FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2021
After much thought and consideration, the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show board has voted to no longer hold our annual Arkansas Flower and Garden Show.
We appreciate the support of exhibitors, board members, volunteers, and guests who have supported and participated in the show over the past 30 years.
It is, indeed, an end to and era. Former board member and long-time show supporter Janet Carson explains the decision making process the AFGS board went through to make the difficult decision. Read the article here.
Celebrating our 30th Anniversary, the Arkansas Flower & Garden Show, a nonprofit organization, is the largest three-day celebration of gardening in the state. The goal of the show has been to cultivate an interest in the Natural State through what is grown for beauty and sustenance. Visitors come to learn about gardening and shop for their homes and gardens.
Because of COVID, we have decided to change this year’s event into an online event as the Arkansas Flower and Garden Contest where the winner’s work will be showcased through videos. We are announcing the contest on KARK & Fox, Wednesday, Jan 27th. You can see more information below.
We hope to return to the annual in-person shows next year.
2021 ARKANSAS FLOWER and GARDEN CONTEST
Contest Runs from February 1st through May 31st
Winner Announced July 1, 2021
Profession Design and Non-Professional Design
Participants will make a video of their garden for submission and then send it to the AFGS. We will select the top five for each division. Those 10 videos will be on our YouTube/Patreon video page for people to view for $10. We will run a banner ad under the Grand Prize winners’ videos with sponsors’ contact information.
This is the show’s 30th anniversary. We are a non-profit that supports the Greening Grants of Arkansas and AFGS Scholarship program. The traditional show of the past was canceled because of COVID-19.
Professional design $75 Non-Professional $25
Additional Contest Information:
- The prize package will be announced soon
- P. Allen Smith is going to be our “Guest Judge”
- AY Magazine is running our 2-page spread in it’s Feb edition
- A press release will go out to all extension offices
- We are on the February agenda for Pulaski County Master Gardeners
GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
The Arkansas Flower & Garden Show is dedicated to improving the lives of Arkansans by providing funding for community beautification projects through the Greening of Arkansas grant program.
The Arkansas Flower & Garden Show funds scholarships for full-time students who are attending a university or community college in Arkansas and majoring in horticulture or a related field.