JAMESTOWN -Originally airing Thursday, March 10.
WRFA public affairs director Jason Sample talks with Edwin Rodriguez and Mary Maxwell from the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and the Jamestown Up Close about the 2016 Grow Jamestown Garden Fair & Home Show, happening Saturday, April 2 at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission to the event and all workshops is free.
The vendor list and workshop schedule is now available for GROW Jamestown, presented by Mike’s Nursery. With more than 50 vendors and 15 workshops lined up by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, the free community event offers fun for all ages.
“We have come a long way from our humble beginnings at the Renaissance Center in previous years,” said Edwin Rodriguez Jr., events and marketing associate for the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. “We used to have 15-17 vendors. This is our fifth year and we have 54 total vendors. Our event is the only true garden and home show in the greater Jamestown area. No other event features home and garden education and hands-on activities the way we do.”
Vendors scheduled to attend include nurseries, contractors, landscape designers, craft vendors, food vendors, neighborhood clusters, and more.
Another key feature of the GROW Jamestown Garden Fair and Home Show is the educational workshops hosted by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program of Chautauqua County and countless other area professionals. The knowledge and experience of the presenters helps make the event special. This year’s workshops, 15 in total, focus on gardening and home improvement. Workshop topics for 2016 are as follows:
- Front Yard Design
- Energy Conservation In Your Home
- Raised Garden Bed Construction And Care
- Tree Selection And Planting
- Help With Your “Honey Do” List – Q&A With A Contractor
- Seed Starting and Vegetable Gardening
- “Deer In My Dahlias, Voles In My Turnips” – Prevent Wildlife Damage In Your Garden
- Home Improvement Through Weatherization – More Than Just Windows
- Ask-A-Master Gardener Panel Discussion
- Native Plants – Why Pre-Columbus Plants Are Good For Your Garden
- Saving The Harvest – Canning and Freezing Basics
- Gardening For Every Body – Tools And Techniques For All Abilities
- Rain Garden Design, Installation, And Maintenance
- Lead Safe Renovations In The Home
- Developing A Landscape And Planting Plan
“We have definitely taken our workshop topics to a new level from previous years,” said Mary Maxwell, neighborhood associate for the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. “We had a lot of requests over the years. People wanted more information that pertained to the area in which we live. The Master Gardeners, event volunteers, and all of our other professionals involved have worked hard to make sure this year’s workshops are educational and fun.”
The GROW Jamestown Garden Fair and Home Show is presented by Mike’s Nursery. Owner Mike Krauth and his staff will be giving away free tomato seedlings to every show attendee while supplies last. Also, the first 1,000 people to the event will receive a free reusable grocery tote courtesy of Wegmans in Jamestown. The event is also graciously sponsored by Lakeshore Paving, Clark Patterson Lee Design Professionals, RSVP, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program, The Resource Center, Rhoe B. Henderson Insurance Agency, Five Star Urgent Care, and Afloral.com.
For a complete list of vendors and a complete workshop schedule with times, visit the GROW Jamestown Garden Fair and Home Show online at www.growjamestown.com or check out the event’s Facebook page.
The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is a public-private partnership supporting downtown and neighborhood revitalization through stakeholder engagement, innovation, and reinvestment in the greater Jamestown, New York, area.