CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The annual garden festival at the Culture Center on May 4 features a historical theme in celebration of West Virginia's 150th birthday. Speakers will discuss tips for growing heirloom flowers and vegetables and creating garden sanctuaries.Vendors will offer native plants, as well as seeds, plants, herbs, homemade soaps and home and garden decorations, including pottery and fountains.All workshops and other activities are free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Culture Center at the state Capitol Complex.At 11 a.m., Doug Jolley, who works for the Plant Industries Division of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, will discuss the native orchids that grow in West Virginia and their relationship to the Appalachian culture.At 12:30 p.m., Brian Hartsock, operating manager for the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants at Monticello, in Charlottesville, Va., will discuss antique fruit varieties of apples, peaches and grapes grown at Monticello, where gardening experts specialize in preserving antique and heirloom plants introduced into American horticulture before the 20th century.
Hartsock, who graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, in Beckley, and from West Virginia University, will cover the fruits' history, uses, propagation and pest and disease problems.At 2 p.m., Chris Higgins and Amy Williams will talk about how to create a garden sanctuary. Higgins owns Plant and Gnome, a garden nursery in Charleston. Williams is a therapist and owner of Amy Williams Wellness, in Charleston.Vendors will include By the River Creations, Hardscrabble Enterprises, Kanawha County Master Gardeners, Kanawha Urban Ag Alliance, Kanawha Valley Beekeepers Association, Lisa's Gardenscapes, Manna Meal, Meadow Flower Greenhouse, Monticello, Native Plant Revival, North Hills Nursery, Plain Jane's Country Cookin', Rampsalt.com, SAGE Initiative, Teresa Eskins Tole Painting, West Virginia University's Kanawha County Extension Service, and Windbeam Way Nursery.Kanawha County 4-H clubs will sell light food and refreshments.The festival is sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. For more information, email Caryn.S.Gresham@wv.gov
or call 304-558-0220.