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Feb. 12, 2020

Save the date: Lonoke County Master Gardeners host ‘From the Ground Up’ expo April 18


By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture

 Fast Facts:

  • Expo to be held April 18 in Cabot
  • Event features speakers Janet Carson, Berni Kurz, Tana Beasley
  • Plant sale, mini seminars, DIY activities

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CABOT, Ark. — It may be winter, but the Lonoke County Master Gardeners are thinking ahead to spring, laying plans for “From the Ground Up,” a gardening expo and plant sale, scheduled for April 18 in Cabot.

 The expo, which features guest speakers, mini seminars and do-it-yourself activities, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church Rock Building, 163 Mount Carmel Road. There is no cost to attend.

Featured speakers include Berni Kurz, extension horticulture specialist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, who will discuss vegetable gardening. Retired extension horticulture specialist and author Janet Carson will discuss “Landscaping for the Homeowner,” and Tana Beasley with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will lead a session on hummingbirds.

 “This is an opportunity to learn how to make the most of your garden,” Caroline Bonifant, marketing committee chair for the Lonoke County Master Gardeners, said. “We are glad to host Janet, Berni and Tana, and we will also have mini-seminars and DIY project talks during the event.”

Mini seminars about seed starting, orchids and succulents are scheduled throughout the afternoon.

There will be a plant sale for those wishing to enhance their landscapes and food trucks on site for refueling. For more information about this event, contact Bonifant at 501-259-8203 or or Jan Rensing at 501-258-2903 or email

 About the Arkansas Master Gardener Program

As horticultural trained volunteers, Master Gardeners extend research-based information through demonstration and educational programs using horticulture best practices, strengthening communities and families throughout Arkansas.

 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 is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact Caroline Bonifant at 501-259-8203 or as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 

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Media Contact: Tracy Courage
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126