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Garden fair 2018

Garden Fair 2018 will soon be here! Once again, the Putnam County Master Gardener Association is hosting their annual event, welcoming spring and celebrating gardening.

This year’s Garden Fair will be on Saturday, March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the York Auto Family Community Building in the Putnam County Fairgrounds. It’s free and open to the public. There is something for everyone, whether you’re an experienced gardener or you’re someone who might just try to raise a tomato plant this year.

There will be vendors galore! About 35 vendors will be selling garden-related items, from plants and organic soil additives to aquaponics. You’ll see garden art, lawn furniture, locally harvested honey, locally produced syrups, handmade soaps, garden-themed stationary and photography, and lots of unique gift items. With Mother’s Day coming soon, this would be a great opportunity to find a very special gift.

There will be speakers! Listen and talk to experts throughout the day as they discuss garden-related topics.

9 a.m., John Chapin, “Dwarf and Unusual Evergreens”

10:30 a.m., Ann Delchambre, “Herb--I Grew ‘Em. Now What?”

12:30 p.m., Vanessa Fox, “Wildflowers in the DePauw Nature Park”

2 p.m., Theresa McIntyre, “The Wonderful World of Tillandsias” (Tillandsias? They’re air plants, the ones that need no pot, no soil.)

Kids are welcome! The Children’s Corner will have free activities for kids to enjoy, and at another booth kids can make a pressed flower arrangement to take home to give to mom or grandma. For a small fee, they can purchase a frame to place their artwork in.

Baby trees! Four hundred tree seedlings are once again being given away, thanks to First National Bank’s generous donation. This year’s varieties include red oak, pecan, river birch and white pine.

Garage sale! The Garden Shed garage sale will sell all kinds of garden-related bargains, including plants, books, garden art, tools, etc.

Food! Back again this year, Hog N It All is serving food throughout the day. Breakfast includes biscuits and gravy and a breakfast bake, and lunch offers pulled pork sandwiches and pulled pork parfaits with macaroni and cheese, baked beans, cole slaw and chips.

Prizes! Drawings will once again be held throughout the day, and there will also be a grand prize awarded in the afternoon.

Free tote bags! Four hundred roomy, sturdy tote bags will be given away, thanks to generous sponsors who support the local Master Gardeners.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the annual Garden Fair. It’s a chance to get excited about gardening, and you can learn, shop, visit with gardeners, choose a free tree, eat, have fun, buy presents, win prizes, find bargains.

Plan to spend March 17, it’s also Saint Patrick’s Day, with the Master Gardeners of Putnam County. You’ll have a great time, you’ll meet great folks, and you’ll get geared up for spring gardening!

(by Jenna Nees, Extension Educator, Ag & Natural Resources Adult Education Coordinator, Purdue Extension – Putnam County Putnam Co. SWCD)

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