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River Valley Lawn & Garden Show March 1-3

River Valley Lawn & Garden Show March 1-3

Spring comes on a schedule in Fort Smith, when the River Valley Master Gardeners present their annual indoor lawn and garden show at the Fort Smith Convention Center.


The Arkansas River Valley Lawn & Garden Show offers three days of gardening education, a sale of living plants and gardening products and sheer natural beauty in floral displays from local garden clubs, home gardeners and nature photographers. No matter the weather outside, showcase gardens bloom as if they they had grown there.


The theme for the 2013 show is "Gardening: For the Health of It."  


Educating the public about gardening, landscaping, and other horticulture topics is the primary purpose of the show. A slate of expert speakers and demonstrators offer practical gardening information all three days and are available for questions.


The show also features the Fort Smith Council of Garden Clubs' annual flower show and an exhibit of the Fort Smith Art Center Photo Alliance's lawn and garden photography contest. By popular demand, a professional florist design contest returns this year. Expect a spectacle of artfully designed tabletop arrangements by highly competetive floral designers. 


A children's area offers kids several gardening crafts in a "Make and Take" area. Children may choose from rock painting, making seed balls, making plastic bottle planters, bug-themed plant stakes, and handmade bird feeders, all to take home and enjoy or give as a gift. 


The many vendor booths give attendees the opportunity to meet local experts on landscaping, plant care, designing outdoor living spaces and the newest and best gardening products. 


Show hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 1-2; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 2. Admisson $5. Fort Smith Convention Center, Rogers Avenue and South 9th Street, Fort Smith. www.fsgardenshow.com


March 1 

10:30 a.m. 

Tina Marie Wilcox 



12:30 p.m.

Quinn Montana 

"A Worldwide Movement towards Good,

 Clean and Fair Food"


2:45 p.m.

John Pennington 

"Landscape Management with Water Quality in Mind: Importance of the Blue Thumb"


4 p.m.

Betty Harrison 

"Hypertufa Pots: A Mini-Demo"


4:45 p.m.

Isaac Witt  

"The Learning Fields of Chaffee Crossing"


March 2

10:30 a.m.

Pa Mac 

"Cultivating Character in the Garden"


11:45 a.m.

Michael Richardson 

"A Boomer's Garden"


4 p.m.

Frank Ma 

"Basic Irrigation"


2 p.m.

Gerald Klingaman 



3:30 p.m.

Susan Belsinger 



March 3

11:30 a.m.

Tina Marie Wilcox & Susan Belsinger 

"Elder:?Herb of the Year"


1:15 p.m.

Janet Carson

"Gardening 101"


2:45 p.m.

Susan Belsinger



4 p.m.

Susan Randolph & Diane Pitlick

"Basic Propagation:?A Mini-Demo"

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