Box Office: (419)-238-6722
Apr 16 , 2016

VAN WERT BLOOMS with P. Allen Smith & Friends



Balcony Only Tickets are available at $30

The Balcony tickets include all Speaking Presentations, Book Signings and Presenter Meet & Greet. (Balcony Tickets exclude breakfast, lunch, swag bag and door prizes).

CEU's can be earned by all ticket holders regardless of seating.

A Restaurant Guide is provided for all Balcony Ticketed Patrons who will be going off-site during the 1 hour lunch break. These restaurants are prepared to provide a expedited quality experience. 

Click Here To Find Your Restaurant Of Choice - Reservations Ensure A Peace Filled Day

Come prepared for the Blooms Marketplace where attendees can purchase choice Plants, Books, Garden Totes and purchase a raffle ticket for some baskets nicely tailored to a gardening enthusiast. 

Please come prepared with a checkbook or cash. Credit Cards will not be accepted at the VW Blooms Marketplace.

Celebrity Garden Designer, P. Allen Smith, will be a keynote speaker during the Van Wert Blooms Gardening Symposium. Garden enthusiasts and friends from surrounding states will be gathering at the Niswonger for a full day of informative speakers, Q&A’s and book signings.  Smith will be the featured speaker of the conference. In his presentation, Smith will share stories and scenes gathered from his wide-ranging travels to world-class gardens while taping programs for his nationally syndicated television shows. He will offer tales about many of the fascinating gardeners he has met along the way - some zany, others serious, but all  passionate about their plants. Smith will offer plenty of bottom-line gardening advice, with a dash of down-home humor and lots of real-life anecdotes. His career as a best selling author, award winning television host and frequent guest on the Today Show have brought him national acclaim, including the prestigious 2006 National Medal of Honor from the Garden Club of America. He will be available after his lecture to sign copies of his Garden Home series of books. Along with P. Allen Smith are noted industry experts who will also share the stage and be available for inquisitive minds. Master Gardeners can earn 6 CEU’s from attending. 




Paul Allen Smith is a television host, designer, gardening and lifestyle expert. He is the host of two public television programs, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, and P. Allen Smith's Garden to Table and the syndicated 30-minute show Garden Style. His television show P. Allen Smith's Garden Home has been aired on PBS member stations and insyndication on other networks. Smith is one of America's most recognized garden and design experts, providing ideas and inspiration through multiple media venues.  He is the author of the best-selling Garden Home series of books published by Clarkson Potter/Random House, including Bringing the Garden Indoors: Container, Crafts and Bouquets for Every Room and threcently published cookbook, Seasonal Recipes from the Garden, inspired by the abundance of food from his farm and a family of cooks. In 2014, Smith's television shows took the Taste Awards by storm with Smith returning to Little Rock with four Taste Awards.

Pam Bennett

Pam is the State Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator for Ohio and Horticulture Educator and Director for Ohio State University Extension in Clark County.  She has a BS in Landscape Horticulture and an MS in Human and Community Resource Development from Ohio State University.  Her responsibilities include providing leadership for the OSUE Master Gardener Volunteer program consisting of more than 4,000 volunteers and conducting consumer and commercial horticulture programs.

Pam specializes in herbaceous ornamental plant trials and evaluates more than 200 varieties of annuals and two genera of ornamental grasses; she presents programs on annuals and perennials as well as other landscape topics locally, statewide, and nationally.  Pam has also lectured in South Korea and China.  She is Chairman of the 

National Extension Master Gardener Committee, a Clark County Park District Commissioner, and is the Past-President of the Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden.  She also provides leadership to the OSUE MGV International Outreach program.

Pam is the co-author of the newly-published book Garden-pedia, An A-to- Z Guide to Gardening Terms, writes a weekly gardening column for the Springfield News and Sun and the Dayton Daily News, authors the bi-monthly Ask the Expert Column for Ohio Gardening magazine and is a frequent writer for popular gardening magazines as well as trade publications.

