Arkansas gardeners planning on making the most of their 2019 should mark their calendars for the weekend’s Jefferson County Home and Garden Show at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.


Admission is free to the show scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.


This year’s show will focus on the importance of pollinators and how to attract them to the garden, according to a news release.


Speakers will include Dr. Yong Park, an associate professor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Agriculture Department.


Extension horticulture specialist Berni Kurz will be the show’s feature speaker. Until recently, Kurz was the longtime Washington County Cooperative Extension Service chair.


Presenters will speak on backyard plants for birds and pollinators, landscaping with native plants for pollinators and getting started with apiculture.


There will also be more than 100 vendor booths, food trucks, a plant pathologist who can diagnose plant diseases, puppies to adopt, bunnies to pet, and a quilt show presented by the Pine Bluff Quilter’s Guild.


Raffle tickets will be sold for prizes, including a rolling chicken coop, a handmade wooden wheelbarrow and a quilt made and donated to the Master Gardeners by the quilter’s guild. Raffle tickets are $1 and can be purchased from any Jefferson County Master Gardener member, or can be purchased on site at the Home and Garden Show. Prize drawings will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday and participants don’t have to be present to win.


For more information, contact the Jefferson County Master Gardeners at 870-534-1033. To learn about horticulture in Arkansas, contact a local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.