Annual Garden Expo returns to fairgrounds

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Madison County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer yard and garden questions at the 3rd Annual Madison County Garden Expo, set for April 13 at the Madison County Fairgrounds. Educational programs, children’s activities and vendors also are planned.

(Posted March 6, 2019)

The 3rd Annual Madison County Garden Expo will take place April 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Della Selsor Building on the Madison County Fairgrounds in London.

Hosted by the Madison County Master Gardeners and Madison County OSU Extension Office, the expo offers educational programs and displays, children’s activities and vendors. Admission is free. Lunch will be available for purchase from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The programs are as follows:

  • Grow Banana Trees in Ohio–9:15 a.m. Alan and Jamie Lamb will talk about how to create a tropical look in your yard using a hardy variety of the banana tree. The Lambs also will share where to buy the plant and how to care for it, as well as share suggestions for companion plants.
  • Not All Evergreens are Pine Trees–10:30 a.m. Learn from Karen Stombaugh, a Madison County Master Gardener, how to identify evergreens growing in your yard and the conditions that make for the best place to plant evergreens.
  • A Gardeners Guide to Weather Signals–Ever heard the adages: “Plant peas on St. Patrick’s Day,” “Plant corn when oak leaves are the size of a squirrel’s ear,” and “Three snows after the forsythia blooms”? Are these old wives’ tales or are they rooted in science. Mary Griffith, Madison County Extension educator, will provide the answers.
  • Get a Jump on Spring. 2 p.m. Plant pots of bulbs in the fall and have tulips, daffodils, hyacinth in bloom on your doorstep in early spring. Barbara J. Myers, Madison County Master Gardener, will show visitors how to create a bulb “lasagna” pot.

A variety of free children’s activities are planned for the Garden Expo. Also, for $5, children can make and take a miniature garden.

The Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer all types of gardening questions. They and others who will have informational displays include the 4-H/Extension, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, Madison Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio Farm Bureau, London Farmers Market, and London Parks and Recreation.

Among the vendors who plan to set up booths are Ye Olde Garden Shoppe, Darby Creek Field & Flowers, Pern’s Miniatures, Nancy’s Treasures Christy’s Fairy Gardens and Little Shoppe on London.

Sponsors include the Master Gardeners, the Extension Office, Seeley’s Landscape Nursery, Buckeye Realty, Madison Garden Center, Ohio Prairie Nursery and Price Organics.

The Madison County Master Gardeners is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers who promote and teach environmentally sound, research-based gardening practices to area residents. For more information, call the Extension Office at (740) 852-0975.

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