Due to coronavirus concerns, the 2020 Garden Show is POSTPONED. Details about the new date will be posted to the website and Facebook when they become available.
Since we all realize the importance of our lands remaining diverse and productive over time, the 2020 Garden Show presented by the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners will focus on sustainability. It will be held in two buildings on the Douglas County Fairgrounds at 2110 Harper Street, in Lawrence, Kansas. The Garden Show includes expert speakers, educational booths, a bird house and feeder building workshop, a garage sale filled with garden related items, outdoor craft items, vendors, food trucks, a theme garden and raffle items. If you love all things botanical and meeting fellow gardeners, this is the event for you!
Educational presentations will be given by Tom Buller, the Douglas County Extension Agent, and Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners. Six presentations will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue every hour. Topics include vegetable gardening, gardening for pollinators, composting and mulching, garden design, daylilies, and bees and beekeeping. Extension Master Gardeners should check with their County Extension Agent for course eligibility for advanced education credits.
Educational booths will provide information on topics such as: the edible garden; family gardening; good and bad bugs; pollinator gardens; soil, compost and mulch and tool sharpening. There will also be one booth to help sustain you: Yoga for gardeners. Both the educational booths and the educational speakers will be using QR codes to provide additional information. Instructions on how to access materials using the QR codes, which is as easy as pointing your cell phone camera at them, will be available at the Welcome table and throughout the event.
If you are looking for garden art or useful and decorative garden items, our garage sale, crafts, and raffle area will have great choices for you. The garage sale offers a wide variety of garden related items. If you pick up an old shovel or tool at the garage sale that needs to be sharpened, we will have a booth that will do that for you. We will have some amazing raffle items including a large water garden pot and a KU basketball signed by the team. Our crafty Master Gardeners have also created some wonderful items that would add pizzazz to your garden.
Vendors include several Lawrence based businesses: local members of the Mid-America Begonia Club; the Jungle House (house plants and creative pots); the BodyTruth Bar (botanical soaps made using sustainable processes), bodytruthbar.com; and Indapot, indapot.com. Indapots are unbreakable silicone pots that are rigid but pliable, colorfast, made without harmful chemicals, can withstand all temperatures, and are long-lasting and recyclable. They really fit the sustainability theme. Every gardener is going to want these pots!
With all this activity going on you are probably going to get hungry. Two different food trucks will be onsite to curb your hunger. The Torched Goodness truck will be serving breakfast items and crème brulee in the morning. The crème brulees will sell out quickly, so if you want one, get there early! JB Tacos will serve lunch. They have wonderful tacos to meet all tastes, including vegetarians and vegans.
We hope you agree that this is an event you don’t want to miss! For updates and additional details, check the Douglas County Master Gardeners website at dgemgks.com, or our Facebook page at facebook.com/douglascountymastergardeners.
Written by Thelma Simons, Douglas County Extension Master Gardener and 2020 Garden Show co-chair