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Second Annual Garlic Festival is Sept. 2 at Botanical Center

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Kelly McGowan displays a portion of the garlic crop grown by Master Gardeners of Greene County in the Demonstration Gardens.

Kelly McGowan displays a portion of the garlic crop grown by Master Gardeners of Greene County in the Demonstration Gardens. A garlic festival is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Botanical Center.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Join University of Missouri Extension for the “Second Annual Garlic Festival” from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, Mo.

The workshop will include presentations by Patrick Byers, a University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist, Kelly McGowan, a horticulture educator with MU Extension, and Dr. Pam Duitsman, a nutrition specialist with MU Extension.

Garlic production – including how to choose the best garlic strain, planting and caring for garlic, and the harvest and storage of garlic – will be addressed in presentations.

Data will be also presented on 25 trial varieties grown at the Botanical Center Gardens (see harvest at right) and the evening will conclude with a garlic tasting. There will also be several different strains of garlic for sale in time for fall planting.

There is a cost of $10 per person for the program and advance registration is requested. The registration form can be found online at extension.missouri.edu/greene.

 

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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