The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

April 8, 2013

Life’s a garden: Dig it

— As the temperatures are warming, buds on fruit trees are swelling, daffodils are blooming and gardeners are yearning to get out into their gardens. The cure for this year’s spring fever is “Life’s a Garden: Dig It” on April 20 at the Braxton County Jamboree in Gassaway. The event will feature educational workshops and exhibitors and vendors of gardening related products and services.

Workshops include Herb Gardening, Sorghum Syrup Production, Edible Landscaping, Bats and Nighttime Pollinators, Beekeeping, Plants for Biodiversity, Cultivating Shiitake Mushrooms, and Developing a Butterfly Garden. Make and Take activities will be available for a small fee; participants will have the chance to make garden markers, herbal wreaths and hanging luminaries.

Youth gardening activities and crafts will also be featured throughout the day for children ages six to 12.  The day is being planned with both young and old, and new and experienced gardeners in mind. A free blueberry plant will be given to the first 100 people in attendance.

Following registration at 9:30 a.m., workshops will begin at 10 a.m. and continue through 3 p.m. A variety of vendors of gardening related items such as plants, supplies and implements will be on site.

Educational displays will be available throughout the day, including a demonstration by Butterflies from Heather. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture Autoclave for bee equipment will available to sterilize hive bodies and supers; pre-registration for this service is required by calling 304-765-2809.

“Life’s A Garden: Dig It” is sponsored by Mountain RC&D, WVU Braxton County Extension Office, Braxton/Clay County Master Gardeners, Berries Unlimited and Renee’s Garden. Lunch will be available for a small fee. Reservations are required.

For more information or to register for the day and reserve your lunch, call the WVU Braxton County Extension Office at 304-765-2809. Information is also located on the internet at