Garden Show and Plant Sale 

Friday & Saturday 

March 20th & 21st, 9-5pm


Farmers Market Big Red Barn at the Agricenter

7777 Walnut Grove Road


PRINT: Flyer (full view)



Note to all:
Parking for Spring Fling is free!  However, the circus is at the Showplace Arena and charges for parking in the big lot next to the arena. If you are going to Spring Fling (and we hope you are) please tell the attendant that you are going to our event and they will not charge you. Or park by the Red Barn or the Agricenter. Please look for our parking attendants and they will direct you!

MAMG Spring Fling 2015 Speakers

Suzy Askew is the Gardens Education and Volunteer Coordinator at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. She most recently was Plant Activities Coordinator for Lichterman Nature Center. She is a past president of the Ikebana Society, was the driving force behind the Mageveny House Garden project, is a National Garden Club Flower Show Judge, and a member of the National Historic Preservation Committee. Suzy is a recipient of The Memphis Horticultural Society's Award of Horticultural Excellence. She taught first grade for 10 years, five in Corinth and five at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis; and also taught gardening at the Grizzlies Prep Charter School.  She studied education at Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi and holds a Masterís Degree in Landscape Design.

Lelia Scott Kelly is an Extension Professor and the Consumer Horticulture Specialist for the Mississippi State University Extension Service.  She is a regular contributor to Mississippi Gardener magazine as well as newspapers and other gardening publications. She conducts short courses, workshops, and Master Gardener programs statewide, and is a frequent speaker at garden events in the Southeast. In 2014, Lelia was recognized by the MSU Extension Service for her statewide contributions to building better communities by receiving the Franklin T. Burns Outstanding Extension Community Resource Development Award. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in horticulture from Mississippi State.

Tor Janson is the Collection Curator of Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) a seed bank with more than 20,000 varieties of heirloom vegetables, fruit and flowers.  The organization has an 890-acre research headquarters in Decorah, Iowa, and is one of the few seed banks in the country, which offers seeds for the home gardener.  Tor has been at SSE since 2011, and is primarily responsible for collection acquisitions, evaluation, documentation, and promotion. He enjoys interacting with SSE members via the Member-Grower Evaluation Network (M-GEN), a group of dedicated SSE gardeners from across North America who grow and evaluate SSE collection varieties to identify regional adaptations and assess eating qualities. Torís educational background is in biology and landscape architecture.

Jason Powell is the owner of Petals from the Past which he founded in 1994 near Jemison, Alabama. The nursery specializes in antique roses, heirloom shrubs and hard to find perennial flowers and herbs. Petals from the Past covers 43 acres and includes display gardens; fruit gardens containing blackberries, blueberries, figs, muscadines, apples, Asian pears, and Oriental persimmons; growing facilities; and an educational facility.  The goal of Petals from the Past is to approach gardening from an educational standpoint: Jason plants display gardens so visitors can see mature plants; and, he hosts educational programs monthly so visitors can gain insight into good gardening information.  Jason has a BA in Landscape Design Horticulture from Auburn University and an M.S. from Texas A&M University in Horticulture.

 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 combinations 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 a contributing editor to Fine Gardening magazine. Jason has a B. S. in Agriculture from UT Ė Martin and a M.S. in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from UTK.

Carol Reese is a Research Horticulture Specialist at UTís 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. 

Rita Venable is a writer, photographer, naturalist and speaker.  She is author of Butterflies of Tennessee. She has published numerous articles and photographs in literary publications, newspapers, and magazines including American Butterflies, American Gardener, and Backpacker; and was the editor of Butterfly Gardener. Rita has won numerous Excellence in Craft awards in writing and photography and was an artist-in-residence in creative writing with the Tennessee Arts Commission for five years. She has spoken on the topic of nature at many venues; and has been a speaker and guest on various radio programs across the Mid-South. Rita has a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the UTK and has completed coursework at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro in both Entomology and Magazine Writing and Editing.


EDUCATIONAL and FUN, Kid's Corner provides a variety of hands-on activities for pre-school and elementary age children to engage their curiosity and expand their interest in horticulture.


 Bring your 
Gardening Dilemmas 
 to our Free Clinic 

WHERE IS IT?                                                                   

  Click on the Red Barn for map            

   7777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38120                     



Important Upcoming Dates for Exhibitors and Vendors

                 3/19/2015:    Vendor Set-up

                 3/20/2015:    SPRING FLING Market Hours: 9am - 5pm

                 3/21/2015:    SPRING FLING Market Hours: 9am - 5pm

               Have Questions about the Event?                                                                   
     Vendor Inquiries, please contact:                                                                                                             
     Carol Watkins  Spring Fling Vendor Committee Chair        Phone: 901-277-5838
     Betty Nolan      Spring Fling Vendor Committee Co-Chair  Phone: 901-871-7641                              

                         General Event Inquiries, please contact:
                         Master Gardener Office   Phone: 901-752-1207  



Last Updated

3/7/2015 10:31am

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