years of landscape architecture and interior design experience.

Chris is the owner of Botanica Gardens in Little Rock and Plantopia Home & Garden Center, which is North Little Rock’s newest nursery and garden destination location.  Chris is active in the growing operations for his “Jhemajang” plant line. “Jhemajang is the art of mixing it up and Chris’ plant line is custom grown mix varieties of tough plants selected by Chris himself. 

Chris' design works have been featured in several of the Arkansas Symphony Designer Houses, At Home in Arkansas, The Arkansas Times, Real Living Magazine, Soirée, Inviting Arkansas, the Abode Magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens. Chris is a regular contributing writer for the Arkansas Gardener Magazine and At Home Arkansas. He writes with flair, wit and a bit of humor. He has also written for the Fine Gardening Magazine.

Chris's exceptional designs were the recipient of the People's Choice Award and numerous other honors at the Arkansas Garden Show for over 15 years running. Outstanding use of color and uniquely different designs are a trademark of Chris' talents. He has been associated with KTHV Channel 11, where he is featured on the morning, noon, and evening home and garden segments in the Weather Garden. He has been a part of this team for over 15 years.   Chris currently speaks nationally - has his own weekly segments called "Today's Home" with Chris H. Olsen, that are featured on THV-11 every Friday and Saturday and in over 158 nationally syndicated markets.      You can keep up with Chris on his website,

Signed copies of his book called "Five Season with Chris H Olsen will be available for sale.

 3 pm CAROL REESE    


Carol Reese is a Research Horticulture Specialist at UT's West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson. She is a nationally-known speaker, gardening and nature columnist for the Jackson Sun Times, and Q & A columnist for Horticulture Magazine. Carol has a B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture from Mississippi State University and attributes her love of horticulture to being raised on a farm by generations of plant nuts. Her speaking engagements take her all over the nation, but her favorite place to be is tromping local fields with her many dogs and taking a personal interest in the doings of the birds and bees.


Friday, March 23rd       

10 am:
 From the Package to the Pot to the Ground: All About Starting Your Garden with Seeds
Noon:   An Introduction to Ikebana- It's More than Just the Japanese Art of Arranging Flowers (Betty Nolan)                             
2 pm:   All About Herbs  (John Peterson)

Saturday, March 24th    

10 am:
Outside the Vase- The Not-Your-Mother's-Container for Flower Arranging (Rick Pudwell)

Noon:  Container Gardening: From Big to Little and Everything In-Between (Tom Rieman)

2 pm:   Attracting Wildlife to Your Urban Garden and Patio

                         ARROWHEAD NURSERY    ARTISTIC TOUCH
                                                 AUSTEN'S WOODWORKS                      BEEKEEPERS
                                                 BREEZY KNOLL WOODWORKS                    CARTER'S NURSERY
                                                 COTTAGE COLLECTION    DABNEY NURSERY
                                                 EARTHCRAFTS                    GARDEN OF ADEN
                                                 GARDEN OY VEY            GREEN VALLEY NURSERY
                                                 HERM'S SWINGS AND THINGS            JUDY DUFFY
                                                 LICHTERMAN NATURE CENTER            LITTLE HILL NURSERY
                                                 MELODIA HILL PLANT FARMS            MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN
                                                 MIDSOUTH GREYHOUND ADOPTION    MIDSOUTH TREE FARM
                                                 PRECISION SHARP-SHARPENING TRUCK    PRECISION SHARP WOODWORKS
                                                 REAL GOOD DOG RESCUE            RICHARD'S ORIGINALS
                                                 RP FUNDERBURK    SOUTHERN ROCKS/OO LALA BEADS
                                                 TWISTED SISTA'S            URBAN FORESTRY COUNCIL
                                                 WHIMZEE GLASS            WILLOW OAKS FLOWER FARM
                                                     * Additional vendors being processed/a few spaces still available
Contact Kelsey Lyons    901-274-8720

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UT/TSU Shelby County Extension Office
Agricenter International - Suite B, Box 21
7777 Walnut Grove Rd,
Memphis TN 38120.
Phone: 901-752-1207 Fax: 901-752-6240