2011-04-09 / News

Daffodils, goldenrod on tap for this weekend

GRANVILLE/NEWARK – From early spring until frost, your garden can take on the golden hue of daffodils and golden rod. This weekend, in Licking County, there are two great opportunities to learn about and to purchase new plants and items to enhance your garden.

Daffodils start the spring with shades of yellow, gold, orange and even pink and white. They are a welcome sight against the grey and browns of the remains of winter. The Granville Garden Club presents the “Wonders of Nature” during their 66th annual daffodil show and sale. There will be over 300 varieties of daffodils from members’ gardens on display. and will showcase 60+ spring floral arrangements of all sizes and shapes. With 25,000 registered hybrid daffodils, you will be amazed by their beauty and their bouquet. Many can be ordered from their list of selected bulbs.

In Newark, the Licking County Master Gardener Volunteers will be holding their annual “Four Seasons of Gardening” conference. The keynote speaker will be noted naturalist and writer for the Columbus Dispatch, Jim Mc Cormac who will present the “The Midas Touch: Gilding with Goldenrods”. He will be sharing the great diversity of over 70 gorgeous goldenrods. Before and after the keynote speaker there will be choices of classes with topics ranging from indoor composting with worms, organic vegetables, edible wild plants to using flowers from the garden to create floral designs. Again this year, there will be a variety of vendors and an exciting raffle.

The daffodil show takes place at the College Town House, 334 East Broadway, in Granville. Admission is free. The show runs on Saturday, April 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday April 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The gardening conference will be held again at the Reese Center on the OSU-COTC Newark Campus on Saturday, April 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 advance sale and $10 at the door. A box lunch can be ordered before 9:30 for $7.

Everyone is encouraged to attend both events by first attending the conference and then going to the daffodil show later in the day or on Sunday. It will be a great weekend to learn more ways to beautify the gardens in Licking County.

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