Sunday, March 6, 2011

Spring Obsession is Next Weekend!

Now that my focus is on natives,
it's so exciting to know this about this festival.
Pennies are being saved so that a few
new specimens can be added to our yard. 
I can hardly wait to see what's offered this year!
This festival always provides plenty of selection of natives,
as well as Florida-friendly plants.  The vendors are usually
more than happy to share with you all they know.
The workshops presented keep a gardener informed
and allow for those nagging questions
to be answered by experts in the field. 
Bring a buggy or wagon,
'cause you're gonna be buyin'!


Spring Obsession
Saturday, March 12, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Munn Park, Downtown Lakeland

Enjoy a free family day of activities while exploring the many flowers and plants for sale, attend garden presentations, purchase art for the patio and listen to live music from the jazz band Free Time.

After the freeze, it is time to stock up on all your spring plant needs including: flowering plants for house and garden, outdoor plants for your landscaping, and garden art and accessories to spice up your lawn or patio. Learn about jazzing up your yard from landscaping professionals as part of the garden presentations. There will also be a presentation on rain barrels and water conservation with decorative rain barrels available for purchase ($10 off coupon for attending the workshop)! .

Delight in hard to find exotics, orchids, Florida native plants, roses, herbs, gingers, and more as you stroll through Munn Park to the sounds of Free Time. Spring Obsession is a non-profit event with this year’s proceeds contributing to the funding of bicycle racks for Downtown Lakeland.

Garden Presentation Schedule:

The Wakeman Park View Room, 103 North Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland (Across the street from Munn Park)

9:00 AM- Bill Koen, Horticultural Specialist,
City of Lakeland
“City of Lakeland Plant Introductions”

10:00 AM- Dr. David B. Shibles, Urban Horticulturist,
Polk County Cooperative Extension Service
"Pest and Diseases in Vegetable Gardens"

11:00 AM- John R. King, Jr., President and CEO of John R. King Jr. and Associates, Inc.
“Color, Cold Hardy, & Low Maintenance: Let Your Yard Put On A Show”

12:00 PM- Pat Farris and Debra Howell,
Polk County Master Gardeners
"Water Conservation in Your Garden with Rain Barrels"

1:00 PM- Reinier Munguia,
“Creating a Backyard Habitat to Attract Birds and Wildlife”

2:00 PM- Bill Koen, Horticultural Specialist,
City of Lakeland
“City of Lakeland Plant Introductions”