One of the challenges to the Master Gardeners is for their container to have a theme. They can grow anything from seed, cuttings or other methods, like swapping. They can do whatever they want to the container, and they can create any theme. How would you like to see containers called – The Salad Sisters, The Garden Girls, the Three Stooges, Stars Over Texas, Greatwood Gardeners, Hi-Tex, The Sole Soul Sowing Seeds, Springs, Sprouts, Shoots & Small Scale Scenes, and Bloomin Buddies! There’s more! Can’t you just imagine what these containers might look like?
Master Gardeners must have all their containers completed by September 20, for judging. All of the containers will be on display under the AG’tivity Barn Tent at the Fort Bend County Fair. The AG’tivity Barn is located across from Barn H this year. Texas AgriLife Extension would like to extend a special thanks to Soil Mender Products and the Enchanted Nurseries for their generous support of this contest!
You never know what can be created by the talented, fun and all-knowing Master Gardeners of Fort Bend County. Visit the AG’tivity Barn, see what crops grow in our county, see the animals and visit the educational, interactive booths!
AG’tivity Barn houses various educational displays on trees, square foot gardening, water harvesting, vegetable growing, ornamental gardens, and butterflies among many others. Fort Bend Master Gardeners play an integral role in supporting AgTivity Barn. Fort Bend Master Gardeners enjoy educating the youth and adults of our community about gardening. We expect that the AG’tivity Barn sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Fort Bend County Fair Association is going to be another huge success this year!
This year is the 75th Anniversary of the Fort Bend County Fair. To commemorate this, Texas AgriLife Extension Service is challenging the Fort Bend Master Gardeners to be creative. Fort Bend County Master Gardener, Elsie Keeling, came up with a great idea to showcase the artistic prowess of her gardening peers. Master Gardeners were presented with the challenge of growing plants in containers – but it had to be a functional piece of art. To start them off, they were offered a training session on the techniques and principles of container gardens by Denise Riccobono of Enchanted Gardens. After the training, fifty-one Master Gardeners signed up for the Container Garden challenge. The Master Gardeners formed up to 3 person teams to take this challenge head on. They are provided with the same size and type of container and 1 bag of Soil Mender Raised Bed soil mix. The only requirement is that the teams return their finished container gardens to be displayed under the AG’tivity Barn Tent at the Fort Bend County Fair.