Starkville will host annual garden expo

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> MISSISSIPPI STATE — Starkville will host one of three major spring gardening events in the state this March.
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> The sixth annual Everything Garden Expo will take place March 21 and 22 at the Mississippi Horse Park, located south of town at 869 East Poorhouse Road.
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> Gary Bachman, horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said March is a good month for Mississippians to plan their 2014 gardens.
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> “Three really good gardening shows happen in March. No matter where you live in Mississippi, you will be fairly close to one of them,” he said. “These events are great opportunities for the home gardener to get inspired to plant the newest trees, shrubs, and flowering annuals and perennials.”
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> In addition to the Starkville expo, the garden shows include the Coast Garden and Patio Show March 7-9 in Biloxi and the Jackson Garden and Patio Show March 14-16. Daily seminars will feature some of the leading horticulture and landscape professionals in the Southeast.
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> In addition to Bachman, the Starkville expo will host horticultural personalities Felder Rushing on Friday and Rita Randolph on Saturday. Expo hours are 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, March 21, and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 22. Admission is $5 per person. Children 6 and under are admitted free.
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> The event will show both hobby and professional gardeners the latest in products and growing techniques. The expo features presentations by the region’s leading garden and horticultural authorities on herbs, vegetables in flower beds, EarthBoxes, raised beds and container gardening, rain barrels and fire ants. A variety of vendors will show and sell equipment, plant materials and garden art. The expo will also feature cooking demonstrations, and there will be activities for children.
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> The Starkville Area Arts Council teams up with MSU and other sponsors to present the garden show. Contributing sponsors include the MSU Extension Service, the Mississippi Horse Park, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.
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> For more information, contact the arts council office at 662-324-3080 or visit their website at http://www.starkvillearts.org.