Three businesses well-known for their ardent localvorism and enabling green thumbs throughout the Valley are scheduled to present at the grand opening of Heritage Park Community Gardens in Gardnerville 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
The event marks the beginning of the first growing season at the 1.5-acre site, which sits on the northwest side of Heritage Park.
At 10:30 a.m., Cody Witt of Full Circle Compost will discuss growing success, under the premise, "It all starts with the soil."
At 11:30 a.m., Heather Kahabka of Plant It Nursery will discuss plant favorites for Carson Valley.
At 12:30 p.m., Mark O'Farrell of Hungry Mother Organics will touch upon organic gardening.
Free and open to the public, the event will include a plant swap and sale at 10 a.m.
Additionally, there will be flower pot painting for kids of all ages, master gardener demonstrations of edible landscaping and native plants, and recipes for garden and sun oven cooking.
"Attendees can bring a plant and take home another one that they might want instead," event organizers said in a press release. "It's kind of like a cookie exchange, only with extra plants (up to four) from your garden. In addition, there will be vegetable and flower plants for sale - good quality at reasonable prices. Volunteers will be on hand to help with information about your plant selections. It is an opportunity to sign up for a garden plot to grow your own healthy veggies."
Heritage Park Gardens has been developed by a volunteer committee and is a project of the Design Committee of Main Street Gardnerville, a nonprofit revitalization organization.
The project vision is to provide "a place to learn, grow, share and beautify, to cultivate and nurture our community."
For more information, call Paula Lochridge, Main Street program manager, at 782-8024, or Carol Sandmeier, Design Committee chair, at 782-3903.