AUSTIN – The sixth annual “East Austin Garden Fair: A Passion for Plants” will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on April 14 at the Zaragoza Recreation Center, 2608 E. Gonzales Street in Austin.
The fair, presented by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and city of Austin, is open to the public and has free admission and parking.
“This year’s theme is ‘Grow Well-Grow Your Own,’ so we’ll have a lot of information on creating your own garden space,” said Daphne Richards, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture in Travis County. “There will be information and activities for adults and children.”
The event will feature about 25 booths and displays with activities and information, said Manda Rash, the nine-year Travis County Master Gardener coordinating the event.
“There will be information and hands-on demonstrations relating to planting seedlings, square-foot gardening, container gardening, irrigation, composting, how to create a school garden and more,” Rash said. “We’ll also have activities and offerings for kids, such as building a birdhouse, beekeeping (without the bees) and free popcorn.”
Rash said she expects from 200 to 400 people to attend, and the show will be held “rain or shine” as there is an indoor option at the location.
Richards said attendees will receive a free starter plant while supplies last, and will be introduced to volunteer opportunities for reaching out and making a difference in their community.
Gardening information will be available in both English and Spanish.
For more information, go to http://www.tcmastergardeners.org or call Richards or the Travis County Master Gardener desk at the AgriLife Extension office for Travis County, 512-854-9600.