Spring Festival 2013

The 2013 Wilson County Master Gardener Spring Festival & Garden Tour / Plant Sale is Saturday, May 11 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The event takes place at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. Admission & parking are free. And don’t forget Mom! Mother’s Day is that Sunday (May 12) so why not bring mom out for a day of flowers, food, fun and fresh air on the 11th.

This year’s event is sponsored by the following Wilson County businesses:

IAFE Award for the 2012 Spring Festival & Garden Tour

2012 IAFE Award

Incidentally, our 2012 Spring Festival & Garden Tour received the 1st Place Award for Non-Fair Agricultural Event or Program at the International Agricultural Fairs & Expos Awards Ceremony.

Click the following for photos of last year’s festival:

2012 Festival Photo Gallery

And here is a brief video with highlights of our 2012 SF&GT.

Keynote speakers for 2013 include:

The Barefoot Farmer

The Barefoot Farmer

Jeff Poppen, The Barefoot Farmer, will be our first keynote speaker of the day. You’ve probably seen Jeff on TV on The Volunteer Gardener, or seen his books on the shelves (available from Jeff here: www.barefootfarmer.com/the-books/ ) but this is your chance to see and hear him speak in person. His presentation begins at 10:00 AM in the Education Building. Visit The Barefoot Farmer website here: www.barefootfarmer.com

wormsway_logoIn addition, we are thrilled to have Kim Christen from Worm’s Way of Nashville as our second keynote speaker. Kim’s presentation will cover a variety of topics like sustainable gardening, vermiculture and organic soil amendments. Her presentation begins at 12:00 noon in the Education Building. Visit the Worm’s Way of Nashville website here: www.wormsway.com/tennessee.aspx

Polly Rooker, TWRA

Polly Rooker, TWRA

Our afternoon keynote speaker is Polly Rooker, Watchable Wildlife and Waterfowl biologist with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Polly will educate you and entertain you with her presentation on attracting birds and other wildlife to your backyard wildlife habitat. Here is the Watchable Wildlife website: www.tnwatchablewildlife.org

And don’t miss Speaker’s Corner where vendors and Master Gardeners give demonstrations and presentations throughout the day! Click the following link for a schedule of events:


Flower Garden & Arboretum Tours by trolley!

Vendors / Exhibitors

If you would like to participate as an exhibitor or vendor at this year’s event, please contact Laurie Hobby at lahobby@comcast.net


ag_center_location_mapJames E. Ward Agricultural Center
945 E. Baddour Parkway
Lebanon, TN 37087
(at the Wilson County Fairgrounds)

Click for expanded Google Map

Driving Directions:

  • sfgt120512-28811785If traveling east on Interstate 40 take Exit 239B and travel north 1.5 miles to the fairgrounds on your right.
  • If traveling west on Interstate 40 take Exit 239 Lebanon, and travel north 1.5 miles to the fairgrounds on your right.
Contact Information:
Festival Chairperson Laurie Hobby
WCMG President Marianne Pelletier
UT/TSU Extension Agent Justin Stefanski