The snowy winter probably has many people rooting for spring, and the annual Garden Expo in Fairfield is one way to plant a few seeds for dreams of greener days.

For the 13th year, the Garden Expo will be held at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, 785 Unquowa Road, on March 19 and 20. The event will feature more than 90 exhibitors of home and garden products and specialty items.

One of the highlights of the expo will be Wayne Demoranville, a chainsaw carving artist who will give live demonstrations and talk about his craft. The Massachusetts native started out as a mason, and when considering a career change, went to a fair and saw another chainsaw carver in action. Demoranville appears at fairs and takes part in competitions. His creations range from animals like bears to the fanciful, like mermaids.

"This year will prove to be another great start to spring for gardeners and homeowners," said Gay Gasser, co-chairwoman of the Garden Expo. "Our exhibitors are carefully selected and every year combine to be the greatest display of exceptional items. From natural skin products to vintage garden accessories, this expo features products that appeal to everyone."

Exhibitors run the gamut from the Adirondack Bow Knife to Goatboy Soaps to Woodsong Herbals, with vendors peddling ways to control deer damage, reusable bags from recycled materials, gardening gloves and, of course, plants.

The official sponsor of the expo, REI in Norwalk, will demonstrate and display various rain gear apparel during the two-day event.

Proceeds from the Garden Expo will fund River-Lab, an environmental education program developed by the Mill River Wetland Committee over 40 years ago. The program is an environmental field study program for students in third through sixth grades in all the town's public schools. More than 160 volunteers guide over 3,500 students through 650 field study trips each year.

Expo hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 19 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 20. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens. For more information visit or e-mail

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