The 2nd Annual Garden Show and Plant Sale, coming up May 2nd and 3rd, at the Polk County Fairgrounds, gives the Master Gardeners an ideal opportunity to exercise both their primary goals. They will present a wide variety of healthy plants, already adapted to do well in our area, to beautify their neighbors’ gardens and landscapes. There will be something for everyone: trees and shrubs, annuals and perennials, herbs and bulbs, wild flowers and grasses. New this year, will be a selection of “ready-made” hanging baskets and dish gardens.
The Event also includes a full schedule of Speakers and Demonstrations, fulfilling the Master Gardeners’ commitment to offer educational opportunities to the community.
SCHEDULE FOR THE EDUCATION BUILDING, FRIDAY, MAY 2nd
12:00 Doors open
1:00 Plant Diagnosis – Sherrie Smith, Instructor in Plant Pathology from the UA Fayetteville Extension Office, will be speaking about plant diseases, and invites the public to bring her their questions and samples of their problem plants.
2:00 Worm Towers – David Anderson, Master Gardener from Montgomery County, will demonstrate how to construct a cheap, incredibly effective method of bringing significant and lasting fertility to any garden.
3:00 Companion Planting – Sherry Beaty Sullivan, County Agent from Howard County, will talk about how some plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pest, or providing nutrients, shade, etc.
4-6:00 Kid’s Workshop, – a choice of two craft projects, depending on the ages of the youngsters involved.
4:30 Lasagna Gardening – a demonstration by Polk County Master Gardener, Frances Smith. Lasagna Gardening is the name given to this no-dig, no-till, above-ground garden, created by layering “brown” and “green” layers of organic materials, which, over time, will “cook down” into rich, fluffy soil.
6:00 Doors close.— Come back tomorrow for more fun!
SCHEDULE FOR THE EDUCATION BUILDING, SATURDAY, MAY 3rd.
9:00 Doors open.
Ongoing Kid’s Workshop
9:30 Captivating Containers – Carla Vaught, Polk County Agent, will speak about selecting striking plant combinations for sun or shade.
10:30 Transplanting Vegetables – Brad McGinley, Montgomery County Agent, will provide information about the best methods of giving your garden a jump-start by using seedlings instead of seeds.
11:30 Lasagna Gardening – Frances Smith will repeat her demonstration of how to build this do-it-yourself garden.
12:30 Beginning Herb Gardening – Rae McKim will be discussing choices of herbs and how to plan the herb garden.
1:30 Potatoes in the Straw – Karen Herpich will explain the “easiest way ever!” to grow potatoes, and her sister, Rachel Gilley will demonstrate making a garden wreath.
2:30 Door Prizes
3:00 Show closes! See you next year!
DRAWINGS WILL BE HELD THROUGHOUT BOTH DAYS IN BOTH BUILDINGS.