Landscape & Garden Fair highlights easy-to-grow veggies, design tips

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Lake County master gardener Tyrone Hill. // Provided photo

An entire festival of fun can be raised from the good earth.

Lake County’s eighth annual Landscape & Garden Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, at the Lake County Extension Center’s Discovery Gardens, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.

The botanical-themed festival, which is free to the public, attracts thousands of guests to hear expert speakers discuss topics including butterflies, hydroponics, and succulents. The event is sponsored by Lake County, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension, and Lake County master gardeners, a news release states.

Notable programs include “Simple Landscape Design Tips,” taught by Brooke Moffis, a residential horticulture extension agent; “Unusual, Easy-to-Grow Vegetables,” led by Lake County master gardeners Jack Pounders and Tyrone Hill; and “Favorite Master Gardener Plants,” hosted by Shirley Barber, a St. Johns County master gardener.

Additional family-friendly activities include the Children’s Passport, with stops at multiple gardens, the Maze Scavenger Hunt, and a special butterfly release. Visitors also may browse landscaping materials, native plants, fruit trees, and other goods available for purchase from local vendors.

Discovery Gardens is nestled on more than four acres behind the Lake County Extension Center and features 24 themed gardens, including a string of lush courtyards and five specially designed children’s gardens, the release states.

For a complete schedule, call 352.343.4101 or visit lakecountyfl.gov/gardenfair.

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