This is a free, drive-thru event. No pre-registration is available. Please enter the parking lot from the 21st Street entrance.
For the Community Bloom & Grow Event the Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners will be offering free gardening kits to the community, filled with live plants, seeds, and bulbs. Participants will have the opportunity to pick from one of two themed garden kits – a Vegetable Garden Kit or a Pollinator Garden Kit. Each kit contains free plant material and provides information on growing the plants, online resources, and other fun giveaways.
The drive-thru-only Community Bloom & Grow Event will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 21st and Ridge Road in Wichita, Kansas. Kits will be given away on a first come first serve basis, and are limited to one kit per household. A total of 500 Vegetable Garden Kits and 500 Pollinator Garden Kits are being planned for this event.
The garden kits will help first-time gardeners find success with gardening, and expand the gardening skills of longtime gardeners by providing fresh produce and support for pollinating insects throughout the Sedgwick County Community.
Both garden kits will highlight parsley, selected as the 2021 Herb of the Year by the International Herb Association. Parsley is both a well-known essential kitchen herb and an essential plant for the pollinator community. Parsley is one of the Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly larvae’s primary food sources, whose caterpillars feed on the leaves of parsley and other plants in the carrot family including dill and fennel. To help provide additional information on Parsley, the Herb Society of South Central Kansas will be on site during the event.