Spring Garden Fair Combines Popular Events to Kick Off Growing Season | Region

WICHITA — As spring weather returns to the area, Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners — in partnership with area garden clubs — want to help the community make the most of a new gardening season. Together they will host the first-ever Spring Garden Fair, May 5-7, at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center (7001 W. 21st Street North, Wichita, KS 67205, at the intersection of 21st and Ridge Road) in the 4-H Lobby. This event will combine both the sale of tools and treasures and the sale of plants, as well as other community activities, into one busy garden fair. Event programming includes:

Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6 (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

  • TOOLS & TREASURES AND SALE OF PLANTS Gardening enthusiasts and bargain shoppers will find a wide variety of new and gently used gardening tools, garden art, landscape decor, perennials, houseplants and more. No matter what attendees are looking for – planters, birdhouses, rain barrels, wheelbarrows, lawn mowers, trellises, compost bins, gardening tools or more – there is sure to be something for everyone.
  • CHARITY AUCTION – An online auction will be held in support of Sedgwick County Extension Office’s educational outreach programs. The auction will include a beautiful stained glass garden bench, handmade quilts, unique artwork, a fireplace and other garden themed items. A full list of auction items will be available one week prior to the event. Submissions will be accepted in person and online. Visit sedgwick.ksu.edu/news for a link to the online auction.

Saturday, May 7 (7 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

  • ZONE GARDEN CLUBS – Nine garden clubs from the region will be present with plant sales and information on club activities. The Herb Society of South Central Kansas will also be on hand to provide breakfast and brunch food items. Other clubs in attendance: Wichita African Violet Study Club, Wichita Bonsai Club, Wichita Daffodil Society, Wichita Hosta Society, Wichita Area Iris Club, Wichita Rose Society, Air Capital Daylily Society, and Kansas Pond Society .
  • COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES – Gardening activities for young people will be included. Free gifts include compost samples and a free cherry tomato plant for the first 500 families. A telephone support stand will also be available to answer gardening questions.
  • TOOLS & TREASURES AND SALE OF PLANTS – continues from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • CHARITY AUCTION – continues from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Offers will be accepted until 1 p.m.

The Garden Fair provides an opportunity to pick up bargains, support local garden clubs, benefit from Master Gardener’s community outreach programs, and learn more about gardening, all at the same time. Admission to the event is free. Purchases can be made in cash or by check.

For more information, contact Matthew McKernan at 316-660-0140 or mckernan@ksu.edu.