Gardening demonstrations a big part of Kiwanis show

ESCANABA — A big part of the Escanaba Kiwanis Club Home and Garden Show are demonstrations and workshops by Michigan State University Master Gardeners. The Home and Garden Show continues today and concludes on Sunday. There are a wide variety of gardening programs planned. They include:

Saturday, April 13, 2024

9 – 9:45 a.m. Growing vegetables in small spaces – Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator – even if you have limited space, you can successfully grow vegetables; workshop will include demonstrations of small space gardens which will be provided as door prizes.

10:15 – 11 a.m. Soil Block demonstration-Amanda Ward-MSU Extension Master Gardener Trainee, learn how to create your own soil blocks for starting seeds and decrease plastic use.

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Larvinia – Children’s puppet show– Jackie Manchester- MSU Extension Advanced Master Gardener, join Jackie for a delightful children or family-friendly puppet show, about a special caterpillar’s lifecycle.

2:00 – 3 p.m. The Marvelous Honeybee – Bernie Driggs, Beekeeper for over 40 years, 2019 Beekeeper of the Year Award for Michigan Beekeeper’s Association, learn more about honeybees and what’s involved in keeping honeybees.

3:15 – 4 p.m. Transforming What You Have into What You Want: My solution to a difficult landscaping challenge – Jackie Manchester, MSU Extension Advanced Master Gardener, learn smart concepts of the right plant, right place and the importance of soil testing, and the environment for garden success.

Sunday, April 14

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Plant a Square Foot Herb Garden – Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator – Learn how to create a convenient herb garden for your deck. This completed garden will then be provided as a door prize for those attending.

11:30 – 12:15 p.m. Food Budgeting and Meal Planning, Amber Hayward, MSU Extension Community Nutrition Instructor – You really can eat healthy and save money on your food budget. It just takes a little time in the beginning to plan, and before you know it, your household is eating healthier, there are less doctor visits, and you are saving money.

A pancake meal has also been a big part of the show. Volunteers with the Kiwanis Club will be cooking up pancakes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A large number of vendors will also have booths at the event.

Saturday becomes “Family Night” from 4 to 7 p.m., offering karaoke for kids, dancing, and complimentary snacks for children 12 and under.

Home and Garden Show hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.


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