Garden Symposium Helps Shake Off Winter Blues

by Erika Brooks on March 2, 2014 at 12:04 pm

For those who could no longer wait to start planning their Spring gardens, Saturday was the perfect day to get into the swing of things.

That was when the Muskingum Valley Garden Society held their 11th Annual "Spring Fever" Gardening Symposium at Ohio University-Zanesville. The all local event showed off different ideas for Spring and Summer gardening. Every year the society brings something new and different, this year’s treat was the guest speakers.

"This year we had Linda Cobb with us she just spoke about rose gardening and cottage gardening. We have Bill Hendricks in there now and he’s with Kline Nurseries and he’s talking to us about native plants what you want to plant in your garden that’s native to the area and our last speakers will be Ken and Kim Kaufman and they’re going to be talking to us about how to attract birds and butterflies to your garden," said Kathy Mohler, President of the Muskingum Valley Garden Society.

The event always takes place the first weekend of march, as a kick-off to the spring gardening season and as a way for everyone to shake off the winter blues.

"Everybody just has a really good case of cabin fever and to be able to come out and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring and to be able to gather some information and some knowledge, which is always a plus. Plus we always provide them with door prizes and a wide array of silent auction items," added Mohler.

One of the things the society was especially happy with this year were the painted rain barrels, which were created and designed by eleven local artists. All funds from the symposium go to helping the society maintain the downtown and y-bridge planters.