A Challenge to Gardeners of All Ages to “Show What You Grow”
The Annual Bluegrass Flower and Vegetable Show is an opportunity for gardeners of all ages in Fayette and surrounding counties to learn, compete, see what others are growing successfully in this area, as well as to see how their gardening efforts rate in the competition.
“The Show gets bigger and better every year and we hope to attract lots more entries this year from young gardeners in Kentucky. It’s a great way for them to learn and gain a sense of achievement,” said Karen McVey, 2015 Show Chairperson and Member, Fayette Master Gardener Association.
The annual show, now gearing up for its 7th year, is a crowd pleaser. Blue Ribbons are awarded in categories for Youth, Horticulture and Design. Jamie Dockery, Horticulture Agent, Fayette County Extension Service, said, “It’s a little bit like an old-fashioned County Fair and, at the same time, an opportunity to be judged by professionally-trained horticulture experts. No other show I know of has this range for entries – there is even a category for house plants – or, this many levels of judging expertise in one place.”
Sponsored by the Fayette County Master Gardeners Association (114 members) and the Lexington Council Garden Clubs (7 garden clubs and 120 members), the event is held in conjunction with the Lions Club Bluegrass Fair at Masterson Station Park.
Mary Turner, representing the Lexington Council Garden Clubs, said, “We hope to increase entries this year and provide inspiration in gardening and design to those who attend. We want others to share the fun and rewards of gardening.”
The Fayette County Master Gardeners Association is a volunteer affiliate of the Fayette County Extension Service that provides the public with up-to-date information on gardening and horticultural topics of interest to the home gardener. The Lexington Council Garden Clubs provides education, resources, and networking opportunities for its members and promotes the love of gardening, floral design, civic, and environmental responsibility.
There are no fees for entering the Show, but there are lots of rewards. In addition to the coveted Blue Ribbons, there are always free items, some cash prizes, related exhibits and lots of gardening experts. Information may be found at www.bgflowershow.com or by calling Fayette County Extension Office (859) 257-5582. For the complete show schedule, click here: 2016 Fair Schedule (05-17-16).