Home and Garden Seminar and Show slated Saturday


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.

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 also will be given throughout the day.

With the theme, “25 Years and Still Growing,” the event will offer more than 150 booths to visit for everything from voter registration to purchasing a straw hat.

Arkansas First Lady 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 Kitchen Garden” will be presented at 1 p.m. by Janet Carson, Extension horticulturist, author and columnist. She will tell about setting up a kitchen garden, also known as an herb 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 Master Gardeners of Jefferson County’s booth to answer questions about the garden. They will have T-shirts for sale as supplies last. They also will have information about 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.