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Janet Laminack: Saturday’s 2012 Fall Garden Fest has plenty to offer

Do-it-yourself gardening is this year’s theme for the 2012 Fall Garden Fest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Denton Bible Church campus on the corner of Mingo Road and Nottingham Drive in Denton.

The Denton County Master Gardener Association, a volunteer organization of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, conducts this free educational event, and there will be something for everyone at the Fall Garden Fest.

Birds, bees, fall vegetable gardens, fire-wise landscaping, herbs, DIY garden design and water features, growing succulents and trees, propagation and rainwater harvesting are just some of the diverse subjects that will be covered in presentations, booths and demonstrations. The popular “Ask a Master Gardener” booth will answer local gardening questions, and visitors are invited to bring drawings and photos of their garden design or landscape challenges for review.

Lectures by master gardeners begin at 10 a.m., with Don Edwards sharing tips on composting and worm composting (vermiculture). At 11 a.m., Larry Legg will discuss fall vegetable gardening, and at noon, Holly Ross will talk about “herbs from garden to table.”

At 1 p.m., Suzie Cook will demonstrate propagation of roses. Self-guided tours of Shiloh Gardens, the church’s own community garden, will be available. Everyone is invited to participate in a seed exchange by simply bringing some of their favorite plants’ seeds, packaged and labeled, to swap for other varieties. Youngsters will enjoy a 4-H petting zoo, a bounce house and face painting.

There will be more than 40 booths offering educational information and shopping opportunities.

Food and refreshments will be served by the youth from Denton County 4-H clubs and live music will be performed by local bluegrass band Flashpoint.

For details, visit, call 940-394-2883 or look for the Denton County Master Gardener Association on Facebook.

JANET LAMINACK is the horticulture county extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension. She can be reached at 940-349-2883. Her e-mail address is