Main Street Gardnerville is hosting the third annual open house and plant exchange at Heritage Park Gardens.
The event is 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 17. Bring extra pony pack plants and seedlings to swap, or take seedlings started by the HPG Committee home for a small donation.
Handcrafted garden goodies will also be available and Ken Miller, board member for both the Town of Gardnerville and Main Street Gardnerville, has donated one of his “bird condos” to be raffled off at the end of the event.
Children can do some rock painting and also help to plant this year’s children’s garden.
At 10:30 a.m. Jody Mallory from Valley Garden Center will talk about small space gardening, and there will be examples on display all day. There will also be demonstrations on sun oven cooking, gardening with native plants, and square foot gardening.
“Master Gardeners will be on hand to help you make newspaper seed pots and answer questions about getting your seedlings off to a good start,” organizers said. “Or, just relax and stroll the labyrinth that was completed last year and enjoy the refreshments. Either way, a good time will be had by all.”
This year’s project is replacing the old straw bale beds with wooden ones, making the fencing more deer-proof, and planning a new Children’s Educational Garden.
“By 2015 we expect to be offering classes for elementary school age kids, but first there’s fencing and beds and walkways to build, and plants to put in this year,” organizers said. “So come out and support your community garden and take home some ideas for your own garden.”