For a month now it’s been mum madness at the nursery as mums of all sizes, asters, cabbage, kale, violas and pansies are all the rage.  We have restocked with hundreds of mums this past week although stocks are very low to wiped out in some places.  No doubt that sales have been abnormally brisk even in the pumpkin, gourd and corn stalk departments as fall decorating seems to be a priority as temperatures cool down.

With many social gatherings and festivals cancelled this year, the Mum Fest in Barberton is no exception.  On our radio program “Ready, Set, Grow” on 1590 WAKR at 8 a.m., we will talk to all the folks that make the festival work including the Mayor of Barberton, William Judge.

The mum gardens around Lake Anna are starting to show good color and soon will be available for public viewing minus the fest as the number of visitors would make it impossible to achieve social distancing.  In fact, Lisa McLean who is the Barberton Parks and Recreation director related to me last year that if any more visitors than that weekend would come in they would not know what to do with extra tourists!

We’ll talk mums of course but also the challenges of putting on the fest for next year as major revenue sources from the sales of the mums to leasing space to vendors will be non-existent.  The mayor will give his perspective on the situation along with his aspirations for Barberton.

Hope you can listen and maybe win a $25 gift card for a question of the week.