A major source of gardening inspiration is only a few days away. Michigan State University Extension’s 14th annual Let’s Get Growing garden show takes place Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Alpena Mall and always serves as a seasonal highlight for those who appreciate gardening.
“After 14 years, the Let’s Get Growing garden show has become a spring staple in Alpena,” said MSU Extension representative Mary Dunckel. “After a long winter, both experienced and novice gardeners get excited about getting their hands in soil, watching the grass green-up and the buds break into flowers.”
Nearly all local garden related businesses and organizations will be under one roof at the Alpena Mall for the show. On average, the event attracts approximately 800 people or more each year.
“The show provides the perfect opportunity to get answers to any garden related questions, to get landscaping ideas and to purchase something special for Mother’s Day,” Dunckel said.
The mall is expected to be filled with at least 20 vendors, plus a bake sale by the Remembering Our Children group. Both the Alpena Farmer’s Market and the Alpena Garden Club will have a strong presence. Those attending will get an opportunity to check out large and small garden equipment as well.
As sponsors of the event, MSU Extension also will offer helpful information.
“The MSU Extension display will feature our Smart Gardening material which offers practical and affordable tips for the garden and landscape,” Dunckel said. “Dr. Sarah Rautio, an Extension horticulture educator, will be on hand to answer gardening questions and to share her Smart Gardening tips to deter deer from gardens.”
Even with the Northeast Michigan weather having started to warm up, some spring flowers blooming and yards greening up, it remains too early for planting though there still are plenty of gardening-related tasks to tackle. Dunckel said that according to the Michigan State Climatologist Office, in Alpena the percent probability of a temperature of 32 degrees or lower drops from 75 percent on May 22 to 50 percent on May 31 and 25 percent on June 9.
“Now is the perfect time to prepare the garden for planting and to scour gardening catalogues and nurseries for ideas,” she said.
She also highly recommends attending Saturday’s Let’s Get Growing event for plenty of inspiration.
Diane Speer can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 358-5691. Follow Diane on Twitter ds_alpenanews.