Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

April 6, 2013

AgriLife sponsoring Home and Garden Show

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Everything under the sun, including perennials, annuals, trees, fruits, vegetables, pests, garden design and water issues will be discussed at this weekend’s Home and Garden Expo, which will be from 9 to 5 p.m. April 13 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 at the I.O.O.F. Event Center in Corsicana.

Admission is $5 for anyone 12 and older, while children younger than 12 get in free. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

On Saturday will be a rotating schedule of educational programs in three rooms at the convention center.

“The topics will be everything from gardening with children, perennials and annuals, composting, earth-kind landscapes, organic gardening, fruit and nut production, entemology, water quality, water stewardship and soil prep,” said Logan Lair, extension agent for AgriLife in Navaro County.

In addition to the educational programs, vendors will be offering everything from live plants, to mowers, to insulation services and more. Already signed up are representatives with Fieldstone and Fireplaces, Owens Hardware, James Hardie Building products, American Home Improvement, Smart Food Storage, Insulated Concrete Buildings, Rock Pile Nursery, Crafty Couture, Costco, McKee, Green Xscapes, Piddling Peddlers, Cra8Stone, Vitters and Small Engine Sales, among others.

The vendor expo won’t be miles of booths like the Dallas Home Show, but this is just the first year and there’s time to grow it next year, Lair predicted.

“This is the first time this area’s ever had a home and garden expo, ever,” he said. “It’s uncharted territory for our county.”

Blending in a bit of high-tech, the expo will have one room where the talks are presented through video conferencing, which means the lectures and questions and and answers will be done through a video camera and screens. Those educational programs will be offered by experts in College Station, and is a way to save a little money on travel expenses, Lair explained. The rest of the programs, on things like perennials, composting, soil prep, EarthKind, veggie gardening and annuals, will be taught in live seminars, many of them taught by master gardeners who have gone through the AgriLife Extension program to become certified. The last seminars will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday.

“The main goal is to encourage more people to do more home and garden thins and improve the look and feel of their homes,” Lair said. “I’d also like to generate more master gardners in our communuty and this iwll be a great opportunity for people interested in becoming master gardeners to gert a feel for them, and get them to explain how it all works.”

Instead of a ticket stub, anyone entering the show will be given information on which plants work best in this area and how to care for trees.

“These are not the typical ag extension-type programs,” Lair said.

For more information on the event, contact Lair at the Texas AgriLife office at 903-654-3075.

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