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It’s an 11-year-old rite of spring that helps you get right for spring.
The Shelby County Master Gardeners are hosting their 11th annual Shelbyville Garden and Art Fair this Saturday, and they will have plenty of plants to help you get your yard in shape for the days when there’s no snow or the threat your house may wind up in Ohio – which they hope won’t happen Saturday.
“We’re just praying we don’t get the storms,” show chair Carolyn Brenner said. “That would just devastate us.
The show, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, will offer its usual fair: a thousand-plus perennial plants from the master gardeners’ gardens, garden exhibits, arts and crafts and a variety of exhibits designed to provide you information about ending your horticultural hiatus.
You’ll even be able to find candles, jewelry, soaps, birdhouses, lawn art, leather goods and home-canned and –baked foods.
Just for an added bonus, the Shelby County Farmer’s Market also will be opening at 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the neighboring barn.
“We’ll have a thousand-plus plants,” Brenner said. “Probably 20 or more vendors.”
Though the plant sale will be in the pavilion, vendors – such as Gallrein Farms and students from the high schools who bring plants to sell – are sprinkled uncovered around the fairgrounds, which makes the threat of inclement weather stressful.
You can understand Brenner’s concern, too. She and perhaps 30 to 40 others have been working since January – “I’d say hundreds of man hours,” she said – to get ready for the show.
"This year the perennial plants will be displayed on tables for easier viewing and access," Master Gardeners President Leon Gill said in a prepared announcement. "Our vendors have some very nice goods. Not only are the Master Gardeners' plants competitively priced, we also have some pretty interesting yard sale items as well.
“We're looking forward to seeing old and new friends Saturday."
Funds raised from the event go to maintaining the Tim McClure Botanical Gardens, which are at the gate of Clear Creek Park on Burks Branch Road.
When:9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday
Where:Shelby County Fairgrounds pavilion
What:Plants, art, food items
Why:Fundraiser for Tim McClure Botanical Gardens