The Lawn and Garden Show

Gardeners in the Ozarks always welcome the annual Lawn and Garden Show in Springfield, Missouri, the first major gardening event of the year and a colorful warmup to spring and the new gardening season.
      We should say that the information here is from the 2005 Lawn and Garden Show and so isn't necessarily current. We provide it only to give a sense of the character of the event. As each year's show approaches in February, more timely information will appear in our Today's Notes section.

Earthen colorsEarthen colors
Certainly one of the most colorful, most-admired displays in the 2005 Lawn & Garden Show was the All About Nature booth, with chimeneas, pots, and decorative goodies galore in warm earthen colors. Would these work in your garden?
A touch of whimsyA touch of whimsy
All About Nature's wares come in a wide range of intriguing--and definitely amusing--shapes and colors.
All About NatureAll About Nature
Gina Boyd Burgess greeted guests for All About Nature. The company also sells mulches and stone for the garden.
Springfield Seed CompanySpringfield Seed Company
Guess why they call this company "The Springfield Seed Company."
Wild Birds UnlimitedWild Birds Unlimited
Wild Birds Unlimited brought everything from feeders for all kinds of birds to birdbaths, seed, nesting boxes, and--holy ribbet!--even giant frogs.
Computer-age gardeningComputer-age gardening
This computerized scene suggests there's no moss growing on the landscape designers at Ozark Outdoors Nursery.
Ozark Outdoors NurseryOzark Outdoors Nursery
This little girl was ready to jump right into the Ozark Outdoor Nursery rock pond and plantings. This colorful display also won a prize in the visitors' "People's Choice" voting--a second place trophy and a cash prize.
Rubber mulch?Rubber mulch?
The crew at the Rubberific! display were glad to show us a product we've been most curious about but had never seen--rubber mulch made from recycled truck tires. We like the ecology of the deal, but what does it look like? See below.
'Redwood' rubber mulch'Redwood' rubber mulch
We don't know about you, but we were amazed by the fresh, realistic appearance of the 'redwood' mulch. Can this really be recycled truck tires? They swear it's true.
'Cypress' rubber mulch'Cypress' rubber mulch
We were no less surprised by the appearance of Rubberific!'s 'cypress' mulch. The fair folk told us that the mulch costs roughly three times as much as the real thing, but that it lasts 20 years in the garden. The product also comes in Earthtone, Cedar, and Weathered Oak colors.
Help with RecyclingHelp with Recycling
This City of Springfield display detailed the best recycling alternatives in the area. It also provided Missouri University Extension materials on Missouri wildflowers, growing native plants, how to make and use compost and mulches, and other topics.
Compost & mulchesCompost & mulches
The City of Springfield display even provided samples of the yard waste compost, fine-textured wood chip mulch, and regular wood chip mulch available at the recycling center west of the city.
Wildwood Landscape and DesignWildwood Landscape and Design
Landscape designer and architect Kelly Hayes's company created this attractive water feature and surrounding plantings for the show. Not surprisingly, it was another winner in the "People's Choice" voting, being awarded a third-place trophy and a cash prize.
Wickman's Garden CenterWickman's Garden Center
Wickman's Garden Village, one of the oldest and most popular nurseries in Springfield, Missouri, showed everything from plants to patio furniture.
More Wickman'sMore Wickman's
Wickman's Pat Scammahorn answered a world of gardening questions, as did nursery manager Nikki Petitt. Nikki said the most common question she fielded is what to do about moles. "Sprinkling castor oil around the burrows definitely drives them away," she said. She also has some, ah, less merciful remedies.
417 Magazine417 Magazine
Gary Whittaker, publisher of Springfield, Missouri's colorful 417 magazine, also greeted show visitors.
Hilltop FarmHilltop Farm
One of the Ozarks' favorite nurseries any time and a perennial favorite (no pun intended) at the Lawn & Garden Show is the Cross family's Hilltop Farm nursery near Ash Grove, Missouri. Here Lindsay Cross has just explained how she recently made a real Medieval sword from a truck spring and is working on some chainmail armor. If you want to know about plants, she'll tell you about those, too.
An array of plantsAn array of plants
Hilltop Farm is also widely known for the cheery help its visitors can rely on from Candice, shown here, and other workers.
A rockin' good timeA rockin' good time
Ozarks gardeners love decorating with rocks, and the McMullen Landscape Center booth had plenty to see--and feel. The Springfield, Missouri, firm sells boulders, building and landscape stones, flagstone, and other building and landscaping materials.
Gravels, tooGravels, too
McMullen also showed several kinds of smaller rocks and gravel. The company also sells mulch, sand, compost, and topsoil.
Schaffitzel's GreenhouseSchaffitzel's Greenhouse
Ronda Bumgarner helped out at the Shaffitzel's Greenhouse booth. One of Springfield, Missouri's, oldest growers, Shaffitzel's brought loads of beautiful bedding plants to the show.
Ozarks Ornamental ConcreteOzarks Ornamental Concrete
David Fisher and Dana Vest's Ozarks Ornamental Concrete in Brighton, Missouri, spotlighted some unusual statuary, fountains, planters, and other decorative items for the garden.
Invisible FencingInvisible Fencing
Frolicking pets can do real damage in the garden, especially with water features and fish. The Invisible Fencing Company of Springfield, Missouri, offers an electronic solution that isn't visible and isn't a shock device. The owners are certified dog trainers as well as garden design consultants. In this photo the young lady greeting visitors to the booth is invisible, too.
ArborCare of the OzarksArborCare of the Ozarks
Sandy Harrel and her husband Kevin provide the services of certified arborists in their ArborCare of the Ozarks business, located in Springfield, Missouri.
The big chipperThe big chipper
ArborCare of the Ozarks comes equipped with this powerful Vermeer brush chipper, which looks like it does everything.
P & K IrrigationP & K Irrigation
Brian and Pat of P&K Irrigation cheerfully greeted visitors to the show. They specialize in designing and installing both residential and commercial irrigation systems. P&K also consults with customers who want to install their own systems.
Willow Tree EarthscapesWillow Tree Earthscapes
Adam and Melissa Millsap with their Willow Tree Earthscapes service do landscaping, water gardens, outdoor lighting, patios, and decks. Here Melissa shares some fun with her niece Emma.
Carson's NurseriesCarson's Nurseries
Neal Hayes greeted show visitors to the Carson's Nurseries booth. Carson's has two Springfield, Missouri, locations. Specializing in trees and shrubs, the nursery has its own tree farm and offers full landscaping services in addition to selling plants and other garden supplies.
Karen & Nancy's Iris and HostaKaren & Nancy's Iris and Hosta
Karen Day, co-owner of Karen & Nancy's Iris & Hosta near Willard, Missouri, welcomes show visitors. Karen & Nancy's offers over 2000 varieties of bearded, Louisiana, Japanese, Spuria (Butterfly), and Siberian irises, some 600 varieties of hostas, and even some specialty plants.
Sometimes Less is MoreSometimes Less is More
Nobody was manning (or womaning) this Conch Construction display at the time, but we just had to photograph a water feature that packs so much visual interest into such a tiny space.
Waters Blueberry FarmWaters Blueberry Farm
Julie and Matt Waters are the brains behind Waters Blueberry Farm in Smithville, Missouri. Julie says blueberries do wonderfully well in the Ozarks. The couple specialize in large (up to 4 ft. tall) blueberry plants that are ready to fruit this summer.
CNT IrrigationCNT Irrigation
Clay Starnes' CNT Irrigation specializes in automatic lawn sprinkling systems and landscape lighting.

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