Ah spring has arrived!  Sunshine and warmer days and the FarmGirls are digging in to spring planting. We are designing and installing vegetable gardens and landscapes.  We are also gathering and planning for one of our yearly events, the Ellis County Master Gardeners Lawn & Garden Expo.  

Saturday, March 29 Ellis County Master Gardeners will open the doors at the Waxahachie Civic Center for their one-day spring event. This fabulous show is orchestrated by some very dedicated Master Gardeners, strictly volunteers putting on the spring gardening event.  

We have had a booth at this event for many consecutive years and we will be there this year along with a hundred or so other venders.  

The Green Garden Club will have a booth inviting new memberships as well as many other special interest groups including Indian Trails Master Naturalist, Ennis and Ovilla Garden clubs, Texas Honey Bee Guild, Creative Quilters and The Blue Bird Society.

After this long winter and cold weather come out and be inspired as many talented landscapers and nurseries will use a postage stamp space to display amazing walk ways, garden features, water features and so much more.  

Garden products, yard art will be for sale. Brim Seed Company and Homestead Gristmill will bring their products from Waco.  R&E will return this year with their beautiful plant material that includes a great assortment of herbs to be purchased.  

As you stroll up and down the aisles you will most likely find bird houses and bird feeders, artisan soaps and very unique yard art.  

There are some great educational opportunities available at this event.  Jenny Wegley, Dallas Arboritum will present “Trial by Flower,”  Dr. Ridlon Kiphart, with  Monarch Watch, “Invite a Monarch to Lunch” and Ellis Master Gardeners  Arlene Hamilton and Susan Clark will present “Foods and Flavors of the Southwest.”

The FarmGirls are building planter boxes to display our olla pots.  These red clay, urn-like jars are buried in the soil and will irrigate up to a four foot area. The pots have been fired to a perfect temperature that allows a slow release of the 2 gallons of water the pot will hold. It comes with a lid that will discourage mosquitos.  

We also, just received a shipment of our colorful, fun and garden fashionable overalls with cushy knee pads that gardeners will appreciate.  

We will be sharing our fragrant essential oils and have sign- up sheets for our upcoming educational classes including the six week vegetable garden classes.

Our newest addition we will be showcasing at our booth are “Mighty Matos.”  This is a grafted tomato, showing great promise for Texas gardeners.

Xrisi Soderquist from Midlothian will be working with us and she is a creative genius. She is calling her colorful garden art, “Music in the Garden,” we refer to them as “Golden Oldie.” She has recycled old record albums into colorful flowers for the garden. It is too cute and a must see!  

FarmGirls of Garden Inspirations, a garden education company are Marilyn Simmons and daughter, Donelle Simmons. You can email us at farmgirls@gardeninspirations-tx.com and join our weekly email by signing up through our website: www.gardeninspirations-tx.com, like us on Facebook! Tune in every Friday at 1 p.m. to the FarmGirls Organic Radio Show on KAAM 770 AM.