In an effort to fund youth and community educational programs, Jefferson County Master Gardeners will present the 30th annual Home & Garden Show, “Growing New Gardeners,” at the Pine Bluff Convention Center this weekend.


The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. The event will feature garden seminars, daily workshops, how-to demonstrations and more than 100 exhibitor booths.


“With the moderate temperatures, we are expecting record-breaking attendance. We have many new vendors that are offering a variety of items not previously exhibited at the show,” said Linda Soffer, a master gardener and chairperson of the show.


According to a press release, exhibitor booths include: plants, herbs, essential oils, jewelry, salsa, spices, mowers, tractors, weed eaters, puppies, bunnies, live plants, camellias, shrubs, bromeliads, home interior, lawn and garden, bath outfitters, home care, quilting, educational and informational messages, etc.


Children’s activities will include: sand art, building sub-irrigation planters, creating placemats and picture frames, and building pine cone feeders with the Three Rivers Audubon Society.


Soffer said that there is a resurgence of interest in sustainability with backyard vegetable gardening, raised bed gardening and chickens.


The show will include sessions on these areas that will be taught by master gardeners and professionals.


Janet B. Carson of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service will be the featured guest at this year’s show.


Other guest speakers and presenters will include: Education Specialist Lori Monday from the Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center, Leanna Britton and students from Star City High School, Delos McCauley of the Jefferson County Audubon Society and Les Walz, CEA-Staff Chair, Cleveland County and Interim Staff Chair, Jefferson County.


There will also be an opportunity for guests to visit the master gardener’s booth for gardening information and to learn how to become a master gardener.

“… (Carson) will be retiring at the end of 2018. This is an excellent opportunity to get answers to gardening questions,” Soffer said.

Details: Contact Soffer at (573) 253-9774 or call the Jefferson County Extension Service at (870) 534-1033.