Thousands come to MSU Fall Flower and Garden Fest, Farmweek, Nov 13, 2015

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THIS OCTOB >> SPANN – THIS OCTOBER MARKED THE 37TH YEAR FOR ONE OF THE LARGEST EVENTS HOSTED BY MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION.

HELD AT THE TRUCK CROPS EXPERIMENT STATION OF MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY, THE FALL FLOWER AND GARDEN FEST OFFERS A WIDE VARIETY OF UNIQUE GARDEN ITEMS, PLANTS AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

FARMWEEK'S AMY TAYLOR-MYERS REPORTS FROM CRYSTAL SPRINGS.

>>>> TAKE PKG >> REPORTER: AMY TAYLOR MYERS IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEE THE LATEST IN FRUIT, FLOWER AND VEGETABLE GARDENING, THE FALL FLOWER AND GARDEN FEST IS THE PLACE TO GO.

THE EVENT PROMOTES HEALTHY LIVING AND HEALTHY GARDENING THROUGH A DIVERSE RANGE OF SEMINAR TOPICS, LIKE ORGANIC GARDENING, COOKING HEALTHY MEALS AND EVEN POND MANAGEMENT.

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION VEGETABLE SPECIALIST DOCTOR RICK SNYDER SAYS THE FEST IS A HOT-SPOT FOR EXPERT ADVICE.

>> RICK SNYDER, PHD, HORTICULTURE SPECIALIST, MS STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS GAINED IN POPULARITY THE MOST ARE THE WALKING TOURS, WHERE PEOPLE CAN GET A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE GARDEN ON A VERY SPECIFIC TOPIC, SUCH AS HERBS, VEGETABLES, TREE IDENTIFICATION, DISEASES, INSECTS.

THE EXTENSION SERVICE HAS A PRESENCE UNDER THE MAIN TENT WITH THE PLANT DOCTOR TABLE, SOIL TESTING, PLANT IDENTIFICATION.

AND THIS YEAR, WE DO HAVE THE COPIAH COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER WITH SOME DOGS THAT THEY'D LOVE FOR PEOPLE TO ADOPT.

" >> REPORTER: ON A WALKING TOUR, MSU EXTENSION HORTICULTURE SPECIALIST DOCTOR SHAUN BRODERICK SPOKE TO VISITORS ABOUT ONE OF HIS RESEARCH PROJECTS.

>> SHAUN BRODERICK, PHD, HORTICULTURE SPECIALIST, MS STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION I'M STARTING A BREEDING PROGRAM HERE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE TO BE ABLE TO DEVELOP NEW FLOWERS THAT CAN SPECIFICALLY GROW HERE IN THE STATE AND ARE WELL-ADAPTED TO OUR CLIMATE.

WE HAVE ABOUT 5,000 PEOPLE THAT COME DURING THESE 2 DAYS DURING THE FEST.

AND THEY COME FROM SCHOOLS, FROM THE COMMUNITY, FROM ALL OVER.

WE HAVE HERE MANY VENDORS, PLANT VENDORS THAT ARE SELLING PLANT MATERIAL, ALSO CRAFT AND ART TYPE ITEMS.

" >> REPORTER: VISITORS AT THE FEST ALSO ENJOYED WAGON-RIDE TOURS OF THE TRUCK CROPS EXPERIMENT STATION.

FROM CRYSTAL SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI, I'M AMY TAYLOR-MYERS, REPORTING.

>>> SG- GREENLEA BB >> FORD – THIS WEEK GARY.

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