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March garden expo offers 'all things'
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi gardeners will have an opportunity to attend an exposition honoring plants and all things related to them at an event the first weekend in March.
The Everything Garden Expo will take place March 6 and 7 at the Mississippi Horse Park, located on Mississippi State University’s South Farm. Doors will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5, and children 6 and younger are admitted free.
Organizers are planning an event to offer both hobby and professional gardeners the latest in products and growing techniques. There will be seminars by the region’s leading garden authorities, including “Garden Mama” Nellie Neal, who will discuss food from backyards, and Felder Rushing, whose topic is “getting real” in the yard and garden.
Other topics will include Invasive Weeds: A Cancer in the Landscape; Gardening 12 Months Out of the Year (with an emphasis on winter gardens); All about Tomatoes; and Plants from Grandmama’s Garden.
Horticultural authorities also will discuss garden design, growing echinacea (coneflowers) and urban forestry. A complete schedule of events and educational seminars will be on the Starkville Area Arts Council Web site at http:// www.starkvillearts.org.
Special programs designed for children will include an exhibit by the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science featuring a program on “critters” they might encounter in gardens. Magician Matthew Douglas will perform for children, and artist Nelle Elam will return for hands-on demonstrations of design elements with budding young gardeners in mind.
“This is northeast Mississippi’s premier garden show, featuring a broad array of vendors showing and selling their new garden wares,” said Jane Loveless, co-chair for the event.
“Mississippi State is widely known for its horticulture and landscape architecture programs. This is the perfect place to conduct a regional garden expo that will appeal to gardeners from throughout the Midsouth.”
Other contributing sponsors include the MSU Extension Service, the Mississippi Horse Park, Starkville School District Family Centered Programs, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.
For more information, contact Loveless at (662) 320-9574.