Irvin Etienne

Irvin is the Horticultural Display Coordinator at the Indianapolis Museum of Art where he has worked over 20 years. He helps the Horticulturists with plant selection and garden design as well as designing and maintaining his own areas. While working in the 152 acres of the IMA gardens and grounds requires knowledge and skill with all manner of woody and herbaceous plants, Irvin lusts for and loves the tropical species most of all. He is the recipient of both the Gold and Silver awards in Electronic Media Writing from the Garden Writers Association for his blogging at the IMA. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Public Horticulture. There is an attempt to infuse humor in all aspects of public interactions whether live, electronic, or in print. In his own garden everything from cannas to eggplants to Magnolias coexist in a lush jungle fed by manure from his own rabbits and chickens. Obviously a product of the midwest, Irvin could be considered, well, a simple farm boy that likes shiny sparkly things. And is easily distracted.

Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun - Amanda landscapes by day and blogs at night. She has blogged for almost 10 years. She also was a blogger for Fine Gardening magazine. She writes content for Green Profit and is also featured in a monthly column. In 2010, amanda co-authored Grocery Gardening. She was part of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening and now lives in Chicago with her family in a pup tent in the parking lot of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Barbara Wise

Barbara Wise works for Landscape Service, Inc. (LSI) in Nashville, Tenn., as Director of Floriculture. She oversees the design, installation and maintenance of 350 clients’ annual beds and more than 400 containers for the company, a recognized leader in sustainable landscape management, design, construction and water management practices in the southeast. She also provides educational classes, teaches master gardening courses and works as a gardening consultant. She shares her appreciation for all things gardening on her blog, BWiseGardening. Barbara is also a writer for Tennessee Gardener and has a monthly gardening column, Garden Compositions, in Nashville House, Home, and Garden magazine. With the desire to cultivate a culture of gardening, Barbara’s passion for helping new gardeners succeed led her to publish her first book, Container Gardening for All Seasons, in 2012.

Maria Zampini

Maria’s first memory of working in the family business is putting fertilizer pills in pots at age seven. Maria worked her way up the green corporate ladder and now represents LCN Selections and other new plant varieties, researching and developing the plants and introducing them to the market. Under her guidance UpShoot has expanded its breadth of work to include marketing of garden related products. Additionally, Maria is also a respected author, speaker and consultant.

In 2012 Maria was named Director of Plant Development for the Agricola Management Group, the exclusive licensee of the HGTV HOME Plant collection. Her work includes sourcing genetics for the various plant collections, working with grower and retail partners as well as networking with garden writers.

Maria writes a monthly column in Garden Center Magazine and a regular column for Nursery Management. Her work has appeared in numerous other publications, including American Nurseryman, Nursery News, Country Folks Grower, Fine Gardening and the northern issues of State-by-State Gardening Magazine. She is also a sought-after speaker, lecturing on new plant introductions, sustainability, native plants, plant patents and trademarks and other plant-related topics.


