A breath of Spring is coming! The 2013 Cumberland County Master Gardeners Spring Flower and Garden Show is in the works now. This will be the 11th year the show has been presented and plans are for the best show yet! Mark your calendars for April 26-28 at the Cumberland County Community Complex. The theme this year is "Cottage Gardens," with the Tennessee State flower the Iris being featured.
There are many favorites returning from previous shows: water features, landscaping, indoor/outdoor plants, tools, garden furniture and art, herbs and vegetables. There will be some new vendors, and many of the favorites of previous years.
Since education is one of the missions of the Master Gardeners, there will be clinics on varied gardening subjects offered. These clinics are free with your admission to the show. One of the clinics will be hosted by Kelly Smith Trimble, writer for HGTVgardens.com. Trimble grows vegetables and makes her own dyes from natural plant ingredients. She will present "Edible Landscaping" during the event. Her clinic will be both exciting and unique. Ask A Master Gardener booth will be available this year also to help with any gardening questions you have. The Kids Corner will be back for the young Gardeners in your family to get some "hands on" experience. New this year is a Flower and Garden Photo Contest. There will be two categories to which you can submit pictures. Category 1 is gardens or flowers found at any public Tennessee State Park. Category 2 is gardens or flowers found at UT Plateau Research and Education Center, six miles north of Crossville off of Hwy. 70 N. Prizes and ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in each category. Visitors will vote on a special Peoples Choice winner. Entries can be submitted after April 15 at the UT Extension Office at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds/Community Complex. Deadline for submissions is April 25 by 11 a.m.. (For more details go to www.ccmga.org).
Adding fun and friendly competition to the show this year will be another new feature, a silent auction with speciality items from some of the vendors and from local crafters. It's a great way to get a bargain or two!
Admission to the Spring Flower and Garden Show is only $3 (children under 12 free). Parking is free. Mark your calendars for April 26 (noon to 6 p.m.), April 27 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and April 28 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the Cumberland County Complex. For more information, go to www.ccmga.org or contact Erin Fletcher, firstname.lastname@example.org.