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:
Click the following for photos of last year’s festival:
And here is a brief video with highlights of our 2012 SF>.
Keynote speakers for 2013 include:
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
In 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
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
- Bountiful Acres Farm
- Daylily Nursery
- Fran Parson
- Garr’s Rental & Feed
- Glass Gardens by RuthE
- Kelly Nolf-Childers
- Linda Erwin
- LouAnne Scott
- Mary & Martha’s Mischief
- Michael’s Garden Center
- Ralston Farm – Bees
- Stitching Sisters Designs
- TOJO Creek Gourds & Gourd Art
- Twin States Iris Society
- Voo Doo Forge
- Wildflowers of Tennessee
- Wilson Central High School FFA (Future Farmers of America)
- Wilson Farmer’s COOP
- Worm’s Way of Nashville
If you would like to participate as an exhibitor or vendor at this year’s event, please contact Laurie Hobby at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If 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.
|Festival Chairperson||Laurie Hobby
|WCMG President||Marianne Pelletier
|UT/TSU Extension Agent||Justin Stefanski