2014 Siouxland Garden Show Introduces Local Food Sources

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Celebrate the arrival of spring at the 2014 Siouxland Garden Show on March 28–30 at the Sioux City Convention Center in Sioux City. The garden show, organized by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Nebraska Extension, offers sessions sure to inspire gardeners. Hours for the show are Friday, March 28, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday, March 30, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission for one day is $5, $9 for a two-day pass and $12 for a three-day pass. Discount coupons are available at the local extension offices and at show sponsor locations.

This years’ Siouxland Garden Show is an extravaganza of inspiring displays, product sales booths, educational seminars, how-to sessions, make-n-take’s, celebrity chefs, winter farmers' market, a children’s play garden and face-to-face consultation with top experts all within the convenience of one-stop shopping. The show has everything for lawn and garden needs. Visitors will find items and learn how to save time and money improving and refreshing outdoor surroundings — from the latest in landscape, vegetable gardening and edibles to backyard chickens and sunrooms.

The main hall features a variety of exhibitors showcasing the newest products and hottest trends and services. Visit the free garden-related sessions throughout the weekend and gain knowledge from top regional experts. Sign-up for a make-n-take workshop and create anything from a spring planter to a garden bench.

Highlighting the Educational Sessions will be Marge From, director of Henry Doorly Zoo Plant Conservation, with “Saving Plant Biodiversity for Future Generations,” and Sandra Gerdes, Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden Manager, with “Springtime in Holland.” There are more than 50 educational sessions, how-to sessions and make-n-takes that will inspire and motivate even the greenest gardener. Emphasizing the "Gardens Make the World Go ‘Round" theme, the 2014 Siouxland Garden Show will showcase school gardens, community gardens and ways everyone can garden.

The Children’s Play Garden will offer free, fun and interactive activities and an accessible raised bed garden for youth. Children also will enjoy the “Worm Farming FUN for the Whole Family” how-to session as well as the worm bins and carrot planter make-n-takes. There will be many fun opportunities for children at the show.

More than $2,500 in door prizes will be given away including a hand-made garden planter bench. Winners do not need to be present to win. For questions and additional information go to: www.siouxlandgardenshow.org or call the Woodbury County Extension Office at 712-276-2157.