Spring Festival 2014

The 2014 Wilson County Master Gardener Spring Festival & Garden Tour / Plant Sale is Saturday, May 10 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 11) so why not bring mom out for a day of flowers, food, fun and fresh air on Saturday the 10th.

Keynote speakers for 2014 include:

Debbie_JoinesDebbie Joines – 10:00 AM in the Education Building at James E Ward Ag Center

Debbie Joines is with the University of Tennessee Extension Agency and is the Manager of the Soil, Plant and Pest Center located at the Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville, TN. Soil Testing supplies will be available for attendees of this program.

Program: Soil – Is It Just Dirt?
Soil is the foundation to all things which feed us. Our crops and gardens thrive in healthy, fertile soils but what if all we have is just “dirt”? How do we determine what soil we have and what it needs to be its best? We will explore ways to improve our not-so-perfect heavy clay soils and get the best out of what we have.

CarolReeseCarol Reese – 2:00 PM in the Education Building at James E Ward Ag Center

Carol Reese is employed by UT Extension as an Ornamental Horticulture Specialist. Her job is to keep the horticulture industry up to date, and attuned to the needs of an increasingly savvy gardening clientele. She writes a weekly gardening and nature column for the Jackson Sun, has served as the Q&A columnist for Horticulture Magazine, and contributes to many other gardening magazines.

Carol’s degrees in horticulture (B.S. and M.S.) are from Mississippi State University where she taught courses in plant materials and landscape design. Her speaking engagements take her around the nation where she has given programs at distinguished venues such as Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, the Raulston Arboretum, Whiteflower Farms, and the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore, to name a few. However, she says her favorite place to be is tromping local fields with her many dogs, taking a personal interest in the doings of the birds and the bees.

Program: Luscious Landscape Edibles
Some edible plants are lovely enough to be used as ornamentals. Some are pretty but so susceptible to problems that they are more vexing than rewarding. Let Carol recommend the ones that dependably provide a feast for the eye and for the table with the least sweat equity.

Flower Garden & Arboretum Tours by trolley!

Schedule of Events

This year’s event is sponsored by these fine businesses:

MTSU Center for Glade Studies –
Edwards Feeds –  615-444-5432 –
PetSmart – 615-773-2175 –
State-by-State Gardening Magazine – 888-265-3600 – tina@sbsmags.com
JR Mowers – 615-784-4006 – irvie@jrmowers.com
Lone Oak Farm – 615-865-9933 – bamboo4you@aol.com
Arbor Art – 615-299-9999 – info@arborart.net
Gardens on Main – 615-547-4900 – kolleen.gardensonmain@gmail.com
Michael’s Garden Center – 615-773-4608 – michaelsgardencenter@tds.net
Moss’ Florist – 615-758-5972 – mossflorist@comcast.net
Needham’s Nursery – 615-754-7076 – needmulch1@aol.com
RM Printing and Promotions – 615-453-5710 – aprylskipper@gmail.com
TriGreen Equipment – 615-754-2600 – joshmiller@trigreenequipment.com
Wal-Mart (Mt Juliet) – 615-758-1121 –
Wilson Bank & Trust – 615-444-2265 –
Hickory Bluff Farms – 615-444-4765 – hickorybluffalpacas@comcast.net
Tower Gardens – 615-828-9649 – jxwanke@yahoo.com
Daylily Nursery – 800-454-5437 – daylilynsy@blomand.net

And here is a brief video with highlights of our 2013 Spring Festival & Garden Tour

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

2013 Festival Photo Gallery2012 Festival Photo Gallery

Vendors / Exhibitors

The following vendors & exhibitors will have booths at the 2014 Spring Festival

Day Lily Nursery – 931-808-3811 – daylilynursery.com
Dried Floral Arrangements – 615-268-3614 – kellynolf@bellsouth.net
Hickory Bluff Farms – 615-444-4765 – www.hickorybluffalpacas.com
JR Mowers Sales & Service – 615-784-4006 – www.jrmowers.com
Lone Oak Farms / ALD – 615-865-9933 – www.loneoakfarmnursey.com
Martha’s Mischiel – lorineb@tds.net
Ralston Farm – 615-594-1735 – fdkd70@bellsouth.net
Rogers Homemade Products – 901-827-4304 – paula.rogers@rogershomemade.com
THE WAY gallery & art studio – 615-337-2621 – suzyway@hotmail.com
Tojo Creek Gourds – 615-449-0333 – www.tojocreek.com
Tower Garden – 615-828-9649 – jeromewanke.towergarden.com
TN Conservationist – 615-532-0060 – tn.gov/environment/conservationist
Twin State Iris Society – sogo418@hotmail.com – Twin-States-Iris-Society on FB
Voo Doo Forge – 615-428-8655 – voodooforge@yahoo.com
Wayside Gems/Paparazzi Accessories – 931-536-4434 – Wayside-Gems/Paparazzi-Accessories
Year Round Garden Club – 615-804-7131

If you would like to participate as an exhibitor or vendor at this year’s event, please contact Karen Dawson at fdkd70@bellsouth.net or call 615.994.2455


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

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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
Festival Co-Chairperson Marianne Pelletier
UT/TSU Extension Agent Justin Stefanski