Alexander, Tom and Sylvia
Baker and Keister, LLC
Baughman Tile
Baumle, Roman and Kylee
Bevington, Rod and Kay
Brooks, George and Altha
Clay, Jim
Covey, Jim and Ruth Ann
Czajkowski, Andy and Mary
Evergreen Garden Club
First Federal Savings and Loan
Gearhart, Mike and Janet
Hartwig, Fred and Louise
Hurless, Mark and Cindy
Kennedy, Bruce and Julie
Kirchenbauer, Dave and Janice
Kitson, Mike and Deb
Kleinschmidt, Andy
Lindeman, Ryan-Edward Jones
Mazur, Jerry
McCracken, Eric-Lee Kinstle GM
Men's Garden Club
Okuley, Roger and Kay
Pollock, Steve and Diana
Purmort, Bill and Kim
Robideau, Jim and Theresa
Sheppard, Jim and Linda
Simon, John and Leslie
Smith, Janet
Stemen, Gordon and Paula
Taylor, Gary
Van Wert County Foundation
Van Wert Federal Savings Bank
Van Wert Manor
Straley Realty & Auctioneers
Tisha Fast - State Farm Agent
Staci Kaufman
Vancrest Health Care Centers
Van Rue Properties
Mobile Gro
Strait Gate Greenhouses
Ohio Gardener magazine
Horticulture magazine
Once I Was
Peony Envy
Laurie's Naturescapes
Ace Hardware
Seed Keepers
Mod Boutique
Van Wert Chamber
Kennedy Manufacturing
Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Touches of Time
State Farm
The Grainary
Maria Zampini - HGTV
Something From The Garden
Just Because Jewelry and Gifts
Laudicks' Jewelry
Beining's Nursery
Van Wert Parks and Recreation
Willow Bend Country Club
Dramm Corporation
Fettig's Flowers
Laurie's Naturescapes
Corona Tools
St. Lynn's Press
OSU Extension Van Wert
Horticulture Magazine (F+W Media, Inc)
Ohio Gardener (State-by State Gardening)
Garden Design
The Seed Keeper Company
Great Garden Plants
Brumback Library
Lee's Ace Hardware
Van Wert County Hospital
Parkview Physicians Group
Northwest Ohio Screenprinting & Welch Trophies
Welcome Home
Jayne Smith
Once I Was
Cobra Head LLC
PanAmerican Seed Co.
Holiday Inn Express
Collins Fine Foods
Fortman's Crescent Linen Service, LLC
Iberdrola Renewables
Proven Winners
Krista Scarbrough
Kennedy Manufacturing
Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew
Greenhouse Effect
Stitches Are Us
Botanical Interest
Nature's Source
Lincoln Ridge Farms
Wilkinson Printing - Van Wert
Grants Catering
Burcham Printing
Strait Gate Greenhouses
Something From the Garden
ACE Hardware Van Wert
Proven Winners
Renees Garden
Botanical Interest

Performance Schedule

  • Saturday, April 16, 2016 8:00 AM Cal +


Immediate access parking is FREE at the Niswonger. Lots are located to the North and South of the venue. Handicap parking is available to the East of the facility immediately outside of the main entrance.


All areas of the Niswonger and certain seating areas are accessible by wheelchair. Please notify the Box Office (419-238-NPAC) at the time of ticket purchase so that a platform for companion seating is reserved. Please ask the ushers for assistance to be seated. All entrances from the parking lots have ramps and are at sidewalk level. A wheelchair-accessible elevator serves both levels of the Niswonger providing both the lower and upper lobby and auditorium. All restroom facilities offer handicap accessibility and a larger family restroom is available on the upper lobby level. There are a limited number of handicap accessible parking spaces available in the front of the facility and in both the North and South campus parking lots. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Niswonger also has assisted listening devices provided by the Van Wert Service Club. Please contact the Box Office for details: 419-238-NPAC.

Alert the Facilities Manager of any special considerations. The Niswonger Staff is ready to assist with entry to and from the show. Please contact the Box Office in advance at 419-238-6722 or [email protected].

Group Sales

Advanced event ticketing, a 10% discount and a driver comp ticket are available for groups of 10 or more. Arrangements must be made through Jerry Beard, Box Office Manager, 419-238-6722 or [email protected].

Electronic Devices & Camera Policy

Please or silence all electronic devices when the house lights go down for the performance. We welcome you to access social media to share your experience during intermission or after the performance. The use of cameras, audio recording devices and video recording devices is prohibited at performances at the INB PAC. The use of professional lenses and flash photography is strictly prohibited. Flash photography may distract the performer and cause injury.

Age Restrictions

There are no age restrictions for this family show. Children three and under are granted admission without a ticket so long as they are held by an adult ticket-holder. The VWAPAF reserves the right to preclude the attendance of children under the age of 5 years determined by the nature of the performance. Guardians will be asked to remove their child/children if they cause disruptions for other ticket-holders during a performance.

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