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PlantFest 2016: A Community Garden Fair

Plantfest, the annual fall plant sale and community fair hosted by the Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners Association will be held on Saturday, September 24 from 8 am -1 pm, at the Master Gardener Demo Beds on Coliseum St next to Blackham Coliseum. There will be speakers every half hour beginning at 9 am, cooking demonstrations at 9 am, 11 am and 12 pm and a Seed Swap for the community from 9 am – 12 pm. Children’s activities include making a garden hat, a rain gauge, plant designs on fabric and Nature Windows. An Ask-A-Master Gardener representative will be on site to assist with plant questions. Admission and parking for the Plant Sale and Community Fair are free. For more information go to http://www.lpmga.org/. Horticultural Speakers 9:00 Attracting Butterflies and Birds to your Garden- Dan Weintritt, All Season’s Nursery 9:30 Edible Landscaping- Marcus Descant 10:00 Planting the Master Gardeners’ Vegetable Garden-Kathy Troyanowski 10:30 Air Layering- Dan Devenport, LSU AgCenter 11:00 Bee Keeping- Keith Guidroz, President, Acadiana BeeKeeping Association 11:30 Recycling- Greg Guidroz, Bayou Vermilion District 12:00 Why Natives? -Bill Fontenot 9:00-12:30 Self-Guided Tour of Demonstration Beds Cooking Demonstrations (Master Gardener Demonstration Bed Pergola) 9:00 Preserving your Fall Harvest- Tiffany Williams, LSU AgCenter 11:00 Revising Recipes for Healthy Eating- Celeste Hay, Lafayette Parish School Board 12:00 Student Garden Initiative Cooking Demonstration with Mindy Prados, Chief at Joey’s and students from L. Leo Judice School Fall Seed Swap for Master Gardeners and the Community 9:00 – 12:00 Children’s Garden Zone Activities (Children’s Tent) 9:00 - 9:30 Making Garden Hats 9:45 -10:15 Homemade rain gauges 10:30 -11:00 Plant Pounding Prints 11:15-12:00 Nature Windows