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April 13th, 9AM - 3PM
Come and enjoy the 7th annual Smart Gardening Fair! As hosts, the Monterey Bay Master Gardeners organize the Fair as an annual educational event that is free to the public.
The scene is a colorful marketplace of "all things gardening" with a focus on sustainable and water-wise practices. Gardening- and eco-related businesses present a wide selection of goods and services. Non-profit groups, garden clubs and organizations share their gardening knowledge and passions. An exciting buffet of ongoing demonstrations provide a fun way to learn about topics such as plant propagation, pruning, bee keeping and more.
Most noteworthy, we have assembled a group of highly respected speakers on a variety of timely gardening topics. (Schedule follows) Finally, our Kids Activities Corner, food and drink booths and music will round out the picture and make it a fun and memorable day.
Though the fair will be held on the Monterey Peninsula, it is an outing worthy of consideration for anyone in the Central Coast region of California. The gardening education event will be held adjacent to the Crossroads Carmel at the corner of Rio Road and Highway 1 in Carmel. This State Parks property provides plenty of parking and is close to the ocean, quaint shops and lovely Carmel.
Mark your calendar for a joyful day of gardening.
Smart Gardening Fair 2013
April 13th, 9 AM – 3 PM @ Highway One at Rio Road, Carmel
(Adjacent to the Crossroads Carmel) View Larger Map
The fair will present five exciting talks by well-known gardening professionals and a local chef well known for cooking with fresh local ingredients:
10 AM - Soil & Plant Nutrition Made Easy
with Steve McShane
11 AM - What's the Buzz About? Native Bees in Our Gardens
with Julie Serences
12 PM - Cooking with Wild Edible Plants
with Chef James Anderson
1 PM - Principles of Ocean Friendly Garden Design, Materials and Methods
with Ramie Allard
2 PM – Growing Protea in Monterey Bay Microclimates
with Rick McCain
The Smart Gardening Fair will feature an array of gardening demos that will inspire and teach the starting skills for a variety subjects. The demonstrations are ongoing throughout the day:
Pruning Trees for Strength and Beauty
Simple Propagation Techniques
with Kelly Locke and Gigi Tacheny
with Richard Carr and Ron Morgan
We are delighted to present "Kids Growing Strong" at the 2013 Smart Gardening Fair. Their program for kids is called It All Happens in the Garden.
Kids Growing StrongTM is dedicated to helping children discover the exciting story of how plants, animals, insects... as well as physics, chemistry, geology, climatology and biology... all come together in a garden to tell an exciting tale. A garden is a perfect environment to teach children the wonders of science and as well as foster a sense of freedom and discovery that is essential to healthy child development.