A well-known horticulturist and landscape architecture will present educational seminars during the 24th annual Home and Garden Seminar and Show scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

A well-known horticulturist and landscape architecture will present educational seminars during the 24th annual Home and Garden Seminar and Show scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

The event is sponsored by the Jefferson County Extension Service, Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Clean & Beautiful Commission and Master Gardeners of Jefferson County, a volunteer organization associated with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. There is no admission fee.

Janet Carson, Extension horticulture specialist with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, will discuss “Getting Your Garden Ready to Grow” at 11 a.m. in a Convention Center banquet hall.

Carson received a bachelor’s degree in urban horticulture and landscape design and a master’s degree in general agriculture with a minor in horticulture, both from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Since December of 1992, she has been an Extension horticulture specialist and serves as the Master Gardeners statewide coordinator, a volunteer program that she started in 1988. Carson gives state leadership to the program of consumer horticulture. She is responsible for providing information to the 75 counties for all areas of horticulture related to home gardening, with an emphasis on ornamentals. From July 1980 to November 1992, she was a county Extension agent-agriculture with the Pulaski County Extension Service. Her primary area of responsibility was in the horticulture program, both consumer and commercial.

She is married and has two children.

Chris Olsen, a landscape architect, will discuss the “Five Seasons” at 1 p.m. in a banquet hall. Olsen attended Oxford (England) University, studying landscape architecture, landscape principals and philosophy and graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in business.

In partnership with his father, Olsen obtained a landscape maintenance company called Doramus and established the Horticare Landscape Co. After only 10 years, the company grew into five divisions: chemical, maintenance, landscape, nursery and irrigation. In 2003, he opened his second home and garden store called Botanica Gardens on Rebsamen Park Road in Little Rock. In September of 2005, he chose to pursue other endeavors in his life and sold Horticare. He is now working solely at Botanica as the master designer.

Active in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Olsen designed and installed the landscape for the Build for a Cure Projects in Little Rock. In addition, he has been active in the Multiple Sclerosis Society, RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network), Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care and the Arkansas Lung Association. His design works have been featured in several of the Symphony Design Houses, At Home in Arkansas, The Arkansas Times, AY Magazine, Health and Living, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Real Living and Better Homes and Gardens. He was also featured in Arkansas Business 40 under 40, representing businesspeople who are on the move in their respective fields.

Both Carson and Olsen will be signing their books after their sessions.

A special drawing for a Stihl trimmer will be held at the conclusion of each seminar. Registration for the drawing will be held at the beginning of each session, and the recipient must be present to win.

Four how-to sessions will be held in the Convention Center Arena.

At 9 a.m., Sheryl Little of Sherwood, grand prize winner of the 29th National Beef Cook-Off, will demonstrate the fruit and vegetable stir fry, which won her the $25,000 grand prize at Washington, D.C.

“I am thrilled to be named the winner of this year’s Cook-Off, Little said. “I grew up in the kitchen and there is nothing I’d rather do than create new recipes. I enjoy working with beef, too, because it’s a great source of protein and the wide variety of cuts gives you countless ways to get creative in the kitchen. The Stir Crazy Category gave me the opportunity to use fruits and vegetables that really compliment the beef and also create a colorful, beautiful and delicious recipe.”

Little will be accompanied by Ruby Poteet of Pine Bluff, Beef Cook-Off chairman for The Arkansas CattleWomen’s Association. She is an Arkansas state team member for the National Beef Cook-Off, treasurer of the Arkansas CattleWomen’s Association, convention chairman for the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association, treasurer of the American National CattleWomen’s Foundation and chairman of the national Beef Ambassador Program for The American National CattleWomen.

Poteet is a member of the Master Gardeners of Jefferson County, board member and treasurer of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum board. Poteet will also demonstrate some beef dishes. Samples will be available of the foods prepared.

Debbie Tripp, will present “Using Herbs in Your Every Cooking” at 10 a.m. Tripp operates Rosemary Hill Farm at Crystal Springs, just west of Hot Springs. She has been interested in herbs for more than 15 years, having been introduced to them by her sister-in-law, Monica Arndt, who is a past president of the Oklahoma Herb Society. Throughout the years, her herb garden has grown, as has her knowledge and love of all types of herbs. After assisting with many of the Oklahoma herb festivals and with encouragement from Arndt, Tripp ventured into herbs for sale.

Dr. Becky J. McPeake, professor of wildlife education with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center, will talk about “Mole Control and Deer Deterrents” at noon. She has worked for the University of Arkansas for 14 years. Previously, McPeake worked at Cornell University at Ithaca, N.Y., studying the human dimensions of deer management and the Missouri Department of Conservation in conservation education and conducted survey research. She, her husband and two children live in Benton.

“Fire Ant Management” will be Dennis R. Bailey’s topic at 2 p.m. Bailey is the county Extension agent-staff chairman of the Jefferson County Extension Service. He recently moved to Pine Bluff from a long Extension career in Oklahoma and two years as a state representative in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He was reared on a small farm and holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science and master’s degree in ageducation, both from Oklahoma State University at Stillwater. He has also been in the poultry and backhoe business.

He collected the first “official” red imported fire ants in Oklahoma in 1985 and has been on the education trail to control them ever since as they have continually spread north and west. He even spent time in Washington, D.C., lobbying for research funding within the federal Agriculture Department. He and his wife, Karen, have three children.

The event, which is a major fund-raiser for the Master Gardeners of Jefferson County, will also include activities for children and teens, door prizes and concessions by Jenkins Industries. There will be about 100 booths, providing information, product displays and sales and literature. New this year will be Meet the Masters – Master Gardeners will share their expertise on various lawn and gardening subjects at predetermined times in the Master Gardeners booth.

Booth space is still available for vendors for $50 for one booth and $25 for each additional adjoining booth.

Sponsorships are also available: Platinum, $500; Gold, $300; Silver, $200; and Bronze, $100. Sponsors receive complimentary booths to display products or literature and will be included in any printed brochures, newspaper ads and radio coverage.

Information on booth and sponsorship packages is available by contacting Anthony Whittington, agriculture agent with the Jefferson County Extension Service, at 534-1033 or awhittington@uaex.edu.