Home and Garden show expected to draw thousands this weekend

The Union County Master Gardeners are putting on their fifth New Albany Home and Garden Show Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5 at the fairgrounds.

The event, which has drawn close to 2,000 visitors from at least four states, is done in conjunction with Mississippi State University Extension Service personnel and other area Master Gardener groups.

The program begins at noon Friday and ends at 4 p.m. Saturday, with nearly 30 seminars, speakers and programs to attract the serious or casual gardener. In addition to the 28 scheduled seminars, vendors will be selling plants, yard art, garden tools, lawn and garden equipment, food and other items all around the grounds.

Among areas to be discussed are plant and vegetable gardening, gardening for fun or profit, landscape and design, growing tips and pest control.

A returning feature is “The Doctors are In” and will provide a group of experts who will be on hand to answer any plant questions you may have by looking at cuttings, insects and soil.

You can have a soil sample tested by Mississippi State University labs for a cost of $6 and the results will be mailed to your home.

All parts of the show are free except the keynote lunch at noon Friday, featuring floral designer Kevin Hinton, AIFD, who works with Bankhead Flowers and Gifts. Tickets for the program and lunch are $15, reservations are required and seating is limited. Call 662-316-0088 for tickets.

Prizes will be given away both days and donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted for the Union County Good Samaritans food pantry.


Schedule of Events 


Friday, April 5, 2013

Ladies Building

12:00 Noon-“The Magic of Spring Flowers” – Kevin Hinton AIFD, Floral Designer

2:00 p.m. – Raingardens and Other Simple Rain Collection Systems”Bob Mercier, ASLA, Landscape Architect

3:00 p.m. – “Growing and Using Herbs in the Landscape” – Dr. Lelia Kelly, Extension Professor of Horticulture


Exhibit Building

11:00 a.m. – “Growing Food for Sale at a Farmers’ Market” – Dr. Jeff Wilson – MSU Area Horticulture Agent

12:00 Noon – “Container Gardening with Pinache’” – Susan Worthy – MAFES Horticulture Research Associate, North Mississippi Research and Extension Center

1:00 p.m. -“Starting a Greenhouse Grown Tomato Business” – Dr. Rick Snyder – MSU Extension/Research Professor, Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center

2:00 p.m. – “Cut Flowers: High Value Crop for Small Farms” – Dr. Ken Hood – MSU Extension Professor – Department of Agriculture Economics

3:00 p.m. – “Back Yard Flock and Pasture Raised Chickens” – Jessica Wells – MSU Extension Instructor – Department of Poultry Science


11:00 a.m. – “Engaging Youth thru the Secret World of Plants” – Dr. John Guyton – MSU Extension Professor – Biochemical & Molecular Biology


Extension Office

2:00 p.m. – “Good Food-Simple and Easy” – Karen Caviness – Program Assistant – Family Nutrition Program


Saturday April 6, 2013

Ladies Building

8:40 a.m. – “Master Gardeners & Mississippi State Extension – Working Together” – Dr. Steve Martin, MSU Extension Research Professor, Head of North Mississippi Research and Extension Center

9:00 a.m. – “Hi Ho Hi Ho A High Tunneling We Go” – Stanley Wise, Union County MSU Ext. Agent

10:15 a.m.-“Intensive Planting – Small Space Gardening” – Carl Wayne Hardeman, Tennessee Master Gardener

12:15 p.m.-“Hydrangeas: The How, When, and Where” – Dr. Guihong Bi, MSU Associate Research Professor, Crystal Springs Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station

1:30 p.m. – “Trash to Treasures” – Jason Reeves, University of Tennessee Extension, West Tennessee Research and Extension Center, Research Horticulturist

2:45 p.m. – “Plants with Stories to Tell” – Carol Reese, University of Tennessee Extension, West Tennessee Research and Extension Center, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist


Exhibit Building

9:00 a.m. – “Secret to Growing Awesome Tomatoes!” – Dr. David Nagel – MSU Extension Professor – Department of Plant and Soil Science

10:15 a.m. – “Taking the Sting out of Fireants” – Dr. Blake Layton – MSU Extension Professor – Department of Entomology

12:15 p.m. – “Agritourism: An Enterprise for Small Farms” – Dr. Rebecca Smith – MSU Extension Instructor: CommunityDevelopment/Agritourism MSU Department of Agriculture Economics

1:30 p.m. – “Controlling Destructive Diseases in the Home & Garden” – Dr. Alan Henn – MSU Extension Professor – Department of Plant Pathology


Extension Office

9:00 a.m. – “Basics of Blackberry Production” – Mr. Robert Hayes – Union County Blackberry Producer

10:15 a.m. – “Computer/Phone Apps for Home and Garden” – Jamie Varner – MSU Extension Instructor

Extension Center for Technology Outreach

12:15 p.m. – “Online Couponing for the Tech Savvy Saver” – Mariah Smith – MSU Extension Professor – Extension Center for Technology Outreach


Pavilion Building

9:00 a.m. – “Soil Polymers and Making a Living Wreath” – Yvette Cutrer – LSU Master Gardener/Living Wreath Designer

10:15 a.m. – “A Year in the Life of a Beekeper” – Denise Pugh, Tippah County Master Gardener

11:15 a.m. -“Possum on the Half-shell – Catch Me if you Can” – Richard Starsky – Armadillo Trapper/Itawamba County Berry Farmer

12:15 p.m. – “Container Gardening with a Twist” – Jaryd Brewer, Union County Master Gardener

1:30 p.m. – “Designing with Natives for the 5 Senses in the Landscape” – Sherra Owen, UC Master Gardener/Master Naturalist


A pocket version of this schedule will be available at the gate.