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Vendors welcome at Wilson County Garden Day
Vendors are still welcome to sign up for the annual Wilson County Garden Day to be held Saturday, March 2. Rental fees are waived for nonprofits. Other booth rentals are $25 for a full space or $15 for a half space for businesses.
Last year, an estimated 1,500 people attended the event, sponsored by Wilson County News, KLUP 930 AM radio, and Milberger’s Landscaping and Nursery in San Antonio.
Garden Day kicks off the Floresville Independent School District Alternative Education Center’s plant sale, which continues through the following Thursday. Proceeds from the sale benefit the S.T.A.R.S. program.
More children’s activities have been added this year, including a build-your-own-birdhouse project sponsored by Home Depot. They will donate 100 birdhouses and also provide the volunteers to work with the project. These and other activities will occupy the little ones while mom and dad visit the booths and shop for plants.
Also new this year will be a special appearance by Bo Dewees of San Antonio. The pre-teen was made famous when TV stations broadcast information about the honey from his bees and how it was used in Deep Eddy’s Sweet Tea Vodka out of Austin.
Other activities new this year include building your own rain barrel. There will be 40 barrels and kits on hand for those who want to go away with an inexpensive rain barrel, complete with fittings and ready to set up. Dave the Barrel Man is providing the barrels and kits at cost. A small fee will be charged, with proceeds going to S.T.A.R.S.
A silent auction will be going on all day, as well as various workshops, including ones on non-native snakes, feral hogs, raised-bed gardens, drip irrigation, growing tomatoes, and raising honeybees.
Students participating in the S.T.A.R.S. program have been busy raising many of the plants that will be offered for sale, including 20 flats of the popular Tycoon tomatoes.
S.T.A.R.S. is a voluntary service-learning after-school program that serves any student who would like to join. Through S.T.A.R.S., students learn beneficial skills, which they can take with them through life. They learn not only gardening skills, but also discipline and the benefits of hard work. The best part is that they get the see the fruits of their labor when the plants grow and produce.
S.T.A.R.S. is under the direction of Johnny Hewell of the Alternative Education Center.
The Floresville Alter-native Education Center also serves the La Vernia, Nixon-Smiley, Poth, and Stockdale school districts. The S.T.A.R.S. program is funded by the Floresville Independent School District, as well as through self-sustaining funds mostly consisting of plant sales.
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