Spring has sprung and it’s time to start gardening, if you haven’t already. As you plan what you will grow this year, think about what you might be able to enter in the fair. There is a class for just about anything you might grow in your garden, flower beds or landscaping. There is a new gardening trend right now where you plant some of your vegetable plants in your flower bed, or other landscaping areas. It is called Foodscaping and that could be an entire article of its own.
Some of the garden and farm crop classes include common vegetables, such as cucumbers and squash, and also fruits, such as blueberries and watermelons. There are many more.
In the Horticulture Department, there are three divisions. The first is potted plants, including everything from giant ferns to tiny African violets.
Another division is arrangements. This is usually 2 or more flowers, or even colorful leaves, such as Coleus, arranged in a container with water.
The final division is called single flower and is where you would enter a single rose, or a single cluster, such as Hydrangeas or Crepe Myrtle, in a container with water. Just think of all the beautiful entries.
The day to enter most items in the Education Building at the fair this year is Tuesday, August 29, from 1:00 – 7:00 pm. Baked goods and fresh cut flowers are to be brought in the following morning, Wednesday, August 30, from 7:30 – 10:00 am. Farm crops and garden produce (including honey and eggs) is either day. We’ll let you know when the catalog is available so you can look at all the classes available.