Apartment Garden Blues (Blog): The County Fair

Orange County Fair FlowersIn last week's blog, I talked about a neighbor winning first prize in cherry tomatoes at the fair a couple of years ago. Well, I’m excited that the fair is just a couple months away! The Orange County Fair is one of my favorite summer activities (in addition to the Huntington Beach Fourth of July parade, battling seaweed at Laguna Beach while swimming and watching a movie “on the lawn” at the OC Great Park in Irvine). The OC Fairgrounds year-round Centennial Farm is in full-swing once the fair rolls around, and during the fair the farm boasts lots of delicious food plants in their prime, information booths, gardening workshops, hands-on activities for kids (the ever-popular worm bin), a bonsai room, row after row of prize-winning vegetables from OC gardens and beautiful cut blooms and flower displays in the refreshingly air-conditioned bungalow next to the farm.

I attend the fair every year, and the gardening area is always my favorite. I always feel a bit jealous, though, when I see fantastic zinnias that I would never be able to grow because of my dark balcony garden conditions.

What’s your favorite thing to see at your local county fair?



Alexandra Martin is a professional writer from Southern California who grows vegetables, herbs, lots of aloe vera and one giant Boston fern in her balcony garden. She also grows dracaena, pothos and English ivy indoors. She loves traveling and birdwatching in addition to gardening.

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