The Annual Garden Festival will be held at Prairie Pedlar on Saturday, July 27, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, July 28, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The two-day gala will feature a variety of garden activities for the entire family.
Guest speakers include Barb Doyen, an accomplished cook, avid gardner and "genuine farmer's wife" from Newell. She is the author of five books including: The Farmer's Wife Guide To Growing A Great Garden and Eating From It, Too! and The Farmer's Wife Guide to Fabulous Fruits and Berries: Growing, Storing, Freezing, and Cooking Your Own. Barb is also a literary agent, representing many authors in the sales of their books to publishers. She will highlight topics of interest from her two recent books.
Don Swanson, President of the Omaha Rose Society and consulting rosarian of the American Rose Society will discuss rose varieties for Midwest gardens and basic rose care as we celebrate 2002, the Year of the Rose. Kathleen Ziemer, owner of ButterfliZ of Iowa, operates a cottage business in Des Moines that raises a variety of butterflies for wedding releases and other special occasions.
She will speak on "Power of the Wing - Butterflies in the Heartland." Kathleen will also entertain children out in the flower garden on Sunday afternoon, playing some butterfly games and catching butterflies for a release at the end of the day.
Gene Gage from Papa Geno's Herb Farm in rural Lancaster County, near Lincoln, NE is a commercial herb grower who has been in business for over 35 years. He will recommend plants that thrive in the weather extremes of the Midwest. His topic, "Herbs in the Landscape," emphasizes a non-traditional herb garden by interplanting herbs in perennial borders and annual flower beds. Local talent, Mary Reik, has been a floral designer for more than 25 years. Also a seasoned gardener, she will share the secret to beautiful floral displays as she discusses "Arranging Flowers From Your Backyard."
In addition Maypole Dancers will perform at 12, 1, 2, and 3 on Saturday, as well as 1, 2, and 3 on Sunday. Enjoy outdoor floral and herbal exhibits, and sort through and an array of Buck Roses that will be for sale. To celebrate the year of the Rose, we invite gardeners to enter a rose judging contest on Saturday. (Contact the Prairie Pedlar for entry rules and category details). Cash prizes will be awarded. Linger through more than 65 theme gardens, climb the Garden Mount for a spectacular sight, and visit Tyler's Garden Folly for a step back in time. View the flower harvest hanging in the lofty haymow of the restored bow-truss barn, and browse through the lower level gift shop to choose from an array of garden gifts and accessories. Explore vendor booths displaying useful garden products, merchandise, and outdoor folk art. Select unusual perennials, everlastings, and herb plants from the greenhouse. Enjoy homemade refreshments.
Admission is free. The Prairie Pedlar is located at 1609 - 270 the Street, six miles north of Odebolt. For more information, visit Prairie Pedlar's website: http://showcase.netins.net/web/ppgarden.
Lectures for Saturday:
* 11:15 a.m. - Barb Doyen - Growing A Great Garden and Eating it, Too!
* 12:15 p.m. - Don Swanson - Celebrating 2002 - The Year of the Rose
* 1:15 p.m. - Kathleen Ziemer - Power of the Wing - Butterflies in the Heartland
Lectures for Sunday:
* 1:15 p.m. - Gene Gage - Herbs in the Landscape
* 2:15 p.m. - Mary Reik - Arranging Flowers from your Own Backyard
* 3:15 p.m. - Barb Doyen - Growing a Great Garden and Eating it, too!
* 2:15 p.m. - Kathleen Ziemer will entertain children out in the flower garden with butterfly games that include catching butterflies for a release at the end of the day.