Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners: Groovy Garden Show to offer something for everyone (Column)

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The Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners free Groovy Garden Show features expert speakers, educational booths, workshops, raffle and silent auctions, garden art, and a garden garage sale as well as vendors and food trucks.

Consistent with our educational mission, EMG-staffed educational booths will provide guidance and expert advice on garden topics including youth gardening, utilizing native plants, identifying beneficial insects, growing vegetables and creating self-watering planters. You can also receive help dealing with your garden problems, plan your landscape, learn money-saving sustainability tips, prepare for gardening with yoga-based stretches and the healing energy of crystal singing bowls.

Kristen A. Baum, the new director of Monarch Watch, is a featured speaker, sharing the importance of monarch waystations to support pollinators. Additional presentation topics will include medicinal plants for your garden, a garden soil health primer, groovy gardening as we age, and edible landscapes. Our partners at Common Ground will be on hand to discuss community gardens. Lastly, you can learn about square-foot gardening in our fairgrounds hoop house.

For a hands-on experience, sign up for a workshop. Projects include creating whimsical garden mushrooms, pie pan garden art flowers, or recycled wood oriole feeders. All abilities are welcome. There are material fees for these “make and take” projects. Details and registration information can be found at

Recycling began in the late 1960s. The Groovy Garage Sale honors the principles of reusing, recycling and repurposing lawn and gardening equipment and decor. Proceeds from the garage sale, raffle and silent auction, garden art, and workshops support ongoing public educational programs and activities for Douglas County K-State Extension Master Gardeners.

Attendees will appreciate the gardening-focused expertise, garden products and art provided by our vendors. In addition, food and beverages will be available from food trucks. 

Gardening feeds the soul and provides a sense of peace and hope for the future. The classic rock anthem “Woodstock” reminds us, “We’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.” After a cold winter, we invite you to do just that. Please join us for garden inspirations, art, education and garage sale bargains at the ‘60s-inspired Groovy Garden Show!

This event is free and open to the public, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St. Speakers will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue on the hour. The last presentation will be at 1:30 p.m.

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— Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners are people who love to garden, learn about gardening and share what they learn with others. They are a community of gardeners who share a curiosity for learning, a passion for conservation, and a sense of obligation to enrich our community through outreach, education and beautification. They are volunteers trained in all aspects of horticulture, and their mission is to provide research-based gardening information to help Douglas County residents.

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