For the Daily News
Gardeners, take heart. Winter may be bearing down, but spring will be ushered in early this year at Mississippi State University.
The Starkville Area Arts Council will team up with Mississippi State University to present the 3rd annual “Everything Garden Expo” which is set for March 5-6, 2011, at the Mississippi Horse Park on the MSU campus.
Show hours are 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 5; and 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. Admission is $5 per person, and children six and under will be admitted free. Some 60 booths have already been reserved by vendors who will be showing and selling equipment, plant materials and garden art.
Organizers are planning an event to offer both hobby and professional gardeners the latest in products and growing techniques. There will be seminars led by the region’s leading garden authorities, including radio’s “Garden Mama” Nellie Neal, who will discuss “Vegetable Gardening Wisdom” and Lelia Kelly who will discuss “Latest tips From the World of Herbs.”
Horticultural authorities will also discuss garden design, gardening with the entire family, growing daffodils, organic gardening, controlling pests and container gardening. Be watching for a complete schedule of events and educational seminars.
There will also be activities for children and cooking demonstrations using bounty from the garden.
“This is Northeast Mississippi’s premier garden show featuring a broad array of vendors. We’ve added more booths and new vendors to the show this year as its popularity grows,” said Emily Jones, who is co-chairing the event with Ruth Josey and Judy Loftin.
“Mississippi State University is widely known for its horticulture and landscape architecture programs,” added Jones. “This is the perfect place to conduct a regional garden Expo which will appeal to gardeners from throughout the Mid-south.”
Other contributing sponsors include the Mississippi State University Extension Service, The Mississippi Horse Park, Starkville School District Family Centered Programs, The Mississippi Arts Commission, The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.
For more information contact Candy Crecink at the Starkville Area Arts Council at 324-3080.