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Get gardening tips at fair

Inspiration and tips galore await gardeners at the Spring Fair in Puyallup this week. The Garden Show encompasses 16,000 square feet of booths, gardens and displays, according to garden coordinator Andrea Bosley.

Here are the top things not to miss:

1. Display gardens: Visitors can see a container garden featuring spring flowers by Vassey Nursery in Puyallup, a landscape by Clover Park Technical College and a container garden by the Washington State University Pierce County Master Gardeners.

2. Gardening celebrities: Ciscoe and Marianne Binetti, whose column appears in The Olympian, will headline the expert gardening workshops on the Garden Show Stage. On Saturday, Ciscoe will broadcast his KIRO Radio show, “Gardening with Ciscoe,” live from the fair starting at 10 a.m., and answer audience questions starting at noon. On Sunday afternoon, Binetti will lead workshops on “How to Eat Your Front Yard,” “Incredible Edibles” and “Container Gardening.”

3. Floral displays: Commercial florists will assemble gorgeous blossoms and greenery into displays based on the theme, “Napa Valley.” Wild orchids, lavender, jasmine, honeysuckle and other plants found in California’s famed wine country or in the Mediterranean promise to delight the nose and eyes.

4. Information booths: Nonprofit gardening groups will dispense advice. Gardeners can learn bonsai basics at the Olympia Bonsai Club booth. Puyallup Valley Rose Society members can recommend which roses grow best in the Northwest. Visitors can see live bees at the Pierce County Beekeeper display or watch koi swim in the Puget Sound Koi Club’s pool. The Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers will share tips on nurturing your own huge pumpkin. The Pierce County Master Gardeners will be out in force, giving demonstrations on stage and at their booth on topics ranging from “Growing Fuchsias” to “Square Foot Gardening.”

5. Stuff to buy. Choose from an array of garden-related wares. Vendors’ merchandise will include garden flags, flower bulbs, plants, ornamental trees, gardening tools, antique wheelbarrows, gardening books, flower pots, vases, water containers and much more.

Debby Abe: 253-597-8694

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