The Waxahachie Civic Center was buzzing with activity as shoppers came out to the Ellis County Master Gardener Lawn and Garden Expo. Shoppers could find a wide variety of products that were on display to get their home ready for spring on Saturday.
“Today we have all kinds of things for lawn and garden. We have plants, we have arbors and we have lawn equipment. We have the Master Gardeners talking about the herbs of the southwest and we have the monarch butterfly presentation,” Expo Chairperson Gail Cosgrove said. “We have more than 132 vendors here in this space and it is packed as usual. We always have close to 5,000 people each year. Hopeful we will get that a least that this year. From the looks of it this morning we are doing great.”
Cosgrove said some of the funds that are raised from this event would go to help provide scholarship for high school students.
Owners of Jams, Jellies and more Tommy and Shirley Jones were one of the many vendors that were taking part in Expo on Saturday.
“We make some of everything. If you get it in a grocery store you can get it here. We make all kinds of Jams, jellies and pickles. My favorite is the apricot and strawberry jam,” Tommy said. “We also do picked green beans, jalapeno and bread and butter pickles. We do it al.”
Tommy said the most popular item with customers at the expo have been the jams. He also wanted to encourage people to continue to support local business by attending the Downtown Waxahachie that starts Saturday, April 5 where he is one of the many vendors.
People attending the expo out purchase plants for their gardens through the Master Gardeners Plant show or through several local businesses, law mowers, decorative items to improve the look of their lawns, birdhouses and a variety of food items.
Owner of Just Nuts Kate Odell was serving up tasty treats to many people who stopped by her booth.
“We serve a variety of nuts here. Our specialty is cinnamon roasted pecans and almonds,” Odell said. “They are made fresh and from scratch and are not a mix with most of the ones you would find in the mall or with vendors on the street. Ours is a specific recipe.”
Odell said it takes around 45 minuets to make a batch of cinnamon roasted pecans and they sell out very quickly.
Maypearl Resident Vickie Heath was at the expo purchasing plants for her garden. Some of the plants she had purchased included tomato, squash and cucumber plants. One of the secretes Heath uses to growing plants in her garden comes from her grandmother. Heath said she places a banana peal and little sugar in the hole before plating a tomato plant. She said that is something her grandmother told but doesn’t know if benefits the plant.
Waxahachie Resident Angela Jones was attending the expo with her husband Jason. They came up to expo not only see the plants but to bring home some idea to incorporate into their yard. Some of the ideas the they are looking include adding an arbor or possible a back yard kitchen.