Pocahontas to hold Garden Extravaganza

POCAHONTAS – Blooming plants, shrubs, garden displays, water features will be on display at the seventh annual Pocahontas Garden Extravaganza.

The show will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pocahontas Expo Center, hosted by the Pocahontas County Master Gardeners and the Iowa State University Extension Service.

Admission is $3 per person, and kids are admitted free. Door prizes donated by the exhibitors will be given from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

There will be eight area greenhouses and flower shops with displays, three garden supply and decor shops, two pottery vendors, the local Chamber of Commerce and four educational displays.

The Garden Extravaganza traditionally draws more than 400 people.

Two educational presentations will be held next door at the Fair Office.

At 9:15 a.m., Kyle Scheidigger, Pocahontas County Conservation, will talk about pruning trees and shrubs, and at 10:30 a.m. will be “Waterwise Wowers: Drought-tolerant Perennials for the Midwest” presented by Denny Schrock, Ph.D., ISU Master Gardener coordinator.

The Pocahontas County Extension Service will offer free educational materials, and Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions. There is an active group of 30 Master Gardeners in the county who have planned the garden show and participated in the Pocahontas Beautification project.

The Beautification project includes 120 planters that line the main street and business fronts in Pocahontas. Grant money, fundraisers and many hours of work by the Master Gardeners and the Garden Club started the project

The Pocahontas County Conservation Service will also offer educational materials as well as a fun activity for kids of all ages. Participants will be able to make a free take-home craft.