Ozark Outdoors

2015 Lawn & Garden Show celebrates 25th year

Posted By  | On 0 Comments

Master Gardens will be offering seminars and distributing useful information all three days at the 2015 Lawn & Garden Show

It doesn’t take much by way of diagnosis to know that most Ozarks are suffering from acute cabin fever, that common malady that strikes just when you think winter will never end and spring will never arrive.

A permanent cure may not be available except on warm sunny days, but there is effective treatment at the 25th Anniversary 2015 Lawn & Garden Show at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex on Friday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 1, 2015. The fairgrounds are located just north of Interstate 44 and Kansas Expressway. Parking is free; admission is $5 (children under 6 years are free) at the door. Show hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Always on the spot, Master Gardeners of Greene County will again offer seminars hosted and taught by Master Gardeners of Greene County. Classes are free to the public when they purchase a $5 ticket to the Lawn and Garden Show. The seminars run all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, ranging from raising Chickens in the Garden to Soil Management.

Friends of the Garden will be providing information on the Springfield Botanical Gardens. And Ozarks Living will be distributing thousands of copies of the very collectible, useful and somewhat entertaining February issue. We hope to see you at our book in the east annex.

More than 100 exhibitors will offer one-stop shopping for your lawn and garden needs – including some stuff that perhaps you did not know you needed. There will even be starter plants for the foolhardy among us who have a warm, sunny place to stash their purchases. For the rest of us, there will be more varieties of seeds, soil conditioners, mowers, tillers, fountains, ponds, spas, pools, fences, grill and patio accessories, not to mention experts than you can turn up with a plow.

Products and services include trees, seeds and other plants; landscape design and installation services; mowers, tillers, other lawn and garden power equipment; tree and lawn care services; pools and spas; fountains, ponds and other water features; patio furniture and grills; yard accessories, fences and much more.

A schedule of seminars is available at http://www.ozarkempirefair.com/p/events/lawnandgarden.

Here is a schedule of Master Garden presentations

Friday, February 27, 2015
11 a.m., “Starting Seeds” Kelly McGowan, MU Extension Horticulture Educator
1 p.m., “Butterfly Gardening” Lisa Bakerink, Master Gardener/Linda Bower
2 p.m., “Overwintering Pests – Preventing Their Stay” Katie Steinhoff, Coordinator of the Botanical Center at the Springfield Botanical Gardens
4 p.m., “Creating a Twilight Garden” Katie Steinhoff, Coordinator of the Botanical Center at the Springfield Botanical Gardens

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Noon: “Growing Your Own Herbs – The Spice of Life” Barb Emge, Master Gardener/Jana Belk, Master Gardener.
2 p.m., “A Guide to Growing Roses” Dan Faflak, Master Gardener, Rose Society.
11 a.m., “Gardening With Chickens” Rebecca Nickols, Master Gardener
1 p.m., “Caring for Spring Bulbs – Daffodil Gardens” Pat Ware, Master Gardener, President of Springfield WaterGarden Club.
3 p.m., “Caring for Spring Bulbs – Daffodil Gardens” Pat Ware, Master Gardener, President of Springfield WaterGarden Club.

Sunday, March 1, 2015
1 p.m., “All About Tomatoes” Patrick Byers, MU Extension Horticulturist
Noon, “Container Gardening” Mark and Renae Bernskoetter, Master Gardeners.
2 p.m.,“Year Round Color” Renae Bernskoetter, Master Gardener.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login