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Gardening season to kick off Saturday

Photo Submitted / Master Gardeners teach kids about gardening and help them pot a plant to take home during the “Kids Can” part of the annual Garden Extravaganza. This year’s event, sponsored by the Lincoln County Master Gardeners and Lincoln County MSU Extension Center, will be held on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Photo Submitted / Master Gardeners teach kids about gardening and help them pot a plant to take home during the “Kids Can” part of the annual Garden Extravaganza. This year’s event, sponsored by the Lincoln County Master Gardeners and Lincoln County MSU Extension Center, will be held on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This week’s showers will end with a weekend of flowers when the Lincoln County Master Gardeners and Extension Service host the 2015 Garden Extravaganza Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Railroad Park in downtown Brookhaven.

Lincoln County Master Gardeners and the Lincoln County MSU Extension Service have hosted the extravaganza each spring for more than 10 years. The event features a guest speaker, local and national vendors, concessions and activities.

Master Gardener Homer Richardson said the event is a chance for the community to get in the gardening mood. It will also help locals find out how to get started and get gardens ready for planting.

“We do it every spring as a chance for people to come by and start thinking about gardening,” Richardson said. “They can buy a few plants, get questions answered and get started getting reading for the yard.”

The event will include several local and statewide vendors offering gardening-related items, such as birdhouses and beetraps from the Christian Motorcyclists Association, Billy’s hand-carved canes and walking sticks and four plant vendors including Katkaw Nurseries.

Rebecca Bates, county director of the MSU Extension Service, said soft drinks, hamburgers and homemade ice cream will be sold during lunch hours and a “Kids Can” activity will go on throughout the day – where master gardeners will help children learn about gardening and help them pot plants that they can take home.

Supertalk radio personality and author Nellie Neal, “The Garden Mama,” will speak from 12-1 p.m. at the Brookhaven Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. Neal’s latest books, “The Non-stop Color Garden,” and “Month by Month: Gardening in the Deep South,” will be available for purchase and signing.

Neal’s topic is “Top-Down Color Year-Round,” which Bates said is about “how to have color in your garden 12 months out of the year using annuals, perennials and woody ornamentals.”

Bates said the wet weather should start clearing out Friday and make for a gorgeous Saturday at Railroad Park.

“It’s supposed be beautiful by then, so [this will be] a great opportunity for people to come out, hear Nell speak, and also pick up great plant and yard art material for the garden,” she said. “A time for everyone to come out, enjoy the weather and have a hamburger with master gardeners.”