Arkansas Flower and Garden Show {Ticket Giveaway}

Being a member of Arkansas Women Bloggers has advantages.  A group of us was provided a remarkable dinner, entertainment, and education regarding the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, so we could share the event details with you.  We were also given free tickets to the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show to enjoy for ourselves and more to giveaway to our readers!  All opinions regarding the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show and vendors are my own.

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As I stood in the foyer admiring the beautiful art and people surrounding me, I began to think.  When did my love affair with gardening and plants begin? Could I pinpoint the spark that ignited the burning desire to work the soil and produce food? As a matter of fact, I could…

I was wearing the shortest shorts my mother would allow, a green cotton tank top, and brown leather flip-flops.  My shoulder-length hair was styled perfectly when I arrived, but I quickly borrowed a rubber band from the latest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette to secure it into a high pony tail.  I was not prepared for the July mid-day heat under my grandparent’s hundred year old oak tree.

A month earlier, my Oma had undergone quadruple bypass surgery.  She was a tough ‘ole broad, and recovered quickly, but was still under the lifting restrictions imposed by her cardiovascular surgeon.  I, being the only granddaughter in college and without a job, was given the task of cleaning their house twice per week.  I didn’t mind, they lived in a small farm house that could be tidied up in 30 minutes, but this particular day my Opa asked me to help him with their produce stand for the afternoon.

They had a huge garden.  It was large enough to provide for the entire family, neighbors, and also fill a roadside produce stand.  I knew they worked hard, but I didn’t realize HOW hard.  My grandparent’s were in their 80s and were living comfortably on their retirement pensions, they didn’t rely on the food they grew.  They gardened for their pure enjoyment.

I am just like them.  l now live on a 125 acre hobby farm.  We have a huge garden each year and are planting an orchard in March.  You may think we have everything planned out perfectly and every question answered, but we don’t.  I have a degree in Biology with an emphasis in Botany, but my husband and I are planning a trip to the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show.  All of the experts in the state will be brought together under one roof and at our disposal.  The Arkansas Flower and Garden Show will provide talks ranging from native plants, backyard poultry, urban farming, and butterflies to composting, terrariums, and container gardens.

The Arkansas Flower and Garden Showis a non-profit organization that not only  promotes gardening and the beautification of Arkansas,  but also supports college scholarships in horticulure-related fields!  By simply attending the show, you will be providing funds to provide scholarships to Arkansas students and fund the “Greening of Arkansas” grant program.

The event is Febuary 21-23 at the State House Convention Center from 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday and 10m-4pm Sunday.  Tickets are sold at the door and online: Adults: $8, Seniors (60+) $6, 3-day pass $12, Children 16 & under are FREE.

Would you like to win a pair of tickets?  Visit the Show Events Schedule and then post a comment on this post telling us which topic/speaker you looking forward to the most!  The contest will run from now until February 13 at Midnight Central Time.  I will select a random winner on Friday, February 14th and notify the winner that day.

Be sure to follow the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube!

And don’t worry, I will be posting about the Bloggers in Bloom event next week and sharing some practical things I learned!  Here is a teaser pic of the food just to get your mouth watering:

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Special thanks to the local businesses that provided swag for all the bloggers:
Colonial Wine and Sprits
Chris Olsen and Botanica Gardens
The Good Earth Garden Center
River Valley Horticultural Products
Horticare Companies
Antique Brick and Outdoors
Tammy Sue’s Critters

Comments

  1. I attended last year and LOVED it!! See what I saw last year –> http://whatamberloves.com/2013/02/05/arkansas-flower-garden-show-2013/

  2. I’m most looking forward to sitting in on Cole Burrell’s “Finishing Touches: The Impact of Details in Garden Design”. (This is a duplicate comment. Could not determine if the first was posted.)

  3. Please provide a link to enter for the ticket giveaway.

  4. Just saw this always enjoy Janet Carson

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