The 45th Annual Kansas Garden Show takes place February 21-23 at the Stormont Vail Events Center. It’s a showcase for horticulture in Kansas and this year’s theme is “Looking Back Is 2020”.

“Many exhibitors think back to how gardens were in the old days or how what you planted before affects now and how it has become,” said show promoter Leland Heifner. “It shows what you could do in your own living space outdoors.”

Ticket holders will have the opportunity to see the latest in lawn equipment and purchase seeds and plants, as well as tools and other gardening supplies. Local businesses are available to answer questions and share ideas on lawns, patios, pavilions, water features, fences, and landscaping. Heifner says there will even be demonstrations of chainsaw carving.

“This is a community event where children and adults can find something interesting,” he said. “You can find the most advanced expert on your DIY horticultural or home project, or someone to do it all for you.”

Organized in 1975, the garden show began promoting horticulture in the state. It is a collaboration between several volunteer organizations, commercial companies and government agencies, including the Shawnee County Extension Office.

“The Shawnee County Extension Office is a partner in running the show. You are responsible for the educational exhibitors and the seminars. They disseminate research-based expert information, ”said Heifner. “With their volunteer organization, the Master Gardeners, they help plan, set up, cast and dismantle the show. Without them the show wouldn’t be possible. “

Several educational seminars are planned for each day on topics ranging from dealing with pests in the garden to pruning trees to beekeeping and the health and conservation of the soil.

James Widman, owner of Cornerstone Landscape Studio, has participated in the Kansas Garden Show for 18 years.

“As contractors, we love being around people, showing off our talents and letting people know we are out there,” said Widman. “It’s really good for anyone trying to decide who to use for landscape services because you can get ideas and ask questions.”

FaerieTale Gardens, which specializes in quirky garden miniatures such as houses, bridges, ponds and gnomes for creating indoor and outdoor fairy tale gardens, will also be represented at the fair.

“People can see things they can’t see anywhere else, all in one area,” said owner Linda Warner. “You see an eclectic style of gardening.”

Warner’s booth will feature dragons, castles, princes and princesses this year, and she urges the public not to come out for any reason other than to get an early taste of spring.

“It is a great event in the middle of winter that brings hope and life to everyone who comes. It really lifts her spirits, ”she said.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $ 8 each day of the event, including free parking.

Children under 12 are free. Friday is Seniors Day and anyone over 55 can buy a ticket and get one for free.

Shanna Sloyer is a Topeka freelance writer. She can be reached at ssloyer@yahoo.com.