(Posted March 8, 2018)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Spring into green-thumb action at the Garden Expo, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17 at First Presbyterian Church, 211 Garfield Ave., London.
Admission is free to this annual event hosted by the Madison County Master Gardeners. Visitors will find educational programs, children’s activities, and yard and garden vendors and displays.
“It’s our way of giving back to the community,” said Barbara Myers, one of 33 Madison County master gardeners.
The expo’s educational programs are:
9:15 a.m.–“Luscious Lawns.” Jerry Haun, a master gardener from Greene County, will talk about creating and maintaining a healthy home lawn.
10:15 a.m.–“Let’s Talk Flower Bulbs.” Representatives from Berbee Bulb Co. will offer advice, including which bulbs to plant that critters won’t dig up.
11:15 a.m.–“The Secret Life of Bugs.” Mary Griffith, Madison County Ohio State University Extension agricultural and natural resources educator, will teach attendees how to tell the difference between good bugs and bad bugs.
12:30 p.m.–“Plants and Pets.” LuAnn Dillon, a Madison County master gardener, will share tips for keeping your cats and dogs safe around plants in the garden.
1:15 p.m.–“Pollinator Habitat.” Mike Retterer, representing the Ohio Pollinator Initiative, will talk about how to create and improve pollinator habitat.
2:15 p.m.–“To Weed or Not to Weed.” Just like bugs, not all “weeds” are bad. Harriet Dana, a Madison County master gardner, will help listeners to rethink what they should pull and what they should keep.
Throughout the day, children can play games, plant seeds, and for just $5 create a miniature garden to take home. A garden railroad display is planned. Additionally, lunch will be available for purchase.
Among the plant-related vendors who will be on hand are McClish Greenhouse, Davis Seed, Dutchmill Greenhouse, and Fairy Gardens Plus.
Organizations offering up information will include the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Madison Soil and Water Conservation District, Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails, London City parks and recreation and community gardens, Madison County Herb Society, Central Ohio Hosta Society, and Madison County 4-H/Extension.
Affiliated with the Ohio State University Extension, the Master Gardeners program is made up of volunteers who complete extensive horticultural training, then share their knowledge with the public.
Madison County’s Master Gardeners sponsor a Heritage Tree program, now in its 10th year, maintain garden beds at the Gwynne Conservation Area on the Farm Science Review grounds near London, and mentor a Soil Superheroes student club at Monroe Elementary in Plumwood. This is the second year they have hosted the Garden Expo.
In addition to the Master Gardeners, his year’s sponsors are Deer Creek Honey Farm, Madison County Farm Bureau, McClish’s Plants Plus Greenhouse, Ohio Prairie Nursery, OSU Extension Madison County, Price Farm Organics and Seely’s Landscape Nursery.
For details, call (740) 852-0975.