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26th annual Home & Garden Seminar & Show set for Saturday


Media personality Chris Olsen and Garvan Woodland Gardens’ Bob Byers will be the keynote speakers at the 26th annual Home & Garden Show & Seminar set for Saturday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

Doors open at 8 a.m., with how-to sessions set for 9 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Attendance is free, and registration is requested.

Olsen, a nationally known landscape designer and owner of Botanica Gardens at Little Rock, will speak at 11 a.m. Byers, the associate executive director and staff landscape architect at Garvan Woodland Gardens, will speak at 1 p.m.

This year’s show features more than 130 booths and fun for the entire family, including a kids/teens corner, “Art in the Garden” contest for local school students, food samples, tablescape drawings, and many, many door prizes, including a quilt valued at $600. How-to sessions include building rain barrels, home security and terrarium making.

The Jefferson County judge will award the prizes in the “Art in the Garden” contest at 10:30 a.m.

The Master Gardeners of Jefferson County’s booth will have Master Gardeners available to answer questions. Information will also be available on the upcoming Master Gardener training class scheduled on five Thursdays beginning in March.

The show will also include a health fair, cooking demonstration for diabetics, a blood drive and a concession stand run by Jefferson County 4-H members.

Booth space is still available for vendors for $60 for a booth and $25 for each additional adjoining space. Contact Lloyd Wessels at 870 692-0151 for booth information and reservations. Proceeds benefit area youth and community garden education programs.

The Home & Garden Show is sponsored by the Jefferson County Master Gardeners, Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Clean and Beautiful Commission, and Jefferson County Extension Service. The Arkansas Master Gardeners is a program of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

This event is open to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, marital or veteran status or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county extension office as soon as possible prior to the activity.