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Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time for the 16th annual South Texas Home and Garden Show!
Head over to the Floresville Event Center this Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for this free action-packed family friendly event brought to you by the Wilson County News and the Floresville Economic Development Corp. This much-anticipated show celebrates the benefits of gardening, while showcasing local farmers and artisans with more than 80 vendor booths and displays. Admission and parking are free!
Select from plants galore, enter to win one of seven amazing door prizes valued at more than $100 awarded throughout the day, attend classes and workshops on topics from beekeeping to backyard poultry, browse and buy from a variety of vendors, and much more!
Get your plants!
As it’s the South Texas Home and Garden Show, there will be plenty of plants to choose from!
Browse the offerings from the Guadalupe County Master Gardeners, 181 Materials, Color Me Green Nursery, Happy Garden, H-E-B, Labatt Acres Farm, Raging Roots Farm, and Sweet Mesquite Farm.
Visit the Black Barn Alpacas in the outdoor area from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., where you can pet and feed the alpacas, and learn about these amazing animals. And take advantage of this great photo opportunity!
Marvel at the skills and abilities demonstrated by the students of Stockdale’s Master Duncan’s Martial Arts. Their high-energy performances are scheduled for 10:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on the stage in the main showroom.
Enjoy the demonstrations outside by Bill’s Tractor and Hill Country Tractor.
Several workshops and classes throughout the day will offer insight into gardening, beekeeping, backyard poultry, and native habitat restoration.
•Planning and Preparing a Garden for Spring, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Conference Room 1 — Texas Master Gardener Bill Nodine will share how to get your garden ready for spring, planning considerations, how to prepare soil for vegetable planting, starting and sowing seeds, and growing, nurturing, and harvesting vegetables.
•Basics on Backyard Poultry (Hens and Quail), 9-11 a.m., Conference Room 2 — Canutillo, Texas, native and now Wilson County resident Maria Alaniz-George will present and demonstrate her expertise gained from living on a farm and eight years in 4-H, raising meat and fancy poultry of all types.
•Raising Happy, Healthy Backyard Chickens, 11 a.m. to noon, Conference Room 2 — Combining her knowledge of raising healthy animals and her engineering expertise, local rancher and engineer Rochelle Rackham has created a backyard poultry haven and will share some helpful and valuable information for a creative approach to raising your backyard flock.
•Preparation, Planting, and Maintenance Phases of a Native Prairie Restoration, 1-4:30 p.m., Conference Room 1 — Don Kirchoff, who grew up on a 200-acre family farm in Wilson County, will give a presentation at 1:30 p.m. and will be joined by representatives of some of the organizations involved in the tall grass prairie restoration project undertaken by Don and his family; they will share information and answer questions about habitat and wildlife recovery projects completed and underway, volunteer and agency assistance, and lessons learned.
•Is Beekeeping Right for Me? 1:30-3 p.m., Conference Room 2 — Texas Master Beekeeper and Master Naturalist Mark de Kiewiet will discuss beekeeping as a hobby or for income, pollination, where to place a hive, equipment, beekeeper’s calendar, and more.
•What’s Happening to the Bees (and Other Pollinators)? 3:15-4:30 p.m., Conference Room 2 — Texas Master Beekeeper and Master Naturalist Mark de Kiewiet talks about declining bee numbers; European honeybee generalists and native bee specialists; the gardener’s role in protecting bees; food and medicinal products from the hive, and more.
Vendors and more!
Browse and shop the plethora of vendors offering home and garden products, lighting, landscaping, health and wellness goods and services, and so much more! Meet representatives from and learn about community organizations, such as the Wilson County Beautification Association, Wilson County Historical Society, Floresville Chamber of Commerce, Women Warrior Veterans of Wilson County, and others.
Take a break from all the fun to refuel.
Enjoy concessions by the Floresville Chamber of Commerce, and delicacies from food trucks on site — Bobby’s Food Truck, T’s Burgers, and Teriyaki Aqui.
See you Saturday at the 16th annual South Texas Home and Garden Show!
The Wilson County Beautification Association is launching a new fundraiser at the 2023 South Texas Home and Garden Show — Rescued Flowerpots!
The association’s Rescued Flowerpots undertaking is a way to give new life to some of those pretty, unused pots many of us have lying around — ones we can’t use but can’t bear to toss out — and at the same time support the efforts of Wilson County Beautification Association, a Keep Texas Beautiful Affiliate, toward its mission of enhancing and preserving the beauty and environment of Wilson County.
Visit the Wilson County Beautification Association booth to learn more about the organization and how you can participate. Pick up a pot or two of your choice for your cash donation, bring your own clean decorative pots to donate, or buy one of the special flowerpots marked for sale. Every donation or purchase earns a chance to enter a special drawing — no need to be present to win.
For more information, call Ginger Coleman at 281-414-2363 or email [email protected].
South Texas Home and Garden Show
What: South Texas Home and Garden Show
When: Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center, 600 S.H. 97 W., Floresville
Admission: Free! Parking is free, too!
More info: See pages 2-4A, or visit www.southtexashomeandgarden.com/, or call 830-216-4519.