Gardening expert Reeves making annual trek to McDonough

Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

Are you vexed by your vegetable garden?

Perhaps you’re lamenting your lawn?

If you want to know how to solve these and related issues, the answers could be just around the corner, at the Henry County Farmers Market.

Reeves is shown demonstrating how to prune a blueberry bush during his visit last year. Photo by Nick Vassy

Radio personality and gardening expert Walter Reeves will make his return to the Farmers Market Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., to talk with local residents about their gardening concerns. The market is located in the Jason T. Harper Event Center at Heritage Park, 101 Lake Dow Road in McDonough.

This week will mark Reeves’ third appearance at the Henry market, says Frank Hancock, agriculture and natural resource agent for the UGA Extension Office in McDonough.

Hancock describes Reeves as “a leading authority on gardening questions,” and says local residents have benefited from Reeves’ knowledge over the years.

“A lot of people call Walter with their questions,” says Hancock. “There are people who come to the market just to see him and ask him their gardening questions, that sort of thing. This just gives them a chance to meet him in person.”

Reeves, a 20-year radio gardening veteran and a retired agent for the University of Georgia Extension, is the host of “The Lawn and Garden Show with Walter Reeves,” each Saturday from 6-9 a.m., on AM 750 WSB radio. The Fayette County native has authored nine gardening books during his career and has written a weekly column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is also recognized as a supporter of the university’s 4-H and Cooperative Extension organization, having previously been a 4-H camp counselor and adult leader. Reeves is currently a member of the Master 4-H Club.

The Farmers Market is open on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items featured at the Farmers Market include fresh produce, vegetables, baked goods, pet treats, soaps, honey and woodworking products, with a focus on promoting food grown by local farmers.

For more information, call 770-288-8421.