Light Rain


Manhattan garden show brings new exhibitors

Free event will feature seminars, prizes

By Gregg Eyestone

My experiment with keeping the rain barrel out all winter has worked so far. This week will be a good test. During the warm spells, I fill my watering cans and store them in the house.

There has been ample precipitation to water the indoor plants and my seedlings.

The rain barrel I’m using I got from last year’s Manhattan Area Garden Show. This year’s show is Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 at Pottorf Hall in CiCo Park,1710 Avery Ave., where the show is annually held.

Many of the familiar vendors will be there. There are some fun interactive booths to take part in. Several booths will have spring-like plants to brighten up our winter outlook.

The community gardens will have a booth if you are looking for a great garden site. You can get your own rain barrel or two as well.

Admission is free and there are hourly seminars. You will want to sign up for one of the free door prizes that the vendors have donated. Bidding for silent auction items will take place in the Kansas State University Gardens booth.

There are three new commercial vendors to the show. They join our other first-timers, which include the county parks, Manhattan Parks and Recreation and household hazardous waste. New and longtime residents will want to get familiar with these booths.

Riley County and K-State Research and Extension have several booths with information for families. Park Quest is a program that gets families to explore the area parks and their amenities.

Also, 4-H is a youth development program with areas of interest including plant science. The Master Gardeners will have a large display on growing and fertilizing plants here in Riley County as well.

I hope you plan to visit all of the vendors at this year’s garden show and see a taste of spring here in February.

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