Manatee County Master Gardener Volunteers Celebrate 40th Anniversary

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Master Gardener Volunteers are holding an “Open Garden” celebration on November 8 and 9, 9am - 12pm, to commemorate 40 years of volunteer service to the Manatee County's University of Florida/IFAS Agriculture and Extension Service.  Friday will include self-guided tours of the award-winning garden, as well as Information stations and demonstrations geared toward inspiring the creation of Florida-Friendly landscapes. The Information Stations will educate visitors on the many services provided by the Master Gardeners, such as the plant clinic, soil and water testing, school and community gardens, rain barrels, vermicomposting, the Landscape Assistance Program, classes for all ages and much more. Master Gardener Volunteers will also provide several container garden demonstrations followed by a drawing for each item created. Saturday, November 9 is devoted to families and children. In addition to self-guided garden tours and Information Stations, the morning will include fun activities for children. Home Depot will be on site to build a make and take craft with the children and Boyd Nature Preserve will entertain families with several birds of prey and reptiles. Complimentary cookies and beverages are available both days and on Saturday, Kona Ice food truck will be on site as well. 

The free event, open to the public, is taking place in the Master Gardeners’ Educational Gardens on the Extension grounds, located at 1303 17th St. West at the Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto. Contact the Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service at 941-722-4524.

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