SIOUX CITY, Iowa –Just in time for spring comes the 11th annual Siouxland Garden Show, March 24 - 25 at the Sioux City Convention Center. Regional and local speakers, how-to sessions, make and take projects and businesses and organizations from around the Siouxland area bring something for everyone.
Attendees can hear talks on topics from pollinators to perennials, visit the Winter Farmers Market and local wineries, learn new tricks from starting seeds to making the most of homegrown produce and how to build teacup bird feeders, succulent terrarium gardens and decorative wood and glass flower holders. The Children’s Play Garden is a fun and interactive area for youth to discover a love for gardening.
“This year’s theme is ‘Grow With Us’, and the Siouxland Garden Show will help you grow your own gardening skills with expert knowledge, tested techniques and exciting vendor offerings,” said Carol Larvick, Nebraska Extension educator.
The 2017 Siouxland Garden Show offers a variety of educational opportunities. Local chefs will teach the audience how to pair food with local wines and safely pull off culinary tricks like a flambé. Several sessions will introduce the audience to seasonal fruits and vegetables, landscaping, small space gardening, Emerald Ash Borer facts and more. There will be educational sessions with author Heather Holm, Loess Hills Lavender’s Mary Hamer, Master Gardeners Jenny Jorgensen and Marian Cain and specialists in a variety of fields from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Nebraska Extension.
“The Siouxland Garden Show attracts people from all over the region who share an interest in gardening of some sort, whether they are beginning gardeners or lifetime gardeners,” said Kellie Solberg, Master Gardener and Local Foods Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach – Woodbury County. “There are a variety of speaker and hands-on options to match anyone’s interests and experience levels at this event.”
This event is offered by ISU Extension and Outreach – Woodbury County and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Dakota County, as part of the extension mission of engaging the public with research-based education and services.
The entry fee is $5 per day, and children under 12 are admitted free. Tickets are available prior to the show at the Woodbury and Dakota County Extension offices. For more information, including a full schedule of speakers, how-to sessions and make and take projects, please visit www.siouxlandgardenshow.org, or contact ISU Extension and Outreach – Woodbury County at (712) 276-2157.
“This year’s event is aimed to impress with a panel of experts from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Nebraska Extension,” said Molly Hewitt, county director at ISU Extension and Outreach – Woodbury County. “The topics will be useful for gardeners of all skill levels. We are excited to be the premier educational gardening event with our speaker presentations, how-to demonstrations and opportunity for hand on learning with or make and take projects. The show is designed to be something the whole family will enjoy!”
Still time for vendors to sign up
The Siouxland Garden Show is still seeking vendors to join the more than 40 who are already signed up. To fulfill its non-profit educational mission by bringing in speakers, purchasing make-and-take materials and providing a venue large enough for the 3,000+ visitors expected each year, the Siouxland Garden Show relies on the support of local and regional businesses with garden-related products and services joining the event as vendors. The Siouxland Garden Show is held at the Sioux City Convention Center located at 801 4th St., Sioux City, Iowa.
Additional volunteers are needed to assist in running the 2017 show. Volunteers will take tickets, assist in the speaker, how-to and make-and-take areas, help to set up and tear down the show and other tasks as needed. The bulk of the Garden Show’s volunteers are Master Gardeners from Woodbury County, Dakota County and the surrounding area, but anyone with an interest can sign up and help out.
Volunteers receive free admission to the show and a Siouxland Garden Show 2017 T-shirt which doubles as a uniform to let attendees know who to approach for assistance. Volunteers can request specific positions, which are filled on a first come, first serve basis. There is a mandatory volunteer training session which is offered on three different days, and all volunteers must submit to a background check.
Sponsoring organizations include Del’s Garden Center, Sugar Plum Oak Amish Handmade Furniture, City of Sioux City, City of South Sioux City, Sioux City Farmers Market, Powell Broadcasting Company, KCAU-TV, Sioux City Journal and Avery Outdoor.