Master Gardeners holding spring show in Perry

April 3, 2013 

The groundhog might have lied, but here in Middle Georgia there is one sure sign that spring is on the way.

The Master Gardeners of Central Georgia will be holding their annual spring home and garden show 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday in Perry. The event will be held at the McGill Building at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry. Tickets are $4 if purchased before the show and $5 at the door. Children younger than 12 are admitted for free.

It is the 19th year of the show and the sixth year that the Master Gardeners have hosted it. The primary focus of the show is on the garden. Vendors will be on hand offering such items as plants, garden art, outdoor accessories, patio furniture, garden tools and much more.

Since the show is geared toward the family, the Master Gardeners will be providing a children’s corner at the show, where kids can participate in activities that promote the environment and recycling free of charge.

There will be several demonstrations and an educational booth staffed by Master Gardeners. Diane Stephens, coordinator for the Spring Home and Garden, said many people don’t know how to get started in the yard.

“That is probably the No. 1 question we get,” Stephens said. “We can answer lots of questions, like the type of plants that grow here in Georgia and provide information on basic landscaping.”

Stephens said that with the state of the economy that one hot topic has been backyard gardening.

“There is a huge push to grow vegetables in the backyard, and we can provide information about getting started with that. We also offer classes through the extension service.”

The event is the organizations largest fundraisers and helps to fund many of their community projects such as the junior master gardener program that is currently in 16 schools in Houston and Bibb County. Other projects sponsored by the group include the native plant garden at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, a garden at the Perry Hospital and several scholarships.

Tickets are on sale prior to the show at the Extension offices in Houston and Bibb County.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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