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Spring Garden Fair gets the green light after two years off posted on 04/01/2022

Sharon Andrews has seen some signs about more people getting involved in gardening, including taking walks around her neighborhood and noticing the time and energy people have put into their houses during the pandemic.

Those budding gardeners (and any others interested in plants) will have the chance to really kick things into gear at the 36th Spring Garden Fair, held by the Clackamas County Master Gardener™ Association on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds and Event Center.

The two-day event has drawn more than 7,000 people in the past (but was not held for the past two years due to the pandemic), and this year’s fair will feature 120 vendors offering plants, garden art, containers, tools, amendments and more.

“We’re super happy” said Andrews, who does publicity for the fair.

The fair started in 1984 when a member wanted to start a scholarship for students studying plants at community college, resulting in a fuschia sale. The event continues on with its charitable roots, being put on by only volunteers and with proceeds going to the association. Local school children also help raise money with “plant taxis,” wagons leased to people so they can easily cart their new plants and more around.

“The whole thing is based on fundraising for all sorts of people,” Andrews said.

The event will also feature a food court, a raffle, Master Gardener activities, a potting station and more. Admission is $5, with free parking.

Fair hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Clackamas County Fairgrounds and Event Center is located at 694 NE 4th Ave. in Canby. The fairground is a smoke-free facility, and no pets are allowed – service dogs only, please.

For more information, visit www.springgardenfair.org and www.cmastergardeners.org or find the fair's page on Facebook.

By Garth Guibord/MT





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