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.

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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.