Story + Photography by Tony Centonze
The Christian County Master Gardener Association recently hosted its annual Christian County Garden & Outdoor Living Expo at Hopkinsville's Bruce Convention Center.
The free event featured a variety of gardening exhibitors, educational sessions, and activities for the kids. The two-day event also had free giveaways and a silent auction.
The University of Kentucky's Kelly Jackson is Christian County's Extension Agent for Horticulture.
“Our office has been involved with this event for several years,” Jackson said. We've been at the Bruce Center for the last four. We try to gear this event toward landscaping, flowers, plants, and outdoor living.”
Jackson says that about 1,000 guests usually attend the two-day show.
“Hopefully, they will see lots of things for their landscape,” Jackson said. Our vendors have a great variety of flowers, baskets, flowering trees and shrubs for their landscaping needs. There is also a lot of garden art that people enjoy. We do have a tree service company on hand, and some other service providers as well.”
On Saturday, the Expo also features a schedule of classes.
“This is a free event,” Jackson said. “It's a great way to get vendors in front of the public, and increase awareness. It's also a great way for us to educate people about gardening.”