The gardeners place to be

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Save the dates of March 6-7.  Make plans to be in Starkville for one of the region’s most comprehensive and informative garden shows.

The Starkville Area Arts Council will again team up with Mississippi State University to present the 2nd annual “Everything Garden Expo.” It is set for March 6-7, 2010, at the Mississippi Horse Park on the MSU campus.

CIMG0831 Show hours are 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 6; and 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 7.   Admission is $5 per person, and children six and under will be admitted free.

Organizers are planning an event to offer both hobby and professional gardeners the latest in products and growing techniques.  There will be seminars led by the region’s leading garden authorities, including “Garden Mama” Nellie Neal, who will discuss “Food from your Backyard”; and the irrepressible Felder Rushing whose topic is “Gettin’ REAL in the Yard and Garden.”

CIMG0904 Other “hot” topics will include “Invasive Weeds: A Cancer in the Landscape”; Gardening Twelve Months out of the Year (with an emphasis on winter gardens); “All about Tomatoes,” and “Plants from Grandmama’s Garden.”

Horticultural authorities will also discuss garden design, growing Echinacea (coneflowers) and “Urban Forestry.” Be watching for a complete schedule of events and educational seminars.

Special programs designed for children will include an exhibit by the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science featuring “Critters You Might Encounter in a Garden.”

The Amazing Matskifosa (Matthew Douglas) will mesmerize the children with his magic act, and Nelle Elam will return for hands-on demonstration of elements of design for budding young gardeners in mind.

CIMG0953 “This is Northeast Mississippi’s premier garden show featuring a broad array of vendors, showing and selling their new garden wares,” said Jane Loveless, co-chair for the event.

“Mississippi State University is widely known for its horticulture and landscape architecture programs,” said Loveless.  “This is the perfect place to conduct a regional garden Expo which will appeal to gardeners from throughout the Mid-south.”

Other contributing sponsors include the Mississippi State University Extension Service, The Mississippi Horse Park, Starkville School District Family Centered Program, The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.

(Photos were taken at last year’s expo.)

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