Show a touch of spring

A sure sign that spring is near is the annual Montgomery County Master Gardeners Flower and Garden Show.

This year’s event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds. Several vendors and educators will be on hand to help event-goers answer gardening questions.

Every year leading up to the show, the Midwestern weather varies. Last year spring came early. This year the area had an usually warm period in February which was interrupted by recent snowfall and dropping temperatures. Master Gardner Bob Smith said the current weather conditions always makes for different questions from event-goers.

“Mother Nature has all our outdoor plants and trees confused,” Smith said. “If you look at the crocuses and daffodils you will see them all bending over and touching the ground,” Smith said. “There is not a lot we can do about that, but hopefully not many fruit trees had started budding yet. That could be bad news later on.”

Smith said now is a good time for gardeners to plant seed starts in their homes so seedlings can be transferred outdoors when warmer weather returns. He also said this is a good time to clean up lawns and gardens to prepare for the planting season.

The Montgomery County Master Gardeners will staff their booth at the show to answer questions about gardening and lawn maintenance. Anyone asking a question at the club’s booth will get a free plant. The group is always looking for new members. They will have information on how to join.

Nucor will have a booth inside the fairgrounds arena. Employees will again distribute assorted types of free trees from 8 a.m. to noon.

Smith said there some new vendors will be present this year which gives the show something new. Vendors will offer all types of lawn and garden items.

Also new will be breakfast and lunch will be offered by Maxine’s on Green.

Smith said there is still room to add vendors to the show. Contact him at 765-918-0030.