Spring is in the Air

By Ginna Parsons/NEMS Daily Journal

NEW ALBANY – Last year, Master Gardener Tim Burress and Stanley Wise, Union County’s extension director, came up with an idea to put on a little home and garden show in the spring.
They planned for about 100 people.
And more than 500 showed up.
“We’re hoping if the good Lord gives us nice weather, we’ll have even more than that this year,” Burress said.
This year’s show, “Spring Is in the Air,” will be Saturday, March 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Union County Fairgrounds. There is no admission charge.
Events include horticulture speakers, demonstrations as well as 25 to 30 vendors who’ll be selling everything from plants, garden tools, birdhouses and bottle trees to Adirondack furniture, stained glass, goat’s milk soap and bird baths.
“We have one guy, Les Hall, who grows more than 70 varieties of Japanese maples and he’ll have many of them on hand for sale,” said Burress, chairman of the New Albany Home and Garden Show. “He’s a wholesaler, so you’ll get wholesale prices.”
In addition, Chuck Evans of B&C Sharpening will be at the event to sharpen your garden tools.
“So bring what you need sharpening,” Burress said. “If he can’t do it on site, he’ll take it and get it back to you.”
The Coffee Addict, a downtown eatery, will be the exclusive food vendor, providing chicken salad, pimiento cheese, hamburgers and cheesecake.
The major sponsors of the event are the Union County Master Gardeners Association; Mississippi State University Extension Service; City of New Albany; Unite; BNA Bank; and Lowe’s.

Variety of speakers
All the day’s events will take place in one of three places: the ladies building, the extension office or the exhibit building.
“That way, if you don’t like this, you can go to the next place and do that,” Burress explained.
The day’s speakers include:
• Horticulture specialist Lelia Kelly, who’ll talk about “Plants from Grandmama’s Garden”
• Landscape designer Rick Griffin, who’ll do “Stretching the Limits in Landscape Design” and “Rick’s Favorite Plants”
• Jeremiah Dumas, co-founder of Starkville Community Market, who’ll talk about “What’s on Your Plate Impacts the Environment and Your Community”
• Carol Reese, University of Tennessee horticulture specialist, who’ll do “Artistic Garden for the Wild Side”
• “Cooking with Fresh Vegetables,” with Judith Ward, MSU nutrition area agent and Karen Caviness, an educator in MSU’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
• “Container Gardening,” with Susan Tackett, a Lee County Master Gardener
• “Native Plants,” with John Gruchy, Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks
• And “Everything You Wanted To Know About Growing Maters,” with Stanley Wise, Union County extension director.
“The native plant guy, John Gruchy, is the only speaker who doesn’t have an opposing speaker in a different building all day,” Burress said. “We’re really trying to build up native plant interest.”
There will also be a children’s activity going on all day, he said. They’ll learn how to make a small pot out of newspaper, fill it with dirt and put a seed plug in it.
“So they’ll have something to take home at the end of the day, too,” Burress said.
For more information, call (662) 316-0088 or visit www.newalbanygardening.com.

What: “Spring Is in the Air,” the New Albany Home and Garden Show.
When: Saturday, March 27, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Union County Fairgrounds in New Albany.
Cost: Free.
What: Horticulture speakers; demonstrations; vendors of plants, yard art and garden equipment; door prizes.
Info: Call (662) 316-0088 or visit www.newalbanygardening.com.

Schedule of Events
• Ladies Building
8:30 a.m.: Welcome
9 a.m.: “Plants from Grandmama’s Garden,” with Lelia Kelly, associate extension professor and consumer horticulture specialist at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona
10:15 a.m.: “Stretching the Limits in Landscape Design,” with Rick Griffin, landscape architect
11:15 a.m. to noon: Lunch and visit exhibits
12:15 p.m.: “What’s on Your Plate Impacts the Environment and Your Community,” with Jeremiah Dumas, co-founder of Starkville Community Market
1:30 p.m.: “Rick’s Favorite Plants,” with Rick Griffin, landscape architect
2:45 p.m.: “Artistic Garden for the Wild Side,” with Carol Reese, University of Tennessee horticulture specialist
• Extension Office
10 to 11 a.m.: “Cooking with Fresh Vegetables,” with Judith Ward, MSU nutrition area agent and Karen Caviness, an educator in MSU’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
1 to 2 p.m.: “Container Gardening,” with Susan Tackett, a Lee County Master Gardener
• Exhibit Building
11 a.m. to noon: “Native Plants,” with John Gruchy, Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks
1 to 2 p.m.: “Everything You Wanted To Know About Growing Maters,” with Stanley Wise, MSU Extension Agent for Union County