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Garden Fair 2017 presented by Putnam County Master Gardeners

By Jenna Nees
Ag & Natural Resources Coordinator

Once again, it’s time for the annual Garden Fair! The Putnam County Master Gardeners invite everyone to attend Garden Fair 2017 on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Putnam County Fairgrounds.

The event is free, it’s lots of fun, and it’s open to the public. Anyone who is interested in gardening or learning about gardening will want to attend.

All day, from 8:30 to 3:00, folks can visit the York Auto Family Community Building. They’ll be able to shop at over 40 vendor booths, collect free give-aways, enter door prize drawings, watch demonstrations, and spend the day talking to folks who love gardening. Everyone is invited to hear experts discuss various aspects of gardening. Topics include:

9:00 AM – “Cover Crops for the Home Garden” presented by Ashley Holmes, Extension Educator for Montgomery County

10:30 AM –“Teaching Kids to Love Gardening” presented by Ann Delchambre, former Extension Educator, gardener, and mother of three

12:30 PM –“Caring for Roses” presented by Mark Nolan of the Indianapolis Rose Society

1:30 PM –“Your Custom Garden” presented by Stephanie Krull, Landscape and Grounds Manager for Indiana State University

There are several things that will be given away to attendees. Four hundred tree saplings have been donated by First National Bank, and will be given away on a first-come, firstserved basis. The Retired Military Garden Center is giving free pansies, also on first-come, first-served basis. There will be several door prizes plus a grand prize, donated by several area merchants and the day’s vendors, and these will be awarded throughout the day. And until supplies run out, attendees will receive goodie bags filled with gardening-related items.

Several corporate sponsors have contributed and helped to make the day a success. A huge “thank you” goes out to B&J Cattle Company; Buzzi Unicem USA --Alternate Fuels; Carell Construction Works; First National Bank; JTN Outdoor Power Equipment; Neier, Inc.; North Salem State Bank; and Ponderosa Aqua Farm.

The very popular Gardener’s Shed is also returning. Once again, it will feature a gardener’s dream –a garage sale featuring gently used, garden-related items at garage sale prices.

For the children, there will be two special things. The Kids’ Corner will offer children an opportunity to do a free gardening-related activity. There will also be a booth where children may create a garden-related gift item for a small fee.

Over 40 vendors will have booths set up, selling all kinds of garden-related things, from garden art to plants, tools, honey and syrups, soaps and lotions, pottery, and gifts of all kinds.

There will be food available for sale, as well. Hog- N-It-All is returning, and will sell food all day long. Breakfast will include biscuits and gravy as well as scrambled eggs and bacon and hash browns. Lunch offerings will include brisket, pulled pork, barbecue nachos, ribeye steak sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, beans, coleslaw and chips.

The Putnam County Master Gardeners Association works throughout the year to educate people about gardening. This annual event is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to meet other gardeners, get inspired to make a garden, learn from experts, find great garden-related things to buy, and spend a day with some of the nicest folks in the county.

For more information about Garden Fair 2017, contact the Purdue Extension

–Putnam County at (765) 653-8411, or visit Facebook at Putnam County Master Gardener.

Visit our homepage at www.extension. purdue.edu/putnam or you can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 765.653.8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. All times listed are Eastern Time.

Upcoming Events:

March 7- Technology 101 Indiana Extension Homemakers Association, 2:00 PM

March 8- Beginning Guide to Grant Writing, Putnam County Fairgrounds *Registration

Required

March 11 – Putnam County Ag Day Breakfast, Fairgrounds 8 am

March 11 – Mini-Farm Fest Ag Day, Fairgrounds, 10 am – Noon

March 15 – Junior Leaders,

Fairgrounds, 7-8 pm

March 16 – Exploring 4-H, Fairgrounds, 6-7 pm

March 16 – Soil Health Workshop, Fairgrounds, 6:30-8:30, RSVP to Ext. Office

March 18 – Garden Fair 2017, Fairgrounds, 8:30- 3:00

March 21 – Women to Women: Educating Women about Farm Marketing, Fairgrounds, 9:30-2:30, Cost $30, Register at 574- 372-2340

April 1 – Beef & Dairy Steer Online Enrollment Due

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