With a new location and a new format, the seventh annual Crow Wing County Master Gardener "Ready, Set, Grow!" Garden Expo promises to be better than ever.
The Garden Expo will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 5 at Forestview Middle School in Baxter. The expo is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service Master Gardeners and Brainerd Community Education.
In the past, the expo was held at Central Lakes College. Jackie Froemming, county master gardener program coordinator, said by changing the expo's location to Forestview, it will more than double the number of people who can attend.
"Last year was the first time we had to stop taking registrations at CLC," said Froemming, who's overseeing the expo. "We had to turn people away, and the people who attended last year were asking for a bigger location. In the cafetorium at Forestview, we can fit at least 550 people."
Tips on growing phlox and other flowers will be offered April 5 at the Crow Wing County Master Gardener "Ready, Set, Grow!" Garden Expo.
Froemming said that with the larger space, master gardeners will be able to offer more opportunities for attendees.
Five keynote speakers will discuss different gardening topics, ranging from vegetables to native plants. At previous expos, there was just one main speaker and participants chose three one-hour classes to attend.
If you go
- What: The 2008 Crow Wing County Master Gardener "Ready, Set, Grow!" Garden Expo.
- When: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 5.
- Where: Forestview Middle School, Baxter.
- Cost: $25 registration fee that includes lunch and coffee. Deadline to register is March 28. To register call 454-6924.
- Sponsors: University of Minnesota Extension Service Master Gardeners and Brainerd Community Education.
Along with additional vender displays and exhibitors, the expo also will feature a silent auction and door prizes.
"People who've attended before will not be disappointed," Froemming said. "And for the newcomers, this will be a good time to come for the first time."
People have until March 28 to register, which can be done at the Brainerd Community Education office or by calling 454-6924. Cost of the expo is $25 and includes lunch and coffee.
These colorful flowers, including petunias and verbenas, will get you in the spirit at the seventh annual Crow Wing County Master Gardener "Ready, Set, Grow!" Garden Expo.
JENNIFER STOCKINGER can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5851.
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