Master gardeners convene for Dig Fest

Master gardeners convene for Dig Fest

The movers and shakers in the Jefferson County Master Gardener group have a great surprise for you if you come out this weekend, Saturday, October 13 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. to Jack Brooks Regional Airport. Excitement awaits at the Master Gardener Test Garden in front of the Jerry Ware hangar. The pros will be there with demonstrations and information for your garden. Admission is free. Parking is free.

One of the event organizers, Marianne Kirkpatrick adds that “Lectures will be offered by local experts in: soil sampling, turf and weed problems, Earth-Kind plants, container gardens, Texas natives and super stars, raised bed gardens, composting and propagation.” Limited quantities of free plants will be given away too. The Master Gardeners suggest that you bring your lawn chair for your comfort. 

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Jefferson County Master Gardeners Association sponsor this event. Marianne says that she is joined in this volunteer effort by Dorothy Norris, the outstanding Jefferson County Agent, David Oates, Joyce Logan, Carolyn Barras and Brenda Beadle. Jeanene Ebeling and Eileen Slater have helped in publicizing the event. Just wanted to mention that the longtime “fixture” of the Texas Agri-Life, Peggy Coleman, decided to retire after many years doing a wonderful job as secretary-plus at the Extension Service. Jennifer Coleman replaces her. Good luck Jennifer and have fun Peggy!

Marianne says that this year the Dig Fest has taken the place of the usual Fall Plant Sale. The gardening volunteers wanted to take a break and use this time to bring the Test Garden back to its full glory and offer something new to the community. “Volunteers will be on hand to answer gardening questions. In addition three vendors will be there. David Kool from Mid-County will be there with seeds to sell. The Cutting Edge will be there to sharpen your garden tools for a small fee. Be sure to get their card because the shop will be able to even sharpen your scissors back at their official shop. Like bees? A vendor will be there to answer questions about how bees help our world and gardens. He will be selling bee housing and bee boxes.” 

While you are there you may want to talk with one of the Master Gardeners about the fun class they took to have this distinction. Classes are offered a couple of times a year at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agency at 1225 Pearl St., Suite 200, downtown Beaumont. Call Jennifer at (409) 835-8461 to sign up. Hope to see you at Dig Fest!