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Spring Brings Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show

Butterflies add color wherever they go. On Saturday, March 30, during the 21st annual Hill County Lawn and Garden Show, butterfly aficionado Sheryl Yantis will discuss what to plant to attract butterflies and share other tips on butterfly behavior that you can use to draw them to your garden. Courtesy photo by Sheryl and Robert Yantis

With spring in full swing, it’s time to turn our attention to our lawns and gardens. And a great place to get ideas, plants, and gear is the Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show.

The Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association is hosting the 21st annual event on Saturday, March 30, at the Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St. The event is 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and admission is fee.

The Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show is perfect for gardeners of all levels — from the person just learning to turn dirt to the most experienced. A great thing about the show is it gathers years and years of gardening experience under one roof.

Throughout the community center, you’ll find booths filled with gardening supplies and plants ready for you to purchase and take home. There will be native plants, succulents, vegetables, houseplants, and more.

At each booth, you can even pick the brains of the folks there to get the best information on gardening.

On top of that, the Master Gardeners will have a booth filled with knowledgeable members just waiting for your questions.

And the children’s booth is always a big hit.

The show includes three programs to dig a little deeper into the popular topics of tomatoes, wildflowers, and butterflies.

At 9:30 a.m., Master Gardener and tomato guru Ricky Lane will present his program, “Tomatoes 101.” Lane will share secrets to growing tomatoes and remove the mystery of getting the best ones from the vine or bush.

Then, Sheryl Yantis takes the stage at 11:30 a.m. with her program “Hill Country Wildflowers and More.” She’ll share information on planting wildflowers and encouraging them to grow. She and her husband, Robert, have a deep love for gardening and native plants, something they share around the Highland Lakes.

At 12:30 p.m., Yantis will present another colorful program, “Let’s Talk Butterflies.” She’ll discuss how to attract butterflies and share other facts about these amazing winged creatures. If you’re interested in attracting more butterflies to your yard and garden — and who isn’t? — then you’ll definitely want to attend.

Whether you’re looking for a few ideas, already have a handle on your spring garden, or just wonder what the difference between a queen and monarch butterfly are, the Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show is for you.

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