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Santa Fe County Master Gardeners to host 10th annual garden fair

SANTA FE ? For 10 years gardeners in Santa Fe have celebrated the coming of spring at the Spring Garden Fair, hosted by the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardeners.

This year?s free garden fair will be Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds, 3229 Rodeo Road.

Known for its ?Best Plant Sale in Santa Fe,? the fair also features the ?Ask A Master Gardener? station to answer any gardening questions.

?This year?s plant sale will offer a great selection of hardy perennials, herbs, grasses, vegetables and shrubs,? said Bob Zimmerman, Santa Fe County Master Gardener.

All sales begin at 10 a.m. Buyers are encouraged to bring boxes to carry their plants home. There will be a plant holding area where buyers may store purchased plants while attending other events at the fair.

?We invite people to come listen to our speakers as they share their expertise on a variety of gardening topics, watch expert demonstrations of fun and educational gardening projects and visit with vendors to learn more about their products and services,? Zimmerman said.

The speakers will include Tracy Neal, Michael Melendrez and Bob Ross.

Horticulturist, landscape designer and certified arborist Neal will guide participants toward optimal choices as he presents information on plant selection for climate change.

Co-founder and a principal owner of Soil Secrets LLC in Los Lunas, Melendrez will help raise awareness as he provides insight on unraveling the secret of building a healthy soil.

Landscape architect, garden consultant and host of the weekly radio show ?Gardens, Food and Santa Fe,? and owner of Gardens in the Santa Fe Farmers Market Building, Ross will share timely tips and exciting ideas about ?Beautiful, Bountiful and Easy Container Gardening.?

Other activities include the Garden Shop where new and gently used gardening supplies are offered for sale, tool sharpening will be available, and Doug Poushard, founder of Harvest H2O.com will give a highly informative demonstration on how to build a rain barrel.

Activities for children will be held at the Junior Gardener Corner, including a special garden quest that guides them to fair exhibits about honeybees, compost and soil, worms, bugs, seeds, flowers, herbs and much more.

For more information, visit sfmga.org or call 505-471-6251.