The ninth annual GardenFest is shaping up to be another great event. Slated for Saturday, May 18, it will be located in the Livestock Pavilion at the Rush County Fairgrounds. The event will kick off at 9 a.m. as the building will be filled with vendors of all types, but mostly vendors catering to your gardening needs.
GardenFest will host six gardening programs throughout the day. The speaker’s arena is located in the center of the building and the garden programs are free and open to the public.
This year our programs include:
9 a.m.: Marnie Plunkett, Hamilton County Master Gardener and avid herb grower and crafter. Her program “Re-Wooling: New Uses for Your Old Wool Sweaters” will show how to felt wool sweaters and recycle into slippers, purses and other items.
10 a.m.: Carrie Tauscher, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division, will present a program on “Tips, Tricks & New Methods of Successful Tree Care.”
11 a.m.: Darlene Trusty, Hamilton County Master Gardener, will entertain with a program about “Creating a Fairy or Zombie Garden.”
Noon: Jeff Cutiss, Shelby County Master Gardener, will do a program on “Growing Heirloom Vegetables” and it will also incorporate Square-Foot Gardening into the information.
1 p.m.: Jason or Melissa Branson, Rush County 4-H Poultry Superintendent, will discuss the basic care and nutrition of raising a backyard flock of chickens in “Backyard Poultry Basics and You.”
2 p.m.: Randall Ritchie of Randall Ritchie Woodsmith will present a program on “Making Simple Garden Structures with Willow.” He will show how to make a teepee for vining plants and how to make a twig trellis.
There will again be a Kids Korner at GardenFest located in the building near the program area. The Kids Korner will have seeds to plant and a variety of crafts that kids can do. This area is co-sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Rush County. There is no charge for this area, but you are welcome to make a free-will donation to the Boys & Girls Club. This has been a very popular area at previous events.
The Rush County Master Gardeners and Friends will have a booth that will offer plants for sale, lots of garden information and free garden bags to the first 300 people that visit their booth that day.
“We will also have a large garden cart filled with lots of garden items that we will give away at the end of the event. For each $1 you donate, you will get a chance to win the cart. Drawing for the cart will be at 2:30 p.m. and you do not need to be present to win,” said event organizer Joyce Miller. “This is our main fundraising event for the year. The money we raise helps support the Rush County Nature Center that is located at Rushville Elementary School. We also help sponsor the court house landscaping, an award for the 4-H Wildflower project, The Heart of Rushville Farmers and Artisans Market, and various other gardening projects. We help support the Purdue Extension Master Gardener program and we just ran the classes in the past few months and have a new batch of Master Gardener interns joining the ranks. So, if you are interested in taking the Master Gardener classes in the future, or would like more information about it, please visit the Master Gardener booth during GardenFest or contact the Extension office at 765-932-5974.”
This year there is a new group doing the concession stand, Rush County Players.
“They plan to offer good food at a reasonable price, so come on out and spend the day at the event and have lunch while you’re here!” Miller said. “We hope you can join us for GardenFest 2013.”
If you have any questions about the event, contact Miller at 765-561-2572.