2014 New Albany

Home and Garden Show

April 4th-11:00 AM-3:30 PM

April 5th-8:30 AM-3:00 PM





Denise Pugh has been a Master Gardener since 1999.  Her passion is cottage gardening using the tried-and-true passalong plants from her grandmother’s generation.  In recent years, Denise and her husband have become avid beekeepers and poultry enthusiasts.  The Pughs have two beehives, nine chickens and three grandsons.

Catherine, originally from a women's fashion background found that the creative elements in fashion design could easily be transferred to the decorating and entertainment field, thus a career was born. Catherine's passion for finding unique elements for every celebration also emphasizes the importance of both staying relaxed and glorifying all that God has provided. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Catherine has lived in the Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Northwest, Texas, and Mississippi. The exposure to these different regions is to which Catherine attributes her love for entertaining and capability for mixing styles. Her work has been described as "unexpected, yet warm and inviting" finds great joy in encouraging others to entertain in their own home and to use what they already have in unusual ways.  She believes that the best place to begin is to open your doors! Catherine along with John David Williams coauthored the "Fearless Entertaining" book series which include, Fearless Entertaining, The Fearless Entertaining Workbook, Fearless Entertaining Flowers, Fearless Entertaining's Beautiful Weddings, and Fearless Entertaining's One Vase 52 Ways. Catherine currently lives in Mississippi with her husband Randall and their four children. 

  Schedule of Events

2014 New Albany Home and Garden Show

112 Fairgrounds Circle

New Albany, Mississippi 38652


  This event is free with the exception of luncheon with Catherine Strange and Diane Tate, tickets for luncheon will be $20.00 and are limited to 160 seats. Door prizes will be given away throughout the day. 

Luncheon is Sold Out

Friday April 4th

Ladies Building

12:00 Noon-“All Things Bright and Beautiful” – An Educational Luncheon with Catherine Strange, Author and Floral Designer, and Diane Tate Floral Designer

2:00 PM-“Blooms and Butterflies” - Norman Winter, Director of University of Georgia’s Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens and Author

3:00 PM-Margaret Gratz, Author and Lee County Master Gardener

Exhibit Building

11:00 AM-"Plant This! Not That! Alternatives to Common Plants"-Dr. Geoff Denny, MSUES Horticulturist

12:15 PM –"Alternative Wildlife Enterprises for Small Farms"-Dr. Adam Tullos, MSU Natural Resources Wildlife Specialist

1:30 PM-"Fantastic Woody Ornamentals for the Spring"-Dr. Jeff Wilson, MSU Area Horticulture Specialist

2:45 PM –"Moths!! Dreaded Pests of the Garden"- Dr. Blake Layton, MSUES Entomologist



 11:00 AM- Something for Children—Sherri McCalla

12:15 PM–


Extension Office

11:00 AM-"Sweet Potatoes"-Karen Caviness, MSUES Program Assistant/Nutrition Educator


Saturday April 5th

Ladies Building

8:30 AM-Welcome

9:00 AM-"Birds, Butterflies, and Bobcats"- Norman Winter, Director of University of Georgia’s Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens and Author

10:15 AM-“Lelia Favorite Plants-From Herbs to Ornamentals”-Dr. Lelia Kelly, Extension Professor of Horticulture  

11:30- "Cultivating Life and Roses in the deep South"-Chris Van Cleave aka The Redneck Rosarian

12:45 – “Made in the Shade-A Hostaholic Shares the Best Hostas for the South"–Larry Tucker, Author

2:00PM-"The Use of Conifers in the Landscape"-Rick Pudwell, Director of Horticulture, Memphis Botanical Gardens


Exhibit Building

9:00 AM-“Bee Keeping”-Bob Russell, Red Belly Bee Farm, Myrtle, Ms 

10:15 AM-"Field Production of Cut Flowers for Small Farms"-Dr. Crofton Sloan, MSU-MAFES Horticulture Research Specialist

11:30 AM-"Weeds, Weeds, Weeds, and More Weeds"-Dr. John Byrd, MSUES Weed Control Specialist

12:15 PM-"Growing Sweet Potatoes for Gardens and Small Farms"-Dr. Stephen Meyers, MSU Sweet Potato Specialist

1:30 PM-"Making Mighty Fine Homemade Wine from the Fruits of Your Garden"-Dr. Scott Cagle, MSUES County Agent-Chickasaw County



9:00 AM-"Soil Polymers and Making a Living Wreath"-Yvette Cutrer-LSU Master Gardener

10:15 AM-“Composting and Square Foot Gardening”-Dale Smith, Lee County Master Gardener

11:30 AM- “Plants of the Bible”-Kay Martin, Lee CountyMaster Gardener

12:45 PM-"Fairy Gardening”-Denise Pugh, Tippah County Master Gardener



Extension Office

11:30 AM -“Superfoods”-Karen Caviness, MSUES Program Assistant/Nutrition Educator  

Norman Winter is the new Director of University of Georgia’s Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm, located at 2 Canebrake Road, Savannah, GA. Norman has also managed several other organizations in the horticultural field as Executive Director, including the Columbus Botanical Garden, the National Butterfly Center and the American Rose Society.


As an Extension Horticulturist with Mississippi State University Extension Service he was coordinator for the Mississippi Medallion Award program, promoting outstanding plants for the state. He received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Mississippi Nurserymen Association in 1997 and the 2005 Gold Award the highest honor given by Mississippi’s Federated Garden Clubs.


His award winning Southern Gardening television news segment was seen weekly by an estimated 465,000 viewers on TV and Cable outlets such as WLOX-TV, Biloxi; WLBT-TV, Jackson; WDAM-TV, Hattiesburg; WXVT-TV, Greenville; WTVA-TV, Tupelo; WTOK-TV, Meridian; WCBI-TV Columbus, WKFK-TV Pascagoula and 4 times a week nationally as part of Farmweek on RFD-TV. His Southern Gardening radio program was heard daily on over 2-dozen stations. In Columbus, GA he was seen weekly on the NBC TV 38 Dee Armstrong Show.


He is currently a syndicated columnist with Knight Ridder Tribune now McClatchy Tribune where his garden columns are read nationwide from coast to coast and north to south, from Anchorage AK to Bradenton, FL.


Norman is a sought after garden lecturer speaking at such well known events as the Callaway Gardens Symposia, Southern Garden Symposium in St. Francisville, LA.,  Georgia Perennial Plant Association, Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, Little Rock Flower Show, National Garden Club Convention, Arkansas State Master Gardener’s Convention, Emy Lou Botanical Gardens, New Orleans Botanical Gardens and Memphis Horticultural Society.


Norman has written four books; Mississippi Gardener’s Guide published by Cool Springs Press in Franklin, TN. The Mississippi Library Association selected it as the non-fiction “Book of the Year”. The 264-page book features over 170 color photographs and a color wheel for plant combinations. Norman’s second book is titled Paradise Found, Growing Tropicals in Your Own Backyard was published by Taylor Trade Publishing in Dallas, Texas. Norman’s third book, Tough-As-Nails Flowers for the South published by University Press of Mississippi, is available in both paper and hardback. Captivating Combinations Color and Style in the Garden also by University Press of Mississippi is his latest release.