Celebrate Spring at 2013 Siouxland Garden Show

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Celebrate the arrival of spring with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the University of Nebraska Extension during the three-day 2013 Siouxland Garden Show on March 22–24 at the Sioux City Convention Center.

The Siouxland Garden Show is a one-stop shopping and educational extravaganza for everything related to lawns and gardens. The show features inspiring displays, educational seminars, how-to sessions, make and take workshops, and face-to-face consultations provided by regional and national experts, services and businesses. Gardeners will find time and money saving ways to improve and refresh outdoor surroundings—from the latest in water features to creating curb appeal, from fairy gardens to cooking local foods, from smart irrigation to attracting birds to your garden.

Show hours are Friday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are available at ISU Extension and Outreach-Woodbury County, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension-Dakota County, and both Earl May Nursery and Garden Center locations in Sioux City.

Show adds new features

With a theme of "Seeds of Change," the seventh annual Siouxland Garden Show has many new aspects.

  • A third day has been added; the show will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • A "make and take" center has been added to allow attendees to practice what they learn and leave the show with a jump start on their lawn and garden projects.
  • The new location – Sioux City Convention Center at 801 4th St., Sioux City, Iowa – better accommodates the space needed for increased exhibitors and additional educational opportunities. The main hall features 50 exhibitors showcasing the newest products and hottest trends and services.

Siouxland Garden Show speakers and events

Columnist and author Jan Riggenbach leads off the show on Friday at 12:30 p.m. by sharing Big Ideas for Smaller Gardens.

One of the nation's leading herbalists, Jim Long, will be presenting throughout the weekend. Long will share how to grow and use the 10 most popular herbs and will challenge show goers to take a fresh look at salsa. Forty-seven educational seminars, how-to sessions and make-and-take workshops are scheduled to inspire and motivate even the greenest gardener.  

The Children’s Corner will offer free, fun and interactive activities for youth to learn a love for gardening and explore a rain forest setting.

Vendors of the Siouxland Garden Show offer a variety of door prizes, with the grand prize built during the garden show. Bill McAnally, McAnally Consulting, will build a garden shed out of salvaged materials, some of which were salvaged from the Siouxland area. Metal roofing, barn wood, windows and additional materials salvaged during the de-construction of barns, outbuildings and homes will be used to build the shed. Attendees will be able to watch the progress as materials are added to the shed throughout the show. The garden shed will be given away during the door prize drawing on Sunday, March 24.

For a complete schedule of events at the Siouxland Garden Show, please contact ISU Extension-Woodbury County at 712-276-2157 or visit www.siouxlandgardenshow.org.