This year’s show features more than 30 vendors offering collections of plants and other garden related items. You’ll find bromeliads, orchids, palms, tropical shrubs and trees, a variety of ground covers, heliconias and gingers, fruit trees, succulents, herbs and vegetables, fragrant tropical and colorful native and non-native plants that attract birds (even hummingbirds) and butterflies. You will find something old, something new and something in every rainbow color for your yard and garden! You also won’t want to miss the large selection of garden décor items and other garden accessories including pottery and old cypress wood to mount your plants. Do not worry if you buy more plants than you are able to carry as the extension 4-H youth will have wagons to assist you with your purchases.
Bring your questions to the Master Gardeners’ “Ask Me” booth, where Master Gardeners will be ready to provide you with plant care tips, and disease/pest diagnostics for your new purchases and your existing landscape (please make sure you bring your plant/pest samples in a sealed bag), and take advantage of our speakers and hands-on demonstrations. On Saturday, learn about Pruning with Master Gardener Marty Koblish, Landscape Pests & Their Treatments with Dr. Doug Bug, and unique container gardening ideas with Master Gardener Maria Schoenfelder. On Sunday, we have a special speaker, Chad Washburn, deputy director of the Naples Botanical Garden, who will tell you all about littoral planting ideas for your freshwater ponds. You can learn how to grow tomatoes in a 6×6 plot with Master Gardener Hap Happney and finally, learn about the Common Landscape mistakes we tend to make in the unfamiliar Florida garden with Master Gardener Donna Kay.
Entrance admission, payable in cash only, is $4 for adults; children 12 and under are free. But hold on to your tickets, as you might be the winner of one of our hourly door prizes courtesy of our vendors (you need to be present). All proceeds are used to support the Master Gardeners’ education programs.
For more information, including the schedule of Yard & Garden Show programs, visit http://collier.ifas.ufl.edu.