February 6, 2010 7:07:00 PM
Gardeners, take heart. Winter may be bearing down, but spring will be ushered in early this year at Mississippi State University.
The Starkville Area Arts Council will again team up with Mississippi State University to present the second annual "Everything Garden Expo" March 6-7 at the Mississippi Horse Park on the MSU campus.
Show hours will be from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, March 6, and 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, March 7. Admission is $5 per person; children 6 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."
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." A complete schedule of events and educational seminars will be announced soon.
For the young ones
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 children with his magic act, and Nelle Elam will return for hands-on demonstrations of elements of design for budding young gardeners in mind.
"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.
For more information, contact Loveless at 662-320-9574.