THE RI Federation of Garden Clubs
RI Federation of Garden Clubs is back by popular demand! RIFGC has served our local communities
for 88 years connecting people of all ages to nature through design, horticulture, and education. This year
we are bringing our best and brightest to a Springtime Floral Fusion featuring contemporary floral artistry that is sure to inspire, excite, and delight our visitors. To learn more about the RI Federation of Garden Clubs, visit us in the Flower Show area in the concourse outside the main hall. Or visit our website at rigardenclubs.org.
Floral Competition in the lobby area!
RIFGC is thrilled to be coordinating with RIBA in a fresh and exciting partnership of new opportunities. Working with the hundreds of students that participate in the Home Show perfectly parallels our outreach and education efforts over the past 88 years. Sharing our passion and love for design, the environment, and horticulture has always been our mission. At the RI Home and Garden Show we are able to do that in a relevant, inspiring, and meaningful way.
RIFGC SPEAKERS FOR RI HOME & GARDEN SHOW
Sue Redden: Fun With Flowers
Friday, April 6 | 1:00 - 1:45PM
Traditional floral design: Conditioning plant material; selecting components- container, mechanics, plant material; planning the design for chosen placement. Sue Redden is an Accredited-Master Judge for National Garden Clubs and Flower Show Schools Chairman for Rhode island Federation of Garden Clubs.
Blakely Szosz: Container Gardening
Friday, April 6 | 4:00 - 4:45PM
A container garden can be as simple as a centerpiece for your patio table or it may be a dramatic urn that steals the show. Blakely Szosz has been the head gardener for Rhode Island Country Club for the past 12 years. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1991 and, having fallen in love with Rhode Island, has been putting down roots here ever since. She is past President of the Barrington Land Conservation Trust and Barrington Garden Club and she currently serves as President of Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs. Her specialty is container gardening as she considers them to be the finishing touch - or jewelry- to any well designed landscape.
candace Morgenstern: Contemporary nature
Saturday, April 7 | 11:30AM - 12:45PM
Candace is an Accredited-Master Judge of National Garden Clubs of Rhode Island, former State President of RI Federation of Garden Clubs, and a leader of the American delegation of the World Association of Flower Arrangers (WAFA). Inspired by Friday’s RISD/CE program Hand Dying Fabrics With Plants, Candace will use her artistry to incorporate yarn, silk, and natural fibers into four contemporary floral designs.
Mike and Angelina Chute: Six Simple Steps to Successful Rose Gardening
Saturday, April 7 | 1:00 - 1:45PM
It’s easy to grow beautiful roses in your home garden once you know how. Six Simple Steps to Successful Rose Gardening is one of our most popular programs because it appeals to every gardener who wants to successfully grow roses. It explains everything you need to know in six easy-to-follow steps that take the mystery out of rose gardening. We include plenty of tips and personal anecdotes from over twenty years of rose gardening experience that demonstrate how easy it is to grow great roses.
We will be available to sign copies of our books: Roses for New England: A Guide to Sustainable Rose Gardening and Rose Gardening Season by Season: A Journal for Passionate Gardeners after the program.
Barbara Blossom: WIld Things
Saturday, April 7 | 4:00 - 4:45PM
An award winning designer and National Garden Clubs Accredited Judge, Barbara Blossom has participated in countless Flower Shows including Newport, Hartford, Boston and Cape Cod and is bringing her eclectic sense of humor and passion for color to the flower show this year.
Julie Christina: Design Inspiration from
Sunday, April 8 | 1:00 - 1:45PM
Julie first fell in love with nature, plants, and all things garden-related as a child exploring in her backyard. She has a Bachelor of Science in landscape horticulture from Ohio State University. Since 2008, Julie has been Education Program Manager at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol, where she is continually inspired by the history and the abundant gardens. This past year, she started a boutique floral design business called Christina Flower Co. Julie strives to incorporate local and seasonal flowers and foliage in all of her designs.
Dan Christina: Topiary Workshop
Sunday, April 8 | 2:00 - 2:45pm
If you thought topiary was only for mansions or out of reach for the general public you are in for a treat. Dan Christina, Chief Horticulturist at Preservation Society of Newport and Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth will demonstrate just how enjoyable and accessible it can be for your own home and garden.
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