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Spring Garden Expo and Plant Sale coming up just in time for Mother's Day

(Clayton, NJ) - The Gloucester County Certified Gardener's Annual Garden Expo and Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 11, at the Offices of Government Services from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "The expo is a great place for gardeners of every level. Workshops will be held for pest control, finding the right plant for the right spot, gardening for the senses, and more. The workshops are a great way to learn new tricks of the trade while finding new plants to bring home."

Freeholder James J. Lavender, Liaison to the Department of Parks, said, "Flowers and plants make great Mother’s Day gifts, and with Mother’s Day on May 12, the expo is a great place for last minute shoppers to pick up something beautiful. Proceeds from the plant sale will go back into our community and support Certified Gardener projects throughout the county."

A selection of herbs, flower, vegetables, trees and shrubs will be available for purchase including perennials, annuals, 30 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, and more. Free Soil pH testing will be available. 

Workshops include:

9:30–10:10
Hostas
Learn about these shade-loving perennials that are available in a huge variety of sizes and colors. In addition to being lovely, they are a favorite of hummingbirds. 

Wildlife Control
Dealing with local wildlife can be frustrating for any gardener! Get some tips on keeping them away from your garden and landscape plants. 

10:20-11:00
The Right Plant for the Right Place
Increase your odds of success with plants in your landscape by understanding what makes “the right plant for the right place.”

All About Tomatoes
Did you know there are many different kinds of tomatoes? Join us and learn about some of the award winning and unusual Heirloom varieties 

11:10-11:50
Herbs 101
Discover easy herbs to grow, and their culinary & medicinal health benefits; tips for their use & ideas for your herb garden.

Gardening 101
Whether you're thinking of putting a few containers on your patio or tearing up half of your yard, here are a few tips to get you going. 

10:00- 2:00
Get answers and advice from the experts on any lawn & gar-den topic including:

Vegetable Gardening
Herbs & their uses
Pruning trees & shrubs 

12:00–12:40
Gardening for Butterflies
Attracting butterflies involves incorporating plants that serve the needs of all life stages of the butterfly. The insects need places to lay eggs, food plants for their larvae (caterpillars), places to form chrysalides and nectar sources for adults.

Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food we take each day. We know for certain that more nectar and pollen sources will help improve their health and numbers. Increasing the number of pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes will help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across the country.

The Offices of Government Services are located at 1200 N. Delsea Drive in Clayton. For more information call 856-307-6456
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