My Productive Garden – Eating, Healing, Crafting
Lexington County Master Gardeners invite you to the SC Garden Jamboree, a fun day of inspiration and hands on learning. The 2020 Jamboree will be Friday April 3,2020
at the River Center of Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia, SC.
- Opening Session
- Amanda McNulty Presenting….AMANDA!
The host of Making It Grow as well as a Clemson University Horticulture Extension Agent, Amanda McNulty is one of our gardening friends and gurus. Sharing years of knowledge about productive gardening in her warm and humorous way, Amanda’s presentation will be sure to delight and educate you!
- Closing Session
- Vanessa Driscoll Bialobreski GARDEN to TABLE and TABLE TO GARDEN ENTERTAINING
Vanessa Driscoll Bialobreski discovered her true passion when she created Farm to Table Productions, Management and Catering. Working with local chefs and farmers, she helps orchestrate dinners and events that bring a community together over locally-grown food. Vanessa will share some of her fun and innovative ideas for entertaining in our own gardens.
WORKSHOPS (Choice of 3)
- Ed Siggelko and Phil Mass ENHANCING THE GARDEN WITH CRITTER HABITATS
Ed Siggelko, a Master Naturalist, and Phil Maas, a talented woodworker and Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens Horticulture Volunteer, will present ideas on how to enhance your garden for “good critters.” You will receive a dragonfly resting post and view other crafts such as a toad house that can be made for your garden.
- Nancy Hogsett and Barbara Whittaker DESSERTS FROM YOUR GARDEN
With all your hard work in the garden, you deserve a treat…or two …or three. Master Gardeners Nancy Hogsett and Barbara Whittaker will share pertinent gardening information and tips on making (dairy and non-dairy) ice cream and wonderful baked goods, all of which incorporate herbs, fruit, or flowers from your garden or from a local farmers market. Of course, this class will include delicious samples as well as recipes!
- Debby West A GARDEN STATE OF MIND
Floral Designer (retired) and Lexington Master Gardener, Debby West, will take you down a floral path to open up and stimulate creative natural garden fancies made from gifts from the garden. Ordinary tree and woody ornamental branches will “spring” forward in fantasy colors, sizes and shapes. Crochet and knit objects will take on another purpose when used in spring floral centerpieces. You will look at incorporating textile arts and hobbies with fresh flowers, twigs, grasses, branches, etc. in a way you never thought of before.
- Philip Rabon of Midstate Beekeepers Association BUZZ ABOUT BEES
Bees are critical to any garden. Learn which flowers to plant to help nourish them and the many products they produce.
- Tricia Shealy PRESERVING YOUR GARDEN FLOWERS
Why only enjoy flowers for a short time in your garden? You are deadheading anyway—come learn various ways of preserving flowers from your garden and crafts you can do with them. Tricia, a Lexington Master Gardener, will show you how to use pressed flowers to make a suncatcher to take home, and you will obtain a handout on how to dry various types of flowers that can grow in your yard or collect by the wayside.
- Greg Gerrald and Brenda Musick OUR GARDEN CRUISE TO THE MEDITERRANEAN: DIET, THAT IS
Co-owner of The Classy Cruet and licensed pharmacist, Greg Gerrald will discuss a healthy Mediterranean diet with an emphasis on real extra virgin olive oil and vinegars, and Brenda Musick, Master Gardener, will review the growing of applicable herbs. You will go home with a handout linking you to healthy and delicious recipes as well as Mediterranean herb growing tips.
- Sandra McCravy FOR THE LOVE OF LAVENDER
Learn about growing lavender in our type of climate and soils including recommended cultivars and planting tips. Receive a handout including this information and lavender farms which you can visit. In class, Sandra McCravy, Lexington Master Gardener and crafter, will help you complete an herbal eye mask to take home.
- Elena Starostenko and Karen Campbell FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE..TO GARDENING IN SC!
Gardening and Grandchildren have brought Lexington County Master Gardener Karen Campbell together with her neighbor’s mother from Russia, Elena Starostenko. Elena will demonstrate how to make beautiful baskets from local vines. Karen will discuss vines that grow well in South Carolina whether you plan to add to a basket, wreath, trellis, or pergola. Interested participants will create and take home the beginnings of a small basket.
- Jeanette Wells ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF SALUDA SHOALS PARK
Jeanette Wells, a retired environmental educator from Saluda Shoals Park, will escort you on an easy nature walk. She will share her knowledge with you pointing out interesting flora along the way.
Plant and Garden-Related Vendors, Silent Auction, Door Prizes
Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Snack Breaks