SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Many cases of spring fever are being reported around Siouxland. The cure: the 2009 Siouxland Garden Show Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21. This third annual event will feature 32 educational sessions presented by regional experts, more than 50 businesses and clubs from across the tri-state region and free hands-on activities for children. The show will be held at the Marina Center in South Sioux City, Neb.
“The show is designed for anyone who has any interest in flowers, lawns, landscapes or gardens," said Sherry McGill, director of Iowa State University (ISU) Extension-Woodbury County. "Everyone will enjoy the quality speakers who will present and the commercial vendors who will demonstrate innovative ideas.”
Whether attendees come to learn new things for their lawn and garden or to relax by the indoor reflection pond, the Siouxland Garden Show has something for everyone.
“The list of quality regional experts being brought in as presenters for the informational sessions is incredible,” said McGill. “One of our featured speakers, garden writer Jan Riggenbach, will be back by popular demand to present Fifty Fabulous Finds. Plus, other horticulture professionals will share their expertise on roses, ornamental grasses, trees, perennials for shade, ponds, preserving produce and so much more.”
Attendees may bring their questions to the Backyard Farmer Panel (BYF) on Friday at 12:30 p.m. The BYF panel includes University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) specialists in entomology, horticulture and plant pathology. BYF is a Nebraska Educational Television program that has been dedicated to helping viewers find solutions to lawn and garden questions for over 50 years.
On Saturday at 2 p.m., meet gardening expert and TV host Melinda Myers, as seen on KCAU-TV, author of 19 books including Birds & Blooms’ Ultimate Gardening Guide.
Better Homes and Gardens magazine Garden Editor Susan Appleget Hurst will share great design ideas that can take your yard from boring to brilliant on Saturday at 3 p.m.
For a complete listing of presenters, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/woodbury.
The Children’s Corner will be a fun and interactive area for youth to learn a love for gardening. Story time with fun garden themed books will be on the hour and UNL Extension Entomologist Keith Jarvi will be presenting “The Good, The Bad and The Bugly” on the half hour. The very popular scavenger hunt will keep the kids engaged as they browse the exhibit area. Plus, children who turns in their scavenger hunt will earn a prize that will inspire them to use what they learned at the Siouxland Garden Show in their own gardens or flower pots at home.
In addition, Professor Ted Wilson of Briar Cliff University will bring his Insect Zoo for Kids to the “how-to” stage Saturday at 2 p.m.
A wide variety of gardening items will be available for purchase, including pottery, plants, tools, fertilizer, outdoor décor and more. Locally produced wine and aronia berry jam will be available for sample and purchase.
On Saturday only, chainsaw sculptor Blair Smith will be on hand demonstrating his craft. Plus, over $4,000 in door prizes will be given away including a Cedar Potter’s Bench valued at $1,000.
“The Siouxland Garden Show will give area garden enthusiasts a jumpstart on their spring and summer landscape and outdoor planning,” said Carol Larvick, extension educator at UNL Extension. “This event will have something for novice flower and garden enthusiasts and those who have been gardening for many years.”
Hours of the show will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for one day entrance and $9 for a two-day pass. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. The price includes complete entrance to all features of the event including all speakers and information sessions.
Advance tickets are available at Iowa State University Extension-Woodbury County, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension-Dakota County, Mosher’s Greenhouse and Landscaping, Earl May, and all Sioux City and South Sioux City HyVee stores.
Sponsoring organizations include Del's Garden Center, ICON Ag Solutions-John Deere, Bomgaars, Mosher's Greenhouses and Landscaping, Earl May Nursery, Prairie Pedlar, Four All Seasons, HyVee, Executive Lawns & Pools, Mercy Medical Center, Avery Outdoor, South Sioux City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Powell Broadcasting, KCAU-TV and the Sioux City Journal.
Planning this event are Iowa State University Extension-Woodbury County, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Dakota County, Mosher’s Greenhouse and Landscaping, Prairie Pedlar, Earl May Nursery, Woodbury County Extension Master Gardeners, and Iowa State University Extension.
For a complete schedule of events at the Siouxland Garden Show, please contact ISU Extension-Woodbury County at (712) 276-2157 or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/woodbury.