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 on Saturday, March 17, 2018, 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 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 am      The Wild Side of Mushrooms
    David Mow, Master Gardener, Certified Mushroom Inspector & Master Naturalist
     
  • 10:45 am    Some Like Them Hot! All About Peppers
    Dr. Rosalie Hine, Biology Professor (retired), Master Gardener
     
  • 12 Noon      Lawn Care Without Irrigation
    Thomas Flatt, Ind. Div. of Fish & Wildlife (retired), Master Gardener

As always, the Morgan County Master Gardeners will have their beautiful pansies for sale, three per pot for only $5 or six pots per tray for $27. There will be a food truck on hand at the venue for breakfast and lunch during the event! GardenFest is also conveniently located just a few yards away from Cedar Creek Winery, Brew Co. and Distillery, so be sure to stop by for some local flavor on your way home.