Home gardening fest set for Oct. 16 and 17

Home gardening fest set for Oct. 16 and 17

The Southeast's most popular home gardening event will open to home gardeners and horticultural professionals Oct. 16 and 17 at the Mississippi State University Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs.


Each year, the Fall Flower & Garden Fest draws an average of 5,000 visitors interested in learning about all aspects of vegetable, flower and herb gardening.

Experts from the MSU Extension Service, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Master Gardeners and other groups will deliver 17 educational garden seminars each day and give one-on-one advice on the latest gardening techniques and plant recommendations.

Admission and on-site parking are free. The event opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 2 p.m. both days. Vendors will offer food and drinks.

MSU specialists will give informational walking tours of the gardens throughout the event on topics specific to flowers, vegetables, landscape plants, diseases and insects. Among other topics are composting, beekeeping, new turf plots, pond management, specialty crops and backyard wildlife habitats. Wagon tours of the 175-acre research site also will be offered.

A 3-acre garden will display more than 70 vegetable and flower varieties that are All-America Selections winners, a prestigious national horticultural award. The All-America Selections logo will be displayed on the winning plants' variety signs.

More than 60 vendors will offer many kinds of plants, yard art and garden tools for sale. Attendees can ask gardening questions, get soil tested, and have plants, insects or disease samples identified at the Plant Doctor Table under the main tent.

A new app is available for mobile devices and provides a complete schedule of events. To download it, visit

For more information, visit, contact the local county Extension office, or call Rick Snyder at 601-892-3731.

Like the fest's new Facebook page at and follow it on Twitter @MSUFallFest.

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