Rain or Shine

The fair is on – rain or shine!   The information booths are under cover in the barn,  a wonderful selection of gardening books is in the shed, the presentations are in the education building and tents will shelter the rest!   Do bring an umbrella to walk from venue to venue.

rain or shine

Exciting Demonstrations

The focus this year is on hands-on demonstrations!  Don’t miss these….
Beneficials in the Vegetable Garden :  Garden Not all bugs are bad! Come join us for a 30 minute presentation about the GOOD bugs in your yard and learn how they help you and your plants. This presentation will be “kid friendly,” but adults will enjoy learning facts about helpful critters as well. Presented by Master Gardener Bob Stampp, who was a public school teacher for 41 years.
Building and Using A Coldframe:  Lou Menendez will demonstrate how cold frames create microclimates that provide several degrees of air and soil temperature insulation, and shelter from wind. In our region, these characteristics allow plants to be started earlier in the spring, and to survive longer into the fall and winter.
Compost Tea:  Karlyn Sturmer, Master Gardener and Master Composter, will demonstrate how to put together a simple set-up to make compost tea, using well-finished compost  or vermicompost.  The finished product, which takes only 2 days to brew, is a concentrated liquid full of beneficial microorganisms and nutrients that can be used as a foliar spray or a soil drench.  Compost tea keeps plants healthier and helps them fight off potential diseases.
 Demonstration Garden:  An overview of the demonstration garden that  highlights the various planting methods used and overall strategies.  There will be opportunities to ask questions about vegetable and fruit gardening.  Multiple Master Gardeners will take groups through the garden.
Hot Composting:   Karlyn Sturmer, Master Gardener and Master Composter, will show you how to identify carbon (brown) vs. nitrogen (green) materials and how to mix them in the right ratio and with the right amount of moisture to create temperatures reaching 150 degrees.  By learning about building a hot compost pile, you will also understand how to make your own cold compost pile (the method most of us use at home) break down a little more efficiently and quickly with just a small amount of effort.
Self Watering Container Gardening:  Marsha Scherr will demonstrate and discuss self watering containers for veggies and/or flowers.

Schedule of Events

This is the schedule for presentations, demonstrations, and walks.

Time Activity Title Location
1:00 PM Demonstration Compost Tea Compost Booth
1:00 PM Demonstration Demo Garden Tour and Tips Demonstration Garden
1:00 PM Presentation Garden Bugs and Other Thugs White Building
1:00 PM Walk Tree Walk Pines
1:30 PM Demonstration Beneficials in the Vegetable Garden Demonstration Garden
1:30 PM Demonstration Hot Composting Demonstration Garden
2:00 PM Demonstration Demo Garden Tour and Tips Demonstration Garden
2:00 PM Presentation Herb Gardening De-Mystified White Building
2:00 PM Walk Perennial Walk Pines
2:30 PM Demonstration Beneficials in the Vegetable Garden Demonstration Garden
2:30 PM Demonstration Building and Using A Coldframe Demonstration Garden
3:00 PM Demonstration Demo Garden Tour and Tips Demonstration Garden
3:00 PM Demonstration Hot Composting Demonstration Garden
3:00 PM Walk Native / Wildflower Walk Pines
3:00 PM Presentation Pruning How-To White Building
3:30 PM Demonstration Beneficials in the Vegetable Garden Demonstration Garden
3:30 PM Demonstration Self Watering Container Gardening Demonstration Garden
4:00 PM Demonstration Butterfly Release Barn
4:30 PM Demonstration Demo Garden Tour and Tips Demonstration Garden

More information on the 2015 Fair & Press Release

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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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.