Garden show at the APlex this Saturday

ALPENA – The 10th annual “Let’s Get Growing” Garden Show will be taking place Saturday at the APlex from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with vendors all over the area showcasing their products and services.

“This year’s show is a little different than last year’s,” Mary Dunckel, MSU Extension agriculture literacy educator, said. “The Alpena Farmers Market is joining us for the day. They will have some fresh produce, baked goods, farm fresh eggs, and many other items available.”

The vendors will be answering questions about gardening and landscaping and some will offer do-it-yourself exhibits, such as the Home Depot, which will have a children’s workshop to help children build bird houses and bug catchers.

“The show will be full of colorful plants, new equipment and overall enthusiasm for the upcoming growing season,” Dunckel said. “Visitors will be able to get answers to their garden and landscape questions, support local organizations, such as the Alpena Farmers Market and the Alpena Garden Club, and purchase locally grown produce and plants.”

There are over 30 vendors this year for the show and 17 vendors from the Alpena Farmers Market, with a list of displays ranging from horticulture, to motorized equipment and even maple syrup vendors on site.

“It’s all about what the vendors do,” Dunckel said. “There will also be live music this year, which is new.”

Rogers Nursery will be at the show helping to get attendees excited about spring with colorful displays of flowers and evergreens.

“The show really helps stimulate the idea process,” owner Jason Andrzejewski said. “A lot of people come in the morning to get ideas and get invigorated, then go home and work outdoors. People have more motivation this time of year to work outside since the weather is getting nicer.”

According to Andrzejewski, this is a good spring for gardeners because people haven’t been putting things in the ground early with the risk of damage to the plants.

“The show is a good place to ask any questions and learn about new products,” he said. “There’s a lot of knowledge in the room and we like to spread it around.”

Jim Ginop of Ginop Sales will be at the show with a multiple lineup of equipment available to assist in outdoor work.

“Everything at the show is organized very nicely,” Ginop said. “As a community member, it’s a dual responsibility to be at the show, not just for sales, but also to answer questions and direct customers to places where they can get the best answers to their specific quesitons.”

The garden show isn’t only flowers and large equipment, vendors AJ and Amy MacArthur run a you-pick strawberry and raspberry farm along with a seasonal on-farm market.

“We bring in samples of what we make and what people can make with our products,” Amy MacArthur said. “We have a range of items we sell on the farm like jams, maple syrup, beef, and fresh vegetables.”

If you’re interested in gardening and growing your own food, then this show is for you, according to MacArthur.

“There’s always a lot of people that come to the show,” she said. “It’s always gone smoothly and is a great event.”

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