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Fall Gardeners Festival Planned for Aug. 28

Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Crossville — Gardeners who had troubles with drought, disease or extreme weather get a chance for redemption each fall, and beginning at 9 a.m. on August 28 Cumberland County Master Gardeners and experts from the University of Tennessee will host a festival at the UT Plateau AgResearch and Education Center to show you how.

Whether your gardening interests lie along the lines of landscaping for fun or gardening for food, you are sure to find presentations and exhibits of interest. Sponsored by the Cumberland County Master Gardeners, UT Extension, and the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center, the event is free to attend.

Festival activities will include a jam-packed day of presentations that feature UT experts and local gardening personalities talking on such topics as using herbs for health and nutrition, extending the gardening season into fall and winter and roses and hydrangeas for the landscape.  Wagon tours of the center and walks in the center’s discovery gardens will also be available.

The event will also feature vendors and exhibitors featuring wares and information for gardeners and those interested in landscaping and nursery products.

The popular UT Extension Ask-the-Expert booth invites participants to bring samples or photos of “needy” plant materials for analysis and recommended treatments.  Also, Debbie Joines, manager of UT Extension’s Soil, Plant and Pest Center will be on hand to provide free soil pH analyses.  Those interested in this service should bring a sandwich bag full of the soil they wish to be tested.

Admission to the festival is free. Snacks and lunch items will be available for purchase throughout the day. The event will be held at the main unit of the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center on U.S. Hwy. 70N west of Crossville. A map and complete directions are available online at http://plateau.tennessee.edu/location/. For more information, call the center at (931) 484-0034 or visit the Cumberland County Master Gardeners website: www.ccmga.org

The Cumberland County Master Gardeners are a program of the county’s UT Extension office and the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center in Crossville is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. Both Extension and AgResearch are divisions of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.