The Union County Master Gardeners’ 10th annual home and garden show will be this Saturday, April 6, in downtown New Albany.  The show will kick off at 9 a.m. with guest speaker horticulturist Jason Reeves’ presentation “Cast Away:  Turning Trash into Treasure,” in the Magnolia Civic Center.  Reeves will speak again at 11 a.m. with “Hydrangea Hysteria.”  At 1:30 p.m., local Master Gardener Tracy Kramer will present “Beauty and Maintenance of Hybrid and Easy Care Roses in your Landscape.”  To close out the day, author and radio host Felder Rushing will present “Woo-Hoo in the Garden – Getting the most out of your efforts with less effort,” at 3 p.m.  All presentations will be in the Civic Center, with door prizes following each session.

Throughout the day, visitors can shop among the vendors who will be set up on Bankhead Street around the Civic Center, selling a variety of items for the home and garden, including plants, garden art, concrete items, birdfeeders, wooden lawn furniture, and more.  Food vendors will also be offering fried pigskins, homemade ice cream, grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, as well as funnel cakes and tacos.  

Local musicians will be playing in the pocket park beside the Center, beginning with Mike Carter from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., Karly (of the duo Hannah & Karly) from 12 until 2 p.m., and Paul Tate from 2 until 4 p.m.

The New Albany Ballet Company will give a performance on stage at the Civic Center from 10:30 until 11 a.m.

A special Kids’ Korner will be set-up with different activities for children.  The first event will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m., with children making Happy Easter Cards.  

The Union County Library along with New Albany Main Street Association will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on the Union County Courthouse Lawn at 10 a.m. The egg hunt will be for children 10 and under. All you need to bring is your basket! 

From 10:30 until 11:30 a.m., kids can learn all about honeybees with local bee expert Joan Herrington.  At 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., kids can make  bird feeders to take home.  There will be storytelling with Vickie Manning, who will be reading from the book “The Garden of Talking Flowers” by Adele Geras, from 1 until 1:30 p.m.  To end the day from 2 until 4 p.m., children can plant seeds in a container they decorate.  There will also be other on-going activities, such as Butterflies and Bugs Tattoos, and Fun with Sidewalk Chalk.

For additional information, call the MSU Extension Office at 534-1916.  You can also follow the Facebook page at “New Albany Home & Garden Show” to see information on specific vendors.


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