Spring comes early in Fort Smith, when the Arkansas River Valley Master Gardeners, along with University of Arkansas Extension service, present their 26th annual 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, Flower Show, Children’s Area, Silent Auction and Yoga for Gardening Health, presented by Terri Hargrove, owner of Yogaterrium. The theme for the 2019 show is “Small Gardens.” Everyone can grow a garden no matter how small their space. Small gardens can make a big impact on the environment and wildlife preservation.


Educating the public about gardening, landscaping, and other horticulture topics is the primary purpose of the show. There is an impressive line-up of speakers, including Berni Kurz, the new University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension horticulture specialist and the coordinator of the Arkansas Master Gardener program. He is the former Staff Chair of the Washington County Cooperative Extension Office in Fayetteville.


The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service Plant Health Clinic Portable Lab will be present all three days of the show to look at physical samples and/or pictures of plant disease problems in the landscape and garden. Attendees are encouraged to bring in samples of problem plants.


Show hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 15 and 16; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 17. Admission is $5.00 for a 3-day ticket; children 11 and under are FREE. More information can be found at www.fsgardenshow.com or visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ARVLGS


Full Schedule of Events: Friday, March 15 10:30 am Jessie Taylor – Moles and Gophers 11:30 am Jayson McGaugh – Fire Ants: What to do


1:00 pm Tina Wilcox – The Right Herbs in Small Areas 2:00 and 4:00 pm Yoga For Gardening Health sessions by Terri Hargrove, owner of Yogaterrium 2:15 pm Kay Schlaefli – Flower Arranging 3:00 pm Joe Neumeier – Landscaping Small Yards 4:00 pm Susan Horton – Growing a Lemon Tree from Seed 5:00 pm Jayson McGaugh – Why is my Crape Myrtle Black? Saturday, March 16 10:00 am Mary Smith – How and When to Plant Tomatoes 11:00 am Leslie Wagner – A Garden in Straw Bales 12:15 pm Thell Hallsted – Pruning Roses 1:00 pm Robert Vaught – Container Gardening 2:00 and 4:00 pm Yoga For Gardening Health sessions by Terri Hargrove, owner of Yogaterrium 2:15 pm Susan Randolph – Propagating Succulents 3:00 pm Robert Vaught – Preparing the Garden Bed 4:00 pm Neelendra Joshi – Pollinators 5:15 pm Jayson Mcaugh – How to Read Your Soil Test


Sunday, March 17 1:00 pm Berni Kurz – Companion Plants 2:00 pm Joanne Olszewski – Turning Your Trash into Soil 3:00 pm Sherrie Smith – Saving Our Diseased Tomatoes