“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” — Audrey Hepburn

The Garden Show, presented by The Collin County Master Gardeners Association (CCMGA), is an annualexhibition of horticulture held at beautiful Myers Park and Event Center in McKinney, Texas. There is no better place tobe inspired and learn more about North Texas gardening and Earth-Kind® gardening principles from some of the state’stop horticulture experts. The Garden Show will take place on March 19 & 20. The event is indoors, so come rain or shine!

The fun-filled, two day event features vetted vendors offering garden wares ranging from the whimsical to the practical,and engaging educational programs for adults and children. Collin County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answerquestions and offer ideas for successful gardening experiences. Demonstrations will run throughout the show on a varietyof gardening topics that include vegetable gardening, herbs, container gardening, rainwater harvesting, and more.

The Garden Show is pleased to feature two outstanding keynote speakers for the 6th annual event.Saturday will feature author Chris Wiesinger, The Southern Bulb Hunter. Noted horticulturalist and publisher Neil Sperrywill close the show on Sunday presenting A Year Filled with Color: Getting the Most from your Annuals and Perennials.Additionally, you won’t want to miss entertaining and informative presentations offered throughout the weekend by theCollin County Hobby Beekeepers; Steve Huddleston, senior horticulturalist at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens;viticulturist Justin Scheiner; rose expert Claude Graves; and Collin County Master Gardeners.

The CCMGA research and demonstration gardens at Myers Park are acknowledged to be among the best in the world, andattendees will have an opportunity to tour them. The International Award Winning Earth-Kind® Perennial Research andDemonstration Gardens will be featured along with the Earth-Kind® Potager and Vegetable, Vineyard, and Crape Myrtlegardens…creative spaces filled with inspiration. It’s a great place to learn about the best plants for our area and learn howto incorporate them into their own gardens.

Admittedly, gardening in North Texas doesn’t come without its challenges. Our unpredictable weather and undesirablesoil can cause even the most seasoned gardeners to throw up their hands in despair. Yet, Collin County’s unique settingmore than makes up for these challenges. Long summer days are well worth the short winter ones, and our climate createsnearly year-round gardening opportunities. Incorporating research-based gardening principals is the solution toovercoming these obstacles and enjoying successful gardening experiences.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Collin County Master Gardeners are working to determine whichperennials and other types of plants will survive North Texas difficult soils and climate extremes without the use offertilizer, pesticides, and excessive irrigation. Spring finds the demonstration beds coming alive with new growth andcolor, giving residents a first-hand look at what will grow well in North Texas.

All proceeds of the event will benefit the Assistance League ofGreater Collin County. Visit ccmgatx.org/TheGardenShow, or call 972-548-4232 for up to date information.

Collin County Master Gardeners Association

The CCMGAis an educational service organization of volunteers who are trained inhorticulture, landscaping, soil improvement, water conservation, and many other topics important to Collin Countygardeners, residents, and businesses. The CCMGA volunteer program is administered by the Texas A&M AgriLifeExtension Service, through the Horticulture Agent in Collin County and the Texas A&M University System.

THE GARDEN SHOW

When:

  • Saturday March 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where:Myers Park and Event Center,7117 County Road 166, McKinney, TX 75071

Cost:Entrance is a donation of $2 per person – cash only. Parking is free.