Spring Forward Fest
The Spring Forward Fest will be a celebration of gardening and gardening ideas on April 21 at the Museum Center at Five Points.
Provided by the Bradley County Master Gardeners, the festival is going to be fun with lots of gardening ideas, arts, crafts, door prizes and information, according to Jerry Eppinga and Phyllis Tilden, fest co-chair. “And it’s free.”
“It is going to be all garden and nature-related” activities, according to Eppinga.
“We are trying to celebrate the whole notion of gardening and home gardeners,” Tilden noted.
The purpose of Master Gardeners “is to educate the public,” noted Eppinga. Master gardeners are “trained and certified volunteers who provide community service through the UT Extension office.”
Set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Spring Forward Fest will offer seminars as well as the arts, crafts, food and a yard sale.
There will be an area for children. Called Kinder Garden, the area for ages 4 to 7 will provide science, art, books and puzzles. Master Gardener Deb Flowers, who is a retired kindergartener teacher, will instruct the youngsters on different things. One is about butterflies.
In the Culture Center classroom will be the following seminars: 10:15 a.m. with Planning Your Vegetable Garden; 11 a.m., Seed’em & Reap; 11:45 a.m., Organic Gardening; 1 p.m. Kitchen Composting DIY; 1:45 p.m., Building a Raised Bed; and 2:30 p.m. Gardening for Pollinators, Bee City USA.
Seminars planned for the Conference Room classroom include 10:15 p.m. Native Plants of Our Area; 11 a.m. The Right soils — Roses, Law and Garden; 11:45 a.m., Pots! Soil! Action!; 1 p.m. Starting an Herb Garden; 1:45 a.m., Gardens of Ireland; 2:30 p.m. Choosing the Right Plants; and 3:15 p.m. Intro to Bradley County Master Gardeners.
Among the vendor booths planned for the day is an Ask A Master Gardener, where people can learn about the program, and ask yard and garden questions.
“No one can know everything,” Tilden said. “But as a group collectively, there is someone who can help with gardening problems.”
Other booths include Bradley County Master Gardeners Crafts; Beaty Fertilizer; Bees on a Bicycle; Big Sycamore Farm; Blue Indian Kombucha; Bradley Central High School FFA Greenhouse; Clay Thurston, wildlife photographer; Everything Gourds, Finds for a Fabulous You; GDaddy’s BBQ; Groundscape Concepts, Impressions by a Garden Artist; Rockers and Swings; Serendipity; Spring Creek Veggies, The Museum Center at 5ive Points; Wild Birds Unlimited, Chattanooga; Wild Ones, Tennessee Valley Chapter; Yard Critters; and a yard sale featuring yard and garden items.
Eppinga, who is also president of the BCMG, noted one of the “things I really like about being a master gardener is all the people I have met. It transcends age, sex, politics — it brings people together with a common cause.”
Tilden noted, “Everyone likes to dig in the dirt — grow something. You get to meet other people and through those people you learn about other things. It kind of grows on you. … It is a neighborhood.”
During the day, door prizes will be given out. Door prize donors are from Blue Indian Kombucha, BCHS FFA Greenhouse, BCMG, wildlife photographer Clay Thurston, Elder’s Ace Hardware, GDaddy’s BBQ, Groundscape Concepts, Impressions by the Garden artist, Life Care, Serendipity, Tennessee Aquarium, Wild Birds Unlimited, Chattanooga and Yard Critters.
Tilden and Eppinga noted the sponsor for the Spring Forward Fest are Seed Saver Level, Farmers’ Union Mutual Fire Insurance Co., Olin, Axis Roofing, Community Garden Level, Insurance Incorporated, Don Ledford, Aqua Center, AKKSLH certified Public Accountants, Award Realty, and Epperson’s Custom Jewelers.
BCMG is a 501(c) 3 under the auspices of the University of Tennessee Foundation.
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