Local garden enthusiasts won’t have to travel far to attend the next spring show.
The Madison County Garden Expo will be held Saturday, April 1. The event will be a full day of looking, learning and shopping, according to organizers.
The show will be held at the Della Selsor building of the Madison County Fairgrounds in London. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Madison County Master Gardeners and OSU Extension Madison County.
The Expo is returning to the community for the first time in nearly 20 years, according to Master Gardener Barbara Myers. Previously, it was known as the Home & Garden Show.
“We want to engage the community, and pass on the information we have learned,” said Myers.
• 10:15 a.m. — Bibbity, Bobbity, Boo: Learn to grow a pumpkin as large as Cinderella’s Coach. Three hundred-pound pumpkins are not uncommon. The teacher is giant pumpkin farmer Dan Kirts, from West Jefferson.
• 11:15 a.m. — All These Bugs Are Driving Me Crazy: Understand the importance of pollinators to the food you put on your table. The teacher is Master Gardener Jane Kutzley.
• 12:15 p.m. — If You’ve Got Shade, You’ve Got Room for Hosta: From minis to giants, where can hosta fit in your yard? The teacher is Master Gardener Barbara Myers.
• 1:15 p.m. — How Sweet It Is: With a little work, you can have a thriving honeybee hive in your backyard, too. The teacher is Master Gardener Nancy Hertlein.
• 2:15 p.m. — Water, Water Everywhere, Maybe I Should Save Some: Want to do your part for the environment and also save some money? Learn about rain gardens and how to make your own rain barrel. Master Gardener Russ Hessler will show guests how to make your own rain barrel and Master Gardener Harriet Dana will discuss rain gardens.
Attendees can also visit with vendors selling plants, garden implements, fairy garden accessories and more.
Find out how to control those critters who venture into your yard by visiting the ODNR Division of Wildlife display. Learn more about the London Farmers’ Market, bike trail, 4-H and who to call before you dig up your yard. And, be sure to look for the garden railroad exhibit.
Bring your garden questions and meet with a Master Gardener volunteer. Check out the children’s activities including a Make and Take fairy garden for a small fee. And don’t forget to visit Ye Olde Garden Shoppe for a great bargain on gently used garden books, tools and more.
Food will be available for sale.
The Madison County Master Gardener volunteers is a not-for-profit organization with the objective to promote and teach environmentally-sound, research-based gardening practices to the citizens of Madison County.
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