By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: April 2010
Committee member Dixie Grahlman checks out plants that will be provided by Southwood Nursery for the 14th annual Jenks Herb and Plant Festival.
The Jenks Garden Club takes it to the streets on Saturday, April 24, with the area’s biggest celebration of gardening. The Jenks Herb and Plant Festival, now in its fourteenth year, brings together plants of every variety, knowledgeable experts, live music, great food and lots of shopping, all in a small town, street party atmosphere.
Shoppers can browse through more than 100 booths that feature all the necessities for gardening success and lots of extras that make it fun. A huge assortment of standard and unusual herbs will be available, as well as annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees, vegetables, strawberry plants, roses, Bonsai, organic heirloom and open-pollinated herbs and plants, succulent dish gardening plants, and water gardening plants. Many new nurseries will present specialty items as well.
Gardening enthusiasts from five states are expected to pour into the area from Main Street, 1st through 3rd Streets, around the corner on 2nd Street and into the city parking lot on “A” Street. Some who attend annually say that the Jenks Herb and Plant Festival is the only place they can find their favorite plants.
The festival even has plants that last a lifetime. A metal sculptor, new to this year’s program, is offering painted metal flowers that will brighten a garden year-round.
Other décor includes pots, signs, hanging baskets, iron works, stained glass, sun catchers, wreaths, mosaic items, bird houses, bat houses and butterfly houses. Shoppers will also find handmade gardening apparel, homemade soaps and lotions, African baskets, hats, and locally-made salsa, spices, bread and other baked goods, and Oklahoma wines.
Also new this year is the welcome banner across Main Street, courtesy of Citizens Security Bank of Jenks. To showcase the talent and entertainment that have grown with the festival, Reasor’s has provided the Reasor’s Festival Stage. Entertainment chair Mari Migliori says this is the first real stage the festival has had in its 14-year history. Nationally-recognized fiddler Jake Duncan will kick off the entertainment with the sounds of western swing. Celtic fiddlers and cloggers will also keep the crowd tapping and clapping.
Once again, the festival will provide Drop & Shop service for safe keeping of packages, a children’s playground area with a Garden Railroad, Jupiter Jump, face painting and other activities, pass-along plants from the Jenks Garden Club, and answers to all gardening questions from the Creek County Master Gardeners. Oklahoma Wild Flowers will offer information on where and when to see wild flowers at their best. To relax tired muscles, shoppers can enjoy a back and neck massage. Special chair massages will be available from students through the Jenks Community Massage Program.
The Jenks Garden Club uses its festival proceeds to give back to the community in beautiful ways, including pots of seasonal plants along Main Street and daffodil beds in various parts of the city. This year the club awarded its fifth scholarship to a Jenks horticulture student.
Sponsors for the event include Reasor's, Citizens Security Bank, Summit Apartments, Southwood Landscape and Nursery, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, BancFirst, Tulsa Teachers Credit Union, Integrity Printing, Wallace Properties, Kirk Crossing Church, Jenks Veterinary Hospital, P.C., Edward R. Jones, Dave Puckett Insurance Agency, Harris Chiropractic, GTR/News/Jenks Gazette, Peace Frogs, Reverie Skin Care, The Sign Maker, Woodland West Pet Resort/Animal Hospital, R&W Plumbing Contractors, City of Jenks, Jenks Baptist Church, Jenks Chamber of Commerce, Jenks Express, Jenks Public Schools, and Tedford Insurance.
Festivities begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, and continue until 5 p.m. The Jenks Kiwanis Club will be serving a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, across from the festival on “A” Street.
For more information, including vendor space availability, call the Jenks Garden Club at (918) 298-1013 or visit www.jenksgardenclub.com.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.