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February 1, 2014

Gardening in spotlight at mall show

MT. VERNON — Award winning nature, gardening and children’s book author Sharon Lovejoy will be the featured guest speaker at the 26th annual Midwestern Herb and Garden Show, scheduled Feb. 7 through 9, at Times Square Mall.

For everyone from gardening experts to hopefuls, the three-day event will host three days of demonstrations, classes, seminars and unique displays by more than 30 exhibitors. Admission is free.

Lovejoy, who has published more than a dozen books, written many articles and consulted on many gardens at popular museums, will give a presentation at 5 p.m. Friday entitled, “Contain Your Creativity …. in Pots That Is,” and at 11 a.m. Saturday will present, “Trowel and Error: Secrets of a Good-Natured Garden and Gardener,” according to information from the Mt. Vernon Convention and Tourism Bureau.

“She talks about earth-friendly remedies and practical cures that every gardener should know,” explained Rachel Hunsell, marketing executive of the Tourism Bureau. “It’s wonderful the club found her. She shows exactly what our town is all about, finding how you can creatively define what you’re doing.”

Hunsell said after being away from Mt. Vernon for several years she has come to appreciate events like the Herb and Garden Show.

“What’s really great about the show is that is has something for everyone from gardening experts to gardening hopefuls,” Hunsell said. “I grew up going to the show, so for me, it’s great to see something like this stay in our community. It brings people in from the whole region. It’s been rewarding growing up in Mt. Vernon, coming back, and to be a part of it and see how great it is for Mt. Vernon and to see what impact it has on our community.”

Classes will be provided during the show on blacksmithing, growing orchids in the home, ways to preserve herbs, emergency preparedness and making your own herbal heath and body products.

For more information on the show you may call Ellen and Elaine Wilson at 842-7108 or the Tourism Bureau at 242-3151.

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