Arkansas’ first lady, Ginger Beebe, will be on-hand to celebrate the silver anniversary of the Home and Garden Seminar & Show on Feb. 9 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
This year’s show will focus on raised-bed gardening, one of the largest growing segments in home gardens.
According to Obadiah Njue, horticulture specialist and chair of the Agriculture Department at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, “raised bed gardens bring your garden closer to you,” he said. ““If lack of space is the reason for not having a garden, you no longer have an excuse.”
The show began in 1988, as a way for the Jefferson Master Gardeners to help the public learn about gardening, and use the fruits of their efforts to help neighbors keep food on the table through maintenance of a large community garden.
“We’ve come a long way since 1988,” said Lloyd Wessels, vice president of the Jefferson County Master Gardeners. “The show is grown in number and variety of exhibits, events and visitors, but we have never lost sight of the show’s educational and community roots.”
“Twenty-five years ago, we turned the first shovel of soil and we are still producing vegetables, teaching children and feeding the needy,” said Ruby Poteet, also a member of the Jefferson County Master Gardeners. “We’re at 25 years and still growing.”
The one-day show will include:
• Cake and punch celebration of the silver anniversary
• More than 125 exhibits
• How-to demonstration on building a raised bed garden
• Full schedule of educational and informative how-to sessions
• Gallery of entries in the youth “Art of Gardening” contest and
• Door prizes
Admission to the event is free.
For more information about the show, contact Poteet at 870-879-1378 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Master Gardener program, contact the county extension office, or visit www.arhomeandgarden.org/master_gardener.htm.
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