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Garden Fest set for Saturday

PHOTO COURTESY OF DEB DAMASKA This Saturday, the Lycoming County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer plant-related questions and offer suggestions for buying new plants at their annual GardenFest. All of the demonstration gardens will be open, and vendors will be on site. The festival will be held rain or shine.

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Lycoming County featuring experts on planting and growing will hold its annual Garden Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The event at the Lysock View Complex, 542 County Farm Road, Montoursville, will include gardeners, landscapers, and vendors.

“We are promoting education on our gardens so you can apply it to your own garden at home,” said Jennifer Dudek, chair of Garden Fest.

Experts will be on hand to talk with people with gardening and related questions.

Attendees can pick from among the following workshops:

“Keeping Your Neighbors Happy: Going Native Without Your Yard Looking Like a Meadow,” Carl Bower, assistant professor of Horticulture, Lycoming College.

“Pollinators & Their Importance in the Neighborhood,” Ian Loewen, environmental education specialist.

“Utilize Your Yard-Edibles in Place of Ornamentals,” Stephen Petro, landscape designer.

“Introduction to Bonsai: The Ancient Art of the Miniature Tree,” Rick Mason, bonsai enthusiast.

Tours will be available of the perennial, native, annual, vegetable, pollinator, herb, and sensory gardens.

The event will include special children’s activities, educational displays, door prizes, and a plant and garden treasure sale.

In addition, there will be a silent auction of baskets of framed photos by Rick Mason. Cash and checks will only be accepted.

Vendors will include Rose Valley Naturals.

The event will be held rain or shine.

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