McCrory Gardens to host 2022 Garden Discovery Festival May 15

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BROOKINGS – South Dakota State University Extension and McCrory Gardens will host the 2022 Garden Discovery Festival from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center in Brookings.

Celebrated in public gardens across the country and funded by the 3M Eco Grant, the Garden Discovery Festival is part of the American Public Gardens Association’s National Public Gardens Week. 

The event will feature plant sales, interactive booths, guided garden tours and expert-led workshops featuring SDSU Master Gardeners, the SDSU Native Plant Initiative, the SDSU Local Foods Education Center and several other educational exhibitors.

 “There should be something for everyone,” said Kristine Lang, SDSU Extension consumer horticulture specialist. “This event will be a family friendly day to kick off the gardening season. After a slow start to spring, we know that everyone will be excited to be outdoors to see the spring blooms at McCrory Gardens, get some new plants for their gardens and learn new tips and tricks to use for the growing season.”

This year’s event will be the first Garden Discovery Festival that McCrory Gardens has hosted since 2019.

 “We are super excited to be teaming up with SDSU Extension this year to bring back this tradition,” said Lisa Marotz, director of McCrory Gardens.

For more information, contact Lang at [email protected] or 605-688-5796, or visit the American Public Gardens Association website at www.publicgardens.org or the McCrory Gardens website at www.sdstate.edu/mccrory-gardens.

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