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Jefferson County Home and Garden Show to promote pollinators

By Ryan McGeeney 
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast Facts:

  • Berni Kurz, extension horticulture specialist, to headline show
  • Show will focus on gardening that is “bee friendly”
  • Show now in its 31styear

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PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Arkansas gardeners planning on making the most of their 2019 should mark their calendars for the upcoming Jefferson County Home and Garden Show, to be held on Feb. 8-9.

Flowers and Bees
BLOOMING -- The Jefferson County Home and Garden Show opens Feb. 8 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. (UA System Division of Agriculture photo by Fred Miller)

This year’s show, held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, will focus on the importance of pollinators, and how to attract them to your garden. Speakers include Dr. Yong Park of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Agriculture Department, Leslie Fowler and others.

The show will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Extension horticulture specialist Berni Kurz will be the show’s feature speaker. Until recently, Kurz was the longtime Washington County Cooperative Extension Service chair.

Presenters will speak on backyard plants for birds and pollinators, landscaping with native plants for pollinators and getting started with apiculture.

There will also be more than 100 vendor booths, food trucks, a plant pathologist who can diagnose your plant diseases, puppies to adopt, bunnies to pet, and a quilt show presented by the Pine Bluff Quilt Guild. 

Raffle tickets will be sold for prizes, including a rolling chicken coop, a handmade wooden wheelbarrow and a quilt made and donated to the Master Gardeners by the Pine Bluff Quilt Guild. Raffle tickets are $1.00 and can be purchased from any Jefferson County Master Gardener member, or can be purchased on site at the Home and Garden Show. Prize drawings will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday afternoon and you do not have to be present to win.

For more information, contact the Jefferson County Master Gardeners at 870-534-1033.

To learn about horticulture in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.


About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. 

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.  

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Media Contact: Ryan McGeeney
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2120

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