This year's early unseasonably warm temperatures haven't been lost on area gardeners ready for the start of another growing season.
As if the weather wasn't enough inspiration, this weekend's ninth annual Let's Get Growing Garden Show will provide additional reasons to get enthused about planting, landscaping or tending a garden.
The event will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the APlex, right next door to Northern Lights Arena where a Spring Expo also is taking place. Both events are free and open to the public.
Let's Get Growing will feature exhibits, flowers, trees, shrubs, lawn and garden equipment, children's activities and do-it-yourself demonstrations. The Spring Expo will feature building and home-related businesses and services.
"This year's garden show promises to have something for everyone," said Mary Dunckel of Alpena County MSU Extension, organizer of the event. "The APlex will be alive with color, greenery and enthusiasm for the upcoming growing season."
Dunckel also said visitors to the show will have the opportunity to ask questions of local gardening professionals and see many inspiring sights.
Let's Get Growing
Saturday, April 14
10 a.m.-4 p.m., APlex
Friday, April 13, 3-8 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, April 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Northern Lights Arena
"Visitors will get to see new equipment and beautiful displays featuring new varieties of plants, trees and shrubs, and to support local organizations such as the Alpena Farmer's Market and the Alpena Garden Club," Dunckel said.
Among participants in this year's garden show is Jason Andrezewjewski of Roger's Nursery, located at 3432 US-23-S, Alpena. Each year he brings a wide array of shrubs, perennials, annuals and even a few trees.
"We always bring color," Andrezewjewski said. "We try to get people excited about the spring growing season."
Items sold at Roger's Nursery also will be featured.
"There will be items like flag poles things people might not know we offer," he said. "We'll have lots of perennials, annuals and hanging baskets. This is a good way for people to preview what we will be having available."
One of the aspects Andrezewjewski likes best about the garden show is the opportunity to talk with people and answer their garden-related questions.
Another Let's Get Growing participant is the Home Depot, which will be a part of the garden show for the first time ever this year. Kevin Skiba of the Home Depot said that while there will be a display of available plants the show, the store also has planned a number of do-it-yourself projects for the public to undertake.
"We're not there to sell stuff as much as we would like to give a service to the community with do-it-yourself projects," Skiba said. "We'll be doing four different ones."
The clinics will be offered twice throughout the day with a schedule of the times for each posted at the Home Depot booth. The clinics include:
According to Skiba, staff will also be available to answer questions on whatever gardening-related topics visitors are interested in addressing.
Other exhibitors scheduled to participate in Let's Get Growing are: AJ's, Alpena Farmer's Market, Alpena Garden Club, Building Express, Ginop Sales, Heritage Acres, Jake Reebel Landscaping, Design & Perennial Nursery, MSU Extension, Netta's, Pour Boy's Honey, PrattScape and Grandpa J's Sonshine Greenhouse.