***GardenFest 2020 has been cancelled due to restriction guidelines on gatherings meant to slow the COVID-19 outbreak. We hope you can join us next year.***

 

The Morgan County Master Gardeners have a fantastic GardenFest planned for this year. For anyone who's got the itch to plant something this spring - whether you just want a few pansies for your window box, you need the perfect garden accessory to attract hummingbirds, or you're planning a large-scale vegetable garden, GardenFest has something for you!

Here's the scoop on this year's event, which includes free advanced training for the Indiana Master Gardener Program from Purdue University. The event will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020, from 9 am to 3 pm at Hoosier Harvest Church, located at 4085 Leonard Road (just off State Road 252) in Martinsville.

There will be more than 30 garden related vendors that include everything from plants and yard art to fairy garden accessories and lots of locally made items. Browse through the vendor booths throughout the day. There will also be informational booths for the Master Gardeners, Morgan County Farmers Market. Morgan County Soil and Water Conservation District, and other organizations, as well as free seeds while supplies last. Bring a soil sample and have it tested so you know the ph of your own personal garden spot, and ask a Master Gardener all your questions at the Q&A booth. Bring the kids - there will be garden related children's activities available as well! 

Educational seminars are offered that count toward the Indiana Master Gardeners Program. These speakers are carefully chosen to provide interesting and useful education about gardening for both aspiring Master Gardeners and those with a more casual interest in gardening. This year's speaker schedule is listed below. 

  • 9:30 - 10:30 am  "Poison in the Garden"
    Featured Speaker: Colletta Kosiba
     
  • 10:45 - 11:45 am  "Backyard Apple Orchards"
    Featured Speaker: Tom Flatt
     
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm  "The Wild Side of Mushrooms"
    Featured Speaker: David Mow

As always, the Morgan County Master Gardeners will have their beautiful pansies for sale, three per pot or six pots per tray. There will also be a food vendor on hand at the venue for breakfast and lunch during the event, or explore nearby dining options in downtown Martinsville. 

GardenFest is conveniently located just a few yards away from Cedar Creek Winery, Brew Co. and Distillery, and just three miles from downtown Martinsville, so be sure to stop in after the event for some local flavor. In fact, you won't want to miss The Sterling Butterfly's Birthday Bash, also on March 28, from 10 am to 5 pm. They'll be celebrating six years in downtown Martinsville and one year in their new current location on the courthouse square!