Eighth annual East Austin Garden Fair to be held April 12

AUSTIN — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Travis County Master Gardeners Association and City of Austin will present the 8th annual “A Passion for Plants” East Austin Garden Fair from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. April 12 at Zaragoza Park, 2608 Gonzales St., Austin.

The East Austin Garden Fair has activities for the whole family, including many hands-on kids' activities. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

The East Austin Garden Fair has activities for the whole family, including many hands-on kids’ activities. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

The fair is free and open to the public.

“This event is fun for the whole family and there will be lots of kids’ activities,” said Daphne Richards, AgriLife Extension horticulturist for Travis County and an event coordinator. “It’s got plenty of hands-on demonstrations and activities to involve community members in creative, low-cost ways to grow food and ornamental plants, improve their family diet and green up their homes.”

Richards said fair attendees can get expert advice from Travis County Master Gardener volunteers on all aspects of gardening and composting, plus information on additional topics.

“The fair will feature an assortment of booths, and do-it-yourself and demonstration activities,” she said.

Activities and practical demonstrations will include garden planning, composting, butterfly gardening, kids’ crafts, rainwater harvesting, “firewise” landscaping, vegetable, herb and citrus gardening, and keeping bees and chickens. There will also be Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program registration counseling, including how to double benefits at farmers markets, along with cooking demonstrations.

Richards said free plants will be provided to participants as long as quantities last.

For more information, contact Richards at 512- 854-9616 or go to http://centraltexashorticulture.blogspot.com.

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