Tree Festival set for Saturday at Extension Center

04/04/2014 9:44 AM

04/04/2014 9:45 AM

The annual Tree Festival is Saturday, April 5, at the Extension Center, 21st and Ridge Road. It coincides with the opening of the Kansas Grown Farmers Market, in the parking lot of the Extension Center.

Tree Fest, sponsored by K-State Research and Extension and its master gardeners, will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and admission is free. It will include information about choosing, planting and caring for trees; garden-tool sharpening for a fee; activities for children; and trees and plants for sale from regional vendors. Project Beauty will have bur oak seedlings for sale for $8.

Pancakes, sausage and baked goods also will be for sale.

The farmers market runs from 7 a.m. to noon.

Here is the schedule for Tree Fest:

Seminars

• “Treerific Trees of the Sedgwick County Extension,” by extension agent Bob Neier, 8:15 a.m.
• “ ‘Survivor’ Trees That Survived the Heat and Drought,” by Jason Griffin of the John C. Pair Horticultural Center, 9 a.m.
• “Tree Fundamentals: Mulching, Watering, Planting and Staking,” by Jeff Otto of Longhofer Lawn & Tree Care, 10 a.m.
• “Basic Landscape Design: What to Plant Where,” by Daniel Kusmaul of Suburban Landscape Management, 11 a.m.
• “Wichita Action Plan for Water Shortages,” by Kay Drennen of the city of Wichita, noon.

Demonstrations

Meet in the Meadowlark Room.

• Composting, in the demonstration garden, 9:15 a.m.
• Rose pruning, in the hybrid tea rose garden, 10 a.m.
• Tree planting, mulching and watering, on the arboretum grounds, 10:30 a.m.
• Tree pruning, on the arboretum grounds, 11:45 a.m.

Tours

Meet in the Meadowlark Room.

• Arboretum tour, by Cathy Brady of Brady Nursery, 11:30 a.m.
• Nature trail tour, 12:15 p.m.

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