Home and Garden Seminar and Show to offer full day of activities

The 25th annual Home and Garden Seminar and Show will be a time of celebration for the Master Gardeners of Jefferson County from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

With the them, “25 Years and Still Growing,” the event that will offer more than 150 booths to visit for everything from voter registration to purchasing a straw hat. Gardening items, herbs, plants, food items, honey fish tank, cow and combine simulator and the smokehouse will be available.

Ginger Beebe will be a giving a slide show presentation of Arkansas Governor’s Mansion Gardens. She will also cut the anniversary cake and will have her books on-hand available for purchase and signing.

The “The Kitchen Garden” will be presented at 1 p.m. by Janet Carson, Extension horticulturist/author/columnist. She will tell about setting up a kitchen garden, also known as, herb garden, pizza/lasagna garden, in a raised bed.

New this year will be “The Art of the Garden” contest for young people. The artwork will be displayed and winners will be announced. Pat Sheffield, a local artist from the Pine Bluff Art League, will demonstrate, with the palette knife technique, an original “Art in the Garden” painting.

This year’s emphasis will be on “Raised-Bed” Gardening. Participants will learn how to build their own, prepare the soil, plant and maintain the garden.

Volunteers will be on-hand in the the Master Gardeners of Jefferson County’s booth to answer questions about the garden. They will have T-shirts for sale as supplies last. They will also have information about the Master Gardener training, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 14.

The Kids and Teens Corner will have children’s activities all day to educate and entertain children. Trinity Lutheran Church will provide hands-on sand art demonstrations. Concessions, sponsored by the 4-H Clubs of Jefferson County, will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission to the event is free. Participants will be asked to register as they enter the Convention Center and will receive a bag filled with a notepad, pencil, pen, a schedule of the day’s activities and other items, as supplies last. Door prizes will also be given throughout the day. Several tablescapes will be awarded in separate registrations and drawings.

“How-To” sessions will include:

• 9 a.m. — Raised-Bed Gardening, Dennis Bailey, Jefferson County Extension chair

• 10 a.m. — Raised Bed Plant Health, Sherrie Smith, Extension plant pathologist

• noon — Frustration of Buying Chemicals, Sherri Sanders, White County Extension

• 2 p.m. — Food Preservation-Don’t spoil it, Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Extension, and Jane Newton, Lincoln County Extension will present this program.

Booth space is still available for vendors for $50 for one booth and $25 for each additional adjoining booth. Information on booths is available by contacting the Extension Office at 870-534-1033. Proceeds benefit area youth and community garden education programs.

Event coordinators are Bailey and Kelli Kennedy with the Pine Bluff/Jefferson Clean and Beautiful Commission and the Jefferson County Master Gardeners.