LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Flower and Garden Show isn’t just the state’s largest show of its kind in, it’s also a one-of-a-kind gathering where the curious can learn all things horticulture, healthy foods and backyard science. The show, themed “Imagine the Possibilities,” runs Friday through Sunday, March 2-4, at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds at Little Rock. The Division of Agriculture will have its Cooperative Extension Service faculty, staff and volunteers from the Master Gardener and Extension Homemaker’s Clubs on hand in the Hall of Industry during the three days of the show to answer questions. “The show is at its heart an educational event,” said Vic Ford, interim director-Agricultural and Natural Resources-Extension for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “It’s a great one-stop shop to learn more about your passions, whether it’s gardening, beekeeping, backyard chickens or wildlife.” The Division of Agriculture section includes: • Growing edible mushrooms – Vic Ford. • Healthy cooking with Arkansas produce – Extension’s Leigh Ann Bullington, Keith Cleek and others will be preparing Sautéed Arkansas Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts and Arkansas Grown Fruit Smoothies. • Forestry – Jon Barry, assistant professor and extension forester. • Gardening – Janet Carson, extension horticulture specialist. • 4-H and Youth activities, including a make-a-smoothie-with-a-bicycle demonstration – 4H faculty and staff. • Beekeeping – Jon Zawislak, extension bee specialist. • The Bug Zoo – Carolyn Lewis, entomology research associate. • Poultry expo – Dustan Clark, extension poultry veterinarian and Sharidi Barber, extension youth poultry. The 2018 show is sponsored by Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation, Central Arkansas Water, Steve and Merilyn Tilley, Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, Grand Designs, River Valley Horticultural Products, Inc.; Roseberry Landscape Services; the Ozark Folk Center; Better Lawns & Gardens; Antique Brick Outdoors and Arkansas Outdoor Concepts. The Arkansas Flower and Garden Show is an educational presentation of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, its Master Gardener program, Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation, the Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs and the Arkansas Florists Association. The show is a 501(c)3 organization that has distributed more than $111,000 in grants for horticultural projects and education around Arkansas. Tickets to the show are $10 for adults. Children 12 and under get in free. Details: https://argardenshow.org /. The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without discrimination. — Mary Hightower is director of Communication Services at the U of A System Division of Agriculture.
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