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The sun is shining more often, the weather is getting warmer, and nature seems to be waking up after a brutal winter.

For people all over Johnson County, that means its time to get into their gardens.

The annual Garden Celebration will help them make the most of their flower beds, vegetable plots and landscaping. Vendors will be on hand to sell all of the equipment needed to make a healthy, bountiful garden. Local experts will discuss a variety of topics, including aquaponics, fairy gardens and cut flowers.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 in Scott Hall on the Johnson County fairgrounds in Franklin.

Admission to the celebration is $2 per person or the equivalent donation of a nonperishable food or toiletry item for the Interchurch Food Pantry.

The Garden Celebration is a joint effort by the Johnson County Garden Club and the Purdue Master Gardener Program of Johnson County.

Horticulturists will find free presentations on a variety of topics. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, who runs the website “The Hoosier Gardener,” will present information on how to arrange cut flowers in your home.

Residents can learn how to garden even after developing arthritis in a program by Amber Wolfe from the Arthritis Foundation.

Learning the language of flowers will be the focus of a seminar by Sue Nord Pieffer, greenhouse manager at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

All of the seminars are free.

Gardeners can make a day of the celebration, as breakfast, lunch and snacks will be available for purchase. Tree saplings and instructions will be given away while supplies last.

For more information, go to johnsoncountyfair.com/garden-celebration.

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