The Gardening Club holds an annual Garden Show and Sale at Zilker Garden, and all members are encouraged to attend. Voluteers are always wanted to help with the set up and organization and also with the plant sales.
This year's Garden show will be held on: June 2-3, 2018. Plants can be dropped off at the Zilker Park Garden Center all day on Friday June 1 or on Saturday morning June 2, from 8:00 am - 9:30 am.
All entries must have been grown by the exhibitor and been in exhibitor's possession for at least 60 days prior to the show.
Entries will be accepted o Saturday, June 2, from 8:00 am until 9:30am.
Entries received after 9:30 am Saturday will be considered late.
All entries should be clearly marked with the plant name and exhibitor's name. Pots should be neutral in color and should not detract from the exhibit. Vegetables should be clean and of like size. See the rules for more details.
JUDGES will meet at 9:30am, Saturday in the library of the Austin Area Garden Center. Judging will commence at 10am.
SATURDAY June 2, will be opened to the Public after the judging of the plant entries is completed. Opens to the public from approximately Noon until closing 5:00pm. The show and sale will continue on Sunday June 3.
The 2018 tomato cultivar Red Robin, (Genus: Lycopersicon), is a dwarf plant only twelve inches high, and we will be displaying the entire plant in 10 in. pots.
There are two flower cultivars.
Genus: Platycodon grandifloras; Cultivar, Astra pink.
Commonly called balloon flower and Chinese bellflower. Large, balloon-like buds open into long-lasting, 3 in. wide, star-shaped flowers. The dwarf, 8-12 in. tall, plants are exceptionally bushy and branching, blooming heavily in summer. Astra series balloon flowers thrive in part sun or light shade. Plants are long-lived and bloom the first year. Astra balloon flowers are perfect for edging borders, or use in patio containers and window boxes. Winter hardy.
Seedling history: a single seed was planted on Jan 13 in a 3 oz cup containing a potting soil composed of 4 parts peat moss, 3 sand,1 perlite plus some gypsum and covered with clear plastic wrap; 96 cups were prepared and 75 sprouted (78% germination rate) between Jan 23-31 at 65-70Â°F; growth rate has been very slow and erratic but has improved significantly over the past two weeks. On Feb 3, twelve additional Astra Pink cups were prepared with two seeds in each cup. At the present time, Apr 22, there are 87 Astra Pink seedlings but they probably will not be ready for display in time for the June Show.
Genus: Tagetes patula: Cultivar, Alumia vanilla cream.
A 10-12 in high French marigold. Full Sun. Three plants to be displayed in an 8 in pot. Annual.
Seedling history: 100 marigold seeds planted in Jiffy Mix on Mar 28: seeds sprouted in three days, transferred 96 seedlings (96% germination rate) to 5 oz cups with homemade potting soil on Apr 4; will distribute to Cultivar participants at the April TGCOA meeting.