• Gardeners educate school children
    September 12,2012
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    On Agriculture Day, Sept. 6, local school children attending the State Fair were delighted to see all the colorful flowers, a variety of vegetables and the giant pumpkins when visiting the Bergstrom Building. In addition, the master gardeners were able to give each child a packet of seeds to plant for next year, due to the generosity of Garden Time, Mr. Twitters, and Gilmore Home Center, who donated all the packets. Thanks also to Melvin Cory of Benson, who brings his creative benches and birdhouses, to add whimsey to the gardens.

    Rutland Area Extension master gardeners have expanded the display gardens next to the Bergstrom Building. Gary Clifford added a beautiful pond and waterfall several years ago. It is always a big attraction. Under the direction/guidance of Jan Sherman, the fairgrounds now have 10 display gardens and pathways beautifying the State Fair venue.

    Maintenance and watering were the biggest chore this summer, due to the lack of rain. The gardens required tender loving care by Jan and her crew, resulting in the fairgoers enjoying all the beautiful displays, as well as learning about the plantings.

    Hopefully, it inspires people to improve and expand their own home gardens.

    Master gardeners were available to answer questions, and distribute information. Thanks to one and all, for all your time and effort.

    Fair week is always a lot of work but is a letdown when it is over. We look forward to next year.


    (Floriculture superintendent)

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