More information on the 2015 Fair

Garden Fair 1“Our theme this year will explore the importance of individual actions toward building the health of ourselves, our community and our planet”, says Julia Cencebaugh Kloth, Fairfield County Master Gardener Coordinator. This year being the International Year of Soils, the focus will be on the profound importance of soil for human life.

The event is free and requires no pre-registration. It offers an opportunity to learn about sustainable gardening activities and practices. Demonstrations, presentations, walks, information booths and hands-on activities for children are planned.    Topics include managing and improving soil, composting, vegetable gardening, pruning, beekeeping, pollinators, wildflowers and native plants, invasive plants and insects and more.  The website will provide the most current details on all events.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to answers gardening questions and free soil pH testing is provided. There is also be a sale of plants donated by the Master Gardeners and gently used gardening books.

Press Release for 2015 Bethel Gardening Fair

13th Annual Bethel Garden Fair, Sunday, June 28, 12:30 to 5:00 pm

Save the date for the 13th Annual Bethel Garden Fair on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 12:30 to 5:00 pm.

To commemorate the International Year of Soils, our theme this year is Common Ground for the Common Good.   Franklin D. Roosevelt said  “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself”.    That is as true today as it was in the time of the Dust Bowl.  Please join us as we celebrate our connection to the soil. 

SoilrakeThere will be something for everyone:

Free Admission.

Sponsored by the University of Connecticut Fairfield County Master Gardener Program and the Connecticut Master Gardener Association.

A Good Time Was Had By All

The fair, held on Sunday, July 13, was very successful and attended by approximately 200 people. Luckily the forecast rain did not happen.Booth 2

The theme of the fair this year was “Gardening with Nature” and information booths covered a variety of topics including beekeeping, wildflowers, annual/container gardening, composting, vegetables, lawn care, ferns and succulents, low-toxic gardening approaches, and invasives.  The Master Gardener booth helped with questions such as plant and pest identification.

Seventy seven master gardeners helped with the fair donating their time, skills and plants.   Efforts ranged from setting up and manning booths, to giving the walks and presentations, to helping with promotional activities. The photographs on the website were taken by MG Kelly Vaughan.

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Plant Raffle Donors

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We would like to recognize the following businesses that donated plants and other items to the 2014 Bethel Garden Fair raffle.   Thank you for you generosity.

Agriventures – AGWAY
493 Danbury Road
New Milford, CT 06776

Aspetuck Gardens
182 New Milford Tpke.
Marbledale, CT 06777

Benedict’s Home & Garden
480 Purdy Hill Road
Monroe, CT 06468

523 Pepper Street
Monroe, CT 06468

Claire’s Garden Center
210 Haviland Hollow Road
Patterson, NY 12583

Earth Tones Native Plant Nursery
212 Grassy Hill Road
Woodbury, CT 06798

Fieldstone Nursery
48 Merryall Road
New Milford, CT 06776

Gertrude Jekyll Garden Glebe House
3149 Hollow Road
Woodbury, CT 06798

Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens
65 Adams Road
Easton CT 06612

Hollandia Nurseries
103 Old Hawleyville Road
Bethel, CT 06801

Home and Garden Design Solutions
184 Judd Rd.
Easton, CT 06612

Planter’s Choice
140 Huntingtown Rd.
Newtown, CT 06470

Redding Nursery
73 Hill Road
West Redding, CT 06877

Shakespeare’s Garden
25 Obtuse Road
Brookfield, CT 06804

Twombly Nursery
163 Barn Hill Road
Monroe, CT 06468-2029

Demonstration Vegetable and Fruit Gardens Walk

The walk will provide an overview of the garden and will highlight the various planting methods used, overall strategies and what’s left to be completed.  There will be opportunities to ask questions about vegetable and fruit gardening.  Multiple Master Gardeners will take groups through the garden.

The Fairfield County Demonstration Gardens (FCDG) were started in 2013 to serve as an educational tool, and a showcase for vegetable, fruit, and herb plantings, to generate interest in potential gardeners and to support and educate existing gardeners. The FCDG supports the community with information on growing options, sustainable garden techniques and horticultural practices provided by UCONN Master Gardeners and as defined by the Master Gardener Program.  Garden harvests benefit local community pantries.

12th Annual Bethel Gardening Fair Announcement

12th Annual Bethel Gardening Fair, Sunday, July 13, 2014, 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.

 Bethel, CT – The University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program of Fairfield County and the Connecticut Master Gardener Association will sponsor their 13th Annual Gardening Fair on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  The theme this year is Gardening in Harmony with Nature.

This free event requires no pre-registration and offers the public an opportunity to learn about sustainable gardening activities and practices. There will be presentations on designing with native plants, vegetable gardening, butterflies and pollinators and a pruning how-to. Information booths cover a variety of topics including beekeeping, wildflowers, annual/container gardening, composting, soil, vegetables, turf care, ferns, low-toxic gardening approaches as well as invasive plants and insects. There are also walks on the grounds that will showcase trees, perennials, wildflowers/native plants and the vegetable garden.

“Visitors are encouraged to bring a soil sample as we are offering free soil pH testing”, says Julia Cencebaugh Kloth, Fairfield County Master Gardener Coordinator. Consult the website or contact the MG office at 203-207-3262 on how to properly prepare your soil sample for testing during the fair.

Free refreshments, demonstrations, a free plant raffle, the sale of gently used gardening books and other garden related activities are planned for those who attend this eagerly awaited annual gardening event.

The Fair will be held on the grounds of the Fairfield County Extension Center at 67 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, CT 06810. Call the Master Gardener office with questions at (203) 207-3262.  Additional information and updates will be available at this website.