Tickets on sale for home and garden show luncheon

Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Home and Garden Show Lunch and Learn event. This is the only part of the sixth annual two-day show with an admission charge.

The show will be April 4 and 5 at the fairgrounds and Lunch and Learn will be at noon Friday, April 4.

Tickets are $20 each and include a luncheon as well as the program. Only 160 seats are available and the event has sold out each year. Tickets can be obtained by making contact with Janet Burress at the Union County Heritage Museum or by calling 538-0014 (the museum) or Master Gardener Tim Burress at 316-0088.

The two-hour Lunch and Learn program will feature two speakers this year. Catherine Strange, known for her Fearless Entertaining series, and local floral designer Diane Tate will present the program. The theme is “All things bright and beautiful from formal to floral.”

The luncheon will be salad-themed and provided by Tallahatchie Gourmet; Sugarees’ will provide desserts.

Table decorations will be for sale and door prizes will be given as in past years.

This year, the master gardeners are donating $200 from the ticket sales to the Baptist Memorial Hospital breast cancer awareness program. Gardeners will also be accepting donations of non-perishable food to be given to the Union County Good Samaritans food pantry.

The headline speaker for the overall program will be Norman Winter, award-winning author, horticulturist and TV series host. Topics will include “Butterflies and Blooms” and “Butterflies, Bees and Bobcats.”

Other speakers will include Margaret Gratz; Dr. Greg Bohach, MSU vice-president for agriculture; Dr. Leaia Kelly; Chris VanCleave, “The Redneck Rosarian” and head of the University of Georgia Arboretum; Larry Tucker, “Hosta-Holic;” Rick Pudwell from the Memphis Botanical Gardens talking about landscaping and conifers; Sherri McCalla and Bob Russell talking about beekeeping; Denise Pugh on Fairy Gardening; Master Gardener Dale Smith on square-foot gardening and composting; Master Gardener Kay Martin on plants of the Bible; Yvette Cutrer on living wreathes; and several MSU staff.

Vendors will be present with lawn equipment, plants, yard art and other items.

The home and garden show will be from 11 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Saturday.

Attendance last year was 3,615 and the goal this year is 5,000. The Master