The Lifestyle Stage, featuring the Renegade Gardener

The Lifestyle Stage, Booth 2533

Get expert landscaping tips to help you create the yard and garden you’ve always wanted!

Get expert landscaping tips to help you create the yard and garden you’ve always wanted!

Don Engebretson, The Renegade Gardener, is a former Field Editor and garden scout for Better Homes and Gardens magazine and writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines across the country. He’s also well known to HGTV fans for the time he spent as gardening guru on the hit show, TIPical Mary Ellen and his work as landscape design expert on the popular PBS program, HOMETIME. A professional landscape designer, Don has a witty, insightful take on the state of gardening in America today. He preaches that the joy of gardening comes from experimentation, and a passion for gardening comes from failing, laughing, succeeding and learning. Attend one of his seminars for tips and techniques on how to become a better gardener and create the yard, garden and landscape you’ve always wanted.

 

Plus, learn about solar energy benefits.

Mike Vaughn, StateWide Solar, will share information about how solar electricity works, including costs, financing and tax benefits.


Don’s Seminars:
Gardening for Birds, Bees and Butterflies
It’s the number one trend in gardening and Don presents not just the procedures but the best plants and design tips to create an essential sanctuary for pollinators as well as our larger feathered friends. The seminar includes valuable handouts with details on the best native pollinator perennials for the St. Louis area, best trees and shrubs for bird habitat plus best local resources for plants and information.
 

Top 10 Gardening Blunders-And How to Avoid Them!
Sure, gardening is fun and soothing, but don’t always believe it when you see a landscaping project described as “easy,” or a plant touted as “foolproof.” Fact is, gardening is a lifelong learning process that involves more than a little guesswork, serendipity, and experimentation. Every gardener is sure to discover that startling success sometimes goes hand-in-hand with staggering failure. Don wants to help gardeners severely limit the “staggering failure” part and will take audiences through a large portion of the gardening learning curve with plenty of laughs along the way.


Yes You Can! Landscape Design for Homeowners
What’s more DIY than gardening? Except homeowners discover that planting a shrub is one thing; creating a professional, functional design plan for their property is another. Don created this seminar because he has heard “I want to landscape my own yard but don’t know the steps, or where to begin” a thousand times. He will take the audience through every step of the design process and instill in them the knowledge and confidence they need to create the beautiful yard, garden, and overall landscape they have always wanted.
 

Seminar Schedule:
Thursday
12:00 Yes You Can! Landscape Design for Homeowners
1:00   Solar Energy Benefits
3:00   Top 10 Gardening Blunders-And How to Avoid Them!
6:00   Gardening for Birds, Bees and Butterflies

Friday
12:00 Gardening for Birds, Bees and Butterflies
1:00   Solar Energy Benefits
3:00   Top 10 Gardening Blunders-And How to Avoid Them!
6:00   Yes You Can! Landscape Design for Homeowners

Saturday
12:00 Yes You Can! Landscape Design for Homeowners
1:00   Solar Energy Benefits
3:00   Top 10 Gardening Blunders-And How to Avoid Them!
6:00   Gardening for Birds, Bees and Butterflies

Sunday
12:00 Gardening for the Birds, Bees and Butterflies
1:00   Solar Energy Benefits
3:00   Top 10 Gardening Blunders-And How to Avoid Them!