MOUNT VERNON — The second Walk Through the Garden Spring Gardening Workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at the Knox County Career Center on Martinsburg Road.
The event is put on by the Knox County Master Gardener Volunteers, part of a statewide organization that supports the Cooperative Extension Service by providing information and education about gardening.
Volunteer Pat Barnes said those attending the workshop will find vendors displaying a variety of garden-related items and will hear presentations on berry production in home gardens, controlling pests and weeds, and coordinating bloom time with garden plants.
Gary Gao, small fruit specialist from The Ohio State University, will present the session on berry production; Troy Cooper, Master Gardener coordinator and director of the Extension Office in Knox County, will discuss controlling pests and weeds; and Joe Cochran, Master Gardener coordinator from the Secrest Arboretum and Gardens of OSU at Wooster, will speak about coordinating bloom times.
Local vendors so far include Williams Flower Shop, Paragraphs Book Store, Willow Works and horticulture students from the Knox County Career Center. Out-of-town vendors so far include Garden Gate from Coshocton and Richardson’s Greenhouse from Loudonville.
Persons interested in attending the workshop or having a booth at the event should contact the OSU Extension Office in Knox County at 397-0401 by Tuesday.
There is a cost for the workshop which includes lunch. Space for vendors is free, except for a per person fee for lunch and snacks and a donated item for a silent auction.
The first spring gardening workshop was held two years ago and was attended by about 60 people. Barnes said the plan is to hold them every two years.