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April 2024

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Resident Bloom & Grow Member Experts

                            Katy Moss Warner – Professional Horticulturist and former                                                        Director of Disney Horticulture.

                            Van Donnan – Avid plantsman and plant tissue

                                                      culture pioneer.

Booth Volunteers

                          Stephanie Jornd, Sophie Casey with Horizon High School Students

                         Kelly Carr from Eight Waves with West Orange                                                                              High School Students

Ask the Experts is located in front of the Garden Theatre

in Zone 10

Nurseries Donating Plants

 Agri-Starts Apopka,

Moss Hill Foliage Apopka

Russell's Bromelaids Clermont

Sunshine Horiculture Apopka


Saturday, April 6th, 2024


9:00 am - 11:00 am  ,

Melissa Shepherd: Bedding plant expert and avid gardener;  Disney’s Horticulture cast member.

Brooke Moffis: IFAS Lake County Extension Agent, avid gardener and author.

11:00 am - 1:00pm 1

Tom MacCubbin: Author, TV and Radio personality and for Orange County Extension Agent.

Wes Parrish: Palm and Tree expert and avid gardener; former owner of Parrish Nursery in Parkland FL.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Kyle Kroeplin: Foliage plant expert; Owner of BWH Plant Co and Jungle Room, Orlando.

Janice Crawford: Avid Gardener; UF Master Gardener, UF Master Naturalist for Coastal Systems.


3:00 - 5:00 pm

Kathrein Markle: Wekiwa Gardens owner and foliage plant expert. 

Alan Shapiro: Bird Expert and Plant expert, former owner of Grandflora nursery.  

Sunday, April 7th, 2024


10:00 am - 12:00 am   

Patrice Ragusa: Landscape Architect and avid gardener.

Robert Bowden: Vegetable expert and avid gardener; author, former Executive Director of Leu Gardens.

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  

Billy Butterfield: Ameriscapes owner and avid gardener.

Andy Kittsley: Tree expert; former Urban Forester for the City of Orlando.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  

Kelly Baumier: Avid Gardener; Director of Eco-Education Center at Magnolia Park. Maureen Henderson: President of Ground Effects Landscape Maintenance, Inc..




April 2024

And there is  MORE!  Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 2:00  


This educational display will again feature live owls and other birds of prey, called raptors, and present important information about Florida’s native and migratory raptors.  These unique presentations appeal to all ages.  Check out their website at  They will be at the festival both Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 2:00.

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