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Outdoor Living Extravaganza

2017 Dates and Location To Come

Registration - $95 per person

8:00AM - 4:00PM
Includes • Catered luncheon Free Plant • 4 Lectures Goodie Bag • Parking

Hey there, gardening friends! We’re excited for you to join us for a full day of gardening fun this spring! Our annual Outdoor Living Extravaganza will get you pumped up for the new gardening season. Our educational seminar will inspire you with new plants, design ideas and more, and you’ll have a chance to purchase plants and other gardening goods right there at the show. Everyone will go home with a FREE bag of valuable goodies, one FREE plant, and a head full of ideas to put to use right away in your garden.

2016 Speakers

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P. Allen Smith

Award-winning designer, gardening and lifestyle expert

Smith is one of America’s most recognized and respected garden and design experts, providing ideas and inspiration. He is the author of the best-selling Garden Home series of books published by Clarkson Potter/Random House, including: Seasonal Recipes from the Garden, Bringing the Garden Indoors, Living in the Garden Home, Colors in the Garden, Container Gardens, and Garden Home.

“Proven Winners and I share the mission of encouraging people to discover all the pleasures of gardening.  By working together, we combine creative ideas and beautiful plants that inspire a lifelong love of gardening.”

~P. Allen Smith

Topic: Health, Home & Happiness

Cindy Meyers

Business & Events Manager, Proven Winners

Cindy has been a part of the Proven Winners family since 2008. She enjoys and highly values building relationships with our Proven Winners customers. If you ever visit the Sycamore marketing office you will quickly see that her goal is to delight, surprise and serve each customer she has opportunity to work with. In fact, much of her growing enthusiasm for gardening is due to her interactions with Proven Winners customers who share their love of gardening with her!

Topic: Emcee

Jessica DeGraaf

Retail Account Manager, Proven Winners

Jessica is an avid gardener that has spent her entire life in the horticulture industry.  Growing up in a small garden center in Northern Michigan,  she fast learned the value of hard work and in the process, was bitten by the plant bug!  Passionate about people and plants, Jessica is an industry veteran with prior work in sales and marketing for Benary Seed Company, C. Raker and Sons, and Walters Gardens. She holds a master’s degree in horticulture from Michigan State University.  In her new role at Proven Winners,  Jessica will specifically focus on the needs of  independent garden centers,  creating partnerships and building innovative programs to support this vital segment of our industry.

Topic: Why Perennials Matter!  Selecting Plants With and For a Purpose.
Gardens whether large or small are a direct extension of our lifestyle and creative whimsy.  Each year seems to bring an endless supply of new and “improved” perennials to the market.  How is a gardener to know which plants to actually pick when all of these promise that they are the best thing since sliced bread?  In this session, we will discuss some of the best no-fuss perennials for your garden space that provide beauty, function and best of all,  solve some of the common problems that all gardeners face.

Jack Barnwellhead-shot-JBARNWELL1-e1425589283718

Barnwell Landscape and Gardening Services

Jack is an award winning garden designer, Author, and owner of C3 Gardens of Southwest Florida as well as Barnwell Landscape and Garden based on the small Northern Michigan island of Mackinac. Jack has over twenty years of experience creating breathtaking commercial and private garden displays on one of the world’s premier summer vacation destinations. His newest venture with Partner, Tom Smith is already gaining recognition as one of the most exciting new companies in the Naples/Marco Island area of Florida.

His plantings received top honors at the Cincinnati Flower Show, taking home an award for Best in Show. Jack’s work has been featured in many publications, including Landscape Management Magazine. As a consultant for Proven Winners, Jack contributes to the design of beautiful gardens at prestigious commercial properties all over the United States.

Jack’s first book, An Introduction to the Gardens of Mackinac Island, was published in the spring of 2013. He is currently working on his second book, Container Garden Recipes for Porch, Pool, and Patio. This second book will read like a cookbook and include many of his favorite designs.

At the end of a long day, Jack, his wife Karen, and their new son Reed enjoy watching the sun set, no matter which island they are on at the time.

Topic: Annuals

Tim Wood

Product Development Manager, Spring Meadow Nursery

As a longstanding nurseryman, Tim career has included extensive work in public horticulture involving stints at Longwood Gardens, the Arnold Arboretum, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and other public gardens. He has taught horticulture courses at public and state universities, has published numerous articles and photos in most major nursery and gardening magazines, is the co-author of three books, and is an avid lecturer.

As the Product Development Manager for Spring Meadow Nursery in Grand Haven, Michigan, Wood travels the world searching for promising new woody ornamentals worthy of introduction. Since he is an active breeder with over 30 plant patents to his own name, he has a keen eye of what to look for in new plants. A few of his favorite shrubs are Summer Wine® Ninebark, Bloomerang® Lilac, and Incrediball® Hydrangea. Wood holds a BS and MS in Horticulture from Michigan State University and was named Michigan Grower of the Year in 2001.

Keynote: Hydrangeas Demystified
Everyone loves Hydrangeas, but they can be confusing and difficult to flower if you don’t know and understand the natural habitats of each species. Tim will take you through each significant garden species, show you the best varieties and let you know how to get the best blooms possible.  Join Tim as he travels around the world searching for new and improved hydrangea varieties; you’ll get the meet the breeders, hear the story behind their plants and learn why some are worthy of the Proven Winners label.   

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Refund Policy: We are happy to refund the price of your ticket if you contact the main office one month prior to the event date. If it is after that
time frame, we will be unable to refund the ticket and suggest giving or selling it to a friend or family member who would like to attend.
Thank you for your understanding.

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