The Bryan County Master Gardener’s held their annual Garden Show this past weekend at the Bryan County Fairgrounds.
They support the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Scholarship Fund and community projects.
The show is a spin off from their gardening club.
The Farmer’s Market Promotion is a USDA funded program that had a booth at the Garden Show Saturday.
Macy Vansickle, Choctaw Extension Agent explained the program to those who attended the show.
She said, “We are here to promote farmer’s markets across the ten and a half counties that are the Choctaw Nation, to help bring better nutritious crops as well as bring local producers into town to sell their produce.”
She had herb packets she was giving away to help promote home gardening.
Karen Graham Master Gardener’s President said, “It’s been about 15 years since we started this. We raise money for our scholarship fund. We have a supplier who provides our plants for fundraising.” They purchase wholesale and sell retail. She said, “We get a percentage of sales.”
The club rents the building, then leases space to plant related business.
She said, “This makes it possible for other vendors to come and sell their goods.”
They are gearing up for the state and national events later this summer. “Graham said, “This is our big event and it takes a lot of work.
Anita Burns of Durant was at the show last year. She said, “I like the variety, it’s not just one thing.”
She said she will be back next year.
Kathy Pritchard of Durant brought her granddaughter Jayden Manous to the show. Pritchard said, “Everything here is just beautiful. They have everything.”
Durant Middle School student, her granddaughter Jayden said, “I like this. I like the jewelry and the flowers. Roses are my favorite.”
Whether you want seeds to start your own, or you want to buy plants already started, to get a head start, all were available Saturday.
At Heather Onstott’s aroma wax booth, she said, “There’s been a lot of traffic. It’s been a good show. “
Ten-year-old Evie Daniels of Calera said, “I really like everything that’s here. I like the shopping. I like flowers a lot, too.”
Lindsay Roberts in her Bryan Agri-Products booth sold most everything a farm might need. She’s State Representative Dustin Roberts’ wife. She said, “It’s been a record-breaking year for us this year.”
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