The Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show from Thursday to March 3 at Memorial Coliseum opens the gardening season each year for the Allen County Purdue Master Gardener program.
Along with offering gardening seminars each day, Master Gardener volunteers will be available to answer visitors' questions at their booth in the Garden Hall. Master Gardeners also will offer seeds of unusual flowers and vegetables at reasonable prices, which has become an annual show tradition. (This is the first fundraiser of the season for the group and will be followed later in the season by its popular plant sales at the Allen County office of the Purdue Cooperative Extension service at IPFW.)
Purdue Master Gardeners and other area experts will offer basic gardening tips and how-to advice at the Master Gardener Stage each day of the show.
“Pathways to a Healthy Garden” will be the theme of Master Gardener seminars.
You can learn about composting, vegetable gardening, growing flowers, tree care, selection and growing of fruit trees, and sustainable landscapes, as well as canning and preserving food.
Erica Glasener, host of the HGTV gardening show “A Gardener's Diary,” will open and close the seminars Thursday and March 1-2 (noon and 7 p.m.) at the stage.
For a full schedule of seminars and instructors, go to http://bit.ly/12Nz2ig. These seminars have become more popular every year — and some are back-to-back — so, if you plan to attend, you will need to arrive a bit early and be prepared to wait patiently until the room is cleared.
This is the 40th anniversary for the Home and Garden Show in Fort Wayne — and it draws a phenomenal number of people each time. This year, the expectation is that there will be more than 50,000 visitors to the show, show owner Karen Tejera said in a news release.
Tejera's father, Ernie Kerns, founded the show in 1963, and she and daughter Becky Williamson are continuing the tradition, the news release says.
“It is always like homecoming for us,” Tejera said, and she always loves “seeing so many friends and colleagues who have been along on this ride with us for 40 years.”
I have been to many of these shows since 1963, and it just gets better and more exciting every year. Just when we think we can't stand another moment of winter, the Home and Garden Show opens and, like a breath of fresh air, ushers in spring!
Jane Ford is an Advanced Master Gardener. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can read her What's Bloomin' blog at www.news-sentinel.com. This column is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel.