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 25, 2017, from 9 am to 4 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 and other organizations, as well as free seeds and native tree saplings 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 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      Herbs of the Wild Lands, Woodlands & the Gardens
    Constance Campbell Ferry, owner/grower/herbalist at Hobbit Gardens
  • 10:45 am    Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat
    Joni James, Advanced Master Naturalist/photographer/author
  • 12 Noon      Permaculture Tools
    Darren Bender-Beauregard, owner of Brambleberry Farms

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. Be sure to stop by the "garden Cafe" for lunch inside the venue! GardenFest is also conveniently located just a few yards away from Cedar Creek Winery and Brew Co., so be sure to stop by and check out the progress on their latest addition - Cedar Creek Distillery, which will be opening soon!