Claremore Daily Progress

October 13, 2013

Fall Festival to benefit future teaching gardens site

Mark Friedel
Staff Writer


The Master Gardeners Association of Rogers County (MGARC) will host its annual Fall Festival and Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Rogers County Building, 416 S. Brady Street. 
Proceeds from the festival will benefit MGARC’s upcoming project the Teaching and Demonstration Gardens at Will Rogers Park. 
Plans have been made to build the garden on the former city pool site near the parking lot. The gardens will provide a location for educational outreach events, programs and fundraisers for the association. The project is one piece of the overall transformation to Will Rogers Park, which will include a large community playground and a veterans’ memorial next to the recently completed “splash pad.”
MGARC Co-President Ann Baker said the gardens will open up a beautiful location for residents and visitors to relax and enjoy the outdoors. 
Members met with city-hired architects in May to discuss area measurements and landscaping plans for the garden, and are currently raising funds to pay for the design of the site.
The fall festival is free to the public and will include local eats, area vendors, a pumpkin patch, face painting, square dancers, pet costume contest, raffles, door prizes, wiener dog races, balloon animals and a dunk tank featuring Sheriff Scott Walton and Rogers County Commissioner Dan DeLozier. MGARC members will be on hand to present canning and food, tree planting, and Do it Yourself Irrigation demonstrations.
As a non-profit volunteer organization MGARC works with Oklahoma State University to support the Rogers County Extension Office located in Claremore.
For more information on the Master Gardeners Association of Rogers County, call John Haase at the OSU Extension office (918) 341-2736 or email