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Garden Festival is replacing the Master Gardener Plant Sale

Garden Festival and Plant Sale
They say time flies while you’re having fun. This may explain why the Garden Festival feels like it is coming so quickly. Yes, the Annual Plant Sale, which comes on the 3rd Week of November every year, is morphing into a Garden Festival. In the past, we had the Sam Polston auditorium at the Bert J Harris Agriculture Civic center full of great plant deals. We’ll have just as many great plant deals but so much more. So save the date of November 17th from 9 am-4 pm at 4509 George Blvd, Sebring, Florida
Watch our Festival Trailer here! 
 Great Information as well as plants
Out front of the Ag Civic Center, under the trees, will be Master Gardener information booths. Expect booths on butterfly and pollinator gardening orchids, succulents, worm composting, Florida-Friendly landscaping, a help desk and more. We will also have things to sell at our booths. Honey, painted rain-barrels, square foot gardens, frost cloth, orchids, succulents and more.
Close up of a green pot with a variety of succulent plants

The succulent booth will be offering the opportunity to make your own succulent planter. photo by David Austin

Vendors
This year we have invited vendors that will have all sorts of delightful garden related items and more. expect food and music and a festival type atmosphere. There will be a kid zone hosted by Highlands County 4-H and Toby’s Clowns should be on hand.  The IFAS bookstore is coming from Gainesville with lots of books and University of Florida clothing and other cool items.
Classes
We will have classes in the back conference rooms and informative publications with the latest scientific gardening information from the University of Florida.
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Save the Date for the 2018 Garden Festival by the Highlands County Master Gardeners. November 17th at the Bert J Harris Agriculture Civic Center in Sebring, Fl. Watch our advertisement trailer click here or for information or to be a vendor email me at davidaustin@ufl.edu

2 Comments on “Garden Festival is replacing the Master Gardener Plant Sale

  1. David,
    I am a new and very small worm farmer/vermicomposter in Highlands County. I’m just getting my feet wet and learning how NOT to kill my worms and make creditable worm castings. What’s on tap at the 2018 Garden Festival with regards to worm farming? Can I help with anything in that arena?
    Sincerely,
    Barry Rehbein

    • Hi Barry, We are having a Class on vermiculture in Conference room two at 11 am. Here’s the info on it. Worm Farming — an environmentally friendly way to recycle kitchen and other organic
      wastes into top-notch fertilizer — will be the focus starting at 11 a.m. Leading the free
      workshop will be Master Gardeners Peggy Davis and Judi Bentley. The workshop
      relates to a vendor booth, where equipment and instructions will be available for general
      information of purchase.
      I will add your address to our email list. David Austin

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