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Public Invited to Help Master Gardeners Celebrate 30 Years of Gardening Service to Greene County on Friday, October 3, 2014, with Food and Education; Buy Tickets Now
True to its organization’s roots, Master Gardeners invite the public to celebrate 30 years of gardening service to the people of Greene County with a deliciously nutritious meal, an informative talk by a well-known horticulturist and entertainment by Springfield’s own “merry band of pranksters.”
The anniversary event, Looking Back, Going Forward, will begin on Friday, October 3, 2014, from 4 until 6:30 p.m., with a reception and meal in the Demonstration Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park followed by a talk on plant collecting by the president and CEO of the Tulsa (Oklahoma) Botanic Garden at 7 p.m. in the Darr Agricultural Center, adjacent to the public park at 2401 S. Kansas Expressway.
The cost for the reception, meal, entertainment and lecture is $15 per person. Tickets may be purchased by calling 417.881.8909, extension 320, or 417.891.1515. You can also buy tickets in the Master Gardener Hotline room or gift shop inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., and through any of the other southwest Missouri chapters of Master Gardeners.
Craig von Foerster, formerly the executive chef at an award-winning California restaurant, will grill vegetables and serve slider sandwiches using locally raised pork. The menu will also include home-made bread and potato salad. Chef von Foerster and his wife, Tamara, plan to open a small farm-to-table restaurant. The couple now raise bees, make honey and grow produce on their Rogersville farm.
The Garbonzos will stroll through the garden and provide entertainment during the reception.
At 7 p.m., Todd Lasseigne, who calls himself a “ragin’ Cajun, storyteller and garden geek, will share his experiences of collecting new landscape plants. The well-known plantsman has visited at least 355 botanical gardens worldwide.
Lasseigne, a Thibodaux, Louisiana, native of French Cajun descent, son of a horticulturist and grandson of sugar cane farmers, will also explain plans for making the Tulsa Botanic Garden reflect Oklahoma and its plant life.
Thirtieth anniversary history displays and book orders will also be available at the event.
Master Gardeners of Greene County, in coordination with University of Missouri Extension located in the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, provide horticultural information and training to the gardening public based on proven research specific to the local climate, soils and plants. Master Gardeners staff the popular gardening Hotline at 417.881.8909 and create and maintain the Demonstration Garden.
Thanks for Jeanne Duffey for this article.