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Garden Fair at Santa Fe County Extension facility April 25

SANTA FE Spring is here and it's time to get back to gardening. To help answer questions, introduce beginners to gardening and provide an opportunity for families to discover the ageless hobby, the Santa Fe Master Gardeners are holding the fifth annual Garden Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, at the county extension facility at 3229 Rodeo Road, next to the Santa Fe Rodeo grounds.

"There is something for everyone at the Garden Fair. This has become an event that people really enjoy." said Patrick Torres, New Mexico State University's Santa Fe County Extension agricultural agent. The event is sponsored by Santa Fe Master Gardener Association and Santa Fe Greenhouses.

People can have their gardening questions answered at the Ask a Master Gardener table. There will be demonstrations by Master Gardeners in storing and preserving herbs, making hypertufa troughts, and compost, and demonstrations in backyard vegetable gardening.

Free lectures will be given on heirloom tomatoes by Bob Pennington, Aqua Fria Nurseries; container gardening by Michael Clark, Tropic Capricorn; planting for pollinators and beneficial insects by David Salman, Santa Fe Greenhouses; save on vegetables by growing your own by Jeff Clark, Santa Fe Greenhouses; rose gardening by Jack Ortega, rosarian; perma-culture ideas for home water harvesting by Ben Haggard, Regenessis Group; tree care made easy by Joren Viers, NMSU Extension horticulture agent; and Medicinal use of native plants by Mark Wood, native plant specialist.

Children may participate in gardening activities to learn that playing in the dirt is fun.

Don't forget to stop by the information booth for a free garden resource guide. And be sure to check out the latest in gardening supplies in the garden shed and pick up some new plants for the garden at the plant sale.

For more information, visit the master gardeners' association website at www.sfmga.org.