Published: April 5, 2010
CLEMSON — Home gardeners can get free expert advice about growing vegetables and herbs, and buy transplants and seeds Saturday, April 17, at Garden Fest in the South Carolina Botanical Garden.
Held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Discovery Center parking lot, Garden Fest will be staffed by experts and experienced gardeners ready to help anyone learn how to create an attractive vegetable garden that will provide fresh produce all season long. They’ll share information about selecting varieties, improving soil, keeping the garden healthy and how to make vegetable gardening rewarding and productive.
Warm-season vegetable transplants for sale include heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, basil and eggplant, along with small quantities of seeds for directly seeded warm-weather crops. There also will be information about where to buy fresh local produce.
Garden Fest is made possible by the S.C. Botanical Garden, Upstate Locavores, Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture, the Clemson University Home and Garden Information Center, Students for Environmental Awareness, Together We Can and many others.
South Carolina Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden is located on the Clemson University campus at the intersection of U.S. 76 and Perimeter Road. The garden encompasses 295 acres of display gardens, nature trails, woodlands and streams, and is open year-round from dawn to dusk, free of charge. The garden is partially supported by the state of South Carolina via Clemson University, but relies on private funding, memberships and proceeds from educational events to continue operations. For more information, visit www.clemson.edu/scbg/ or call 864-656-3405.
Kitchen garden primer:
The free Clemson Extension Service fact sheet 1256, “Planning a Garden,” lists planting times for most common vegetables broken down for the Coastal Plain, Midlands and Piedmont areas of South Carolina.
Visit Clemson’s Home and Garden Information Center for more information about vegetable-gardening, including fact sheets about specific vegetables.