Wildflowers, edible gardens a focus of 31st annual Gardenfest

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Zionsville Master gardner Myrene Brown will explore the roots of Bloodroot, sanguinaria canadensis, during her Indiana wildflowers presentation at Gardenfest. (Submitted)

By Heather Collins

This year’s Gardenfest will focus on growing native wildflowers, planting edible gardens and garden gifts.

The 31st annual Gardenfest hosted by the Boone County Master Gardeners will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8 at the Boone Co. 4-H Fairgrounds.

The event will include 19 garden-related vendors selling garden art, gifts, flowers and herbs. Vendors include Greencycle of Indiana, Benedict’s Nursery, Davidson Greenhouse and Nursery, Fall Creek Farm, Indiana Wildlife Federation and the Indianapolis Rose Society. The event will include a used tool and garden item sale, free soil testing and door prizes.

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Master gardener, garden coach and owner of Myrene’s Garden, Myrene Brown of Zionsville, will present “The Good, Bad and Ugly of Indiana Wildflowers” at 10 a.m. Amy Mullen will present “Edible Landscapes” at 11:30 a.m. and Jane Diedrich will present “Moths and Native Trees” at 1 p.m.

Brown said during her Indiana wildflowers presentation, she will delve into how Native Americans have used them, medicinally and in their culture. She will also discuss what the plants do underground.

“Plants kind of lend themselves to people who have a curious mind, and there’s a lot of fun things you can do when you’re playing around with plants,” Brown said.

Brown said it’s becoming more important to plant native flowers in home gardens to make more habitats for pollinators.

Free native tree and shrub seedlings will be given out to the first 300 attendees.

Gardenfest will take place in the Farm Bureau Community Building at the 4-H Fairgrounds, 1300 E. 100 S. in Lebanon.

For more, visit mastergardenerboonecounty.org.