Jackson in Bloom
april 30

Jackson in Bloom is a celebration of spring at the courthouse square.  This event focuses on landscaping, gardening, earth-friendly products/services, pets, kids, and outdoor activities.  Get your hanging baskets and plants at the Jackson High School Plant Sale and other landscaping vendors, learn something about gardening and nature, and enjoy the food vendors and fun kids' activities.

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SILVER SPONSORS: The Bank of Missouri, Rinehart Insurance


  • Fuel: Brunch themed tacos, drinks, & merchandise

  • Ken's Ace Hardware: bbq samples and outdoor equipment demos

  • John Guild Chapter DAR: non-profit Wreaths Across America

  • Bub's Bees and Blooms: bouquets, cut flowers, dried floral art, flower seedlings

  • The German Cook: Authentic German food

  • Usborne Book & More: books

  • Cape Nature Center: Native plant info, invasive info, and kid's crafts

  • Jackson First Presbyterian Church: Kid's crafts

  • Fox Stoneware: Stoneware

  • Art by Marti: Art on cards and decor

  • A La Carte Catering: Pizza wood fire

  • Gravel Dogs Biscuits: breakfast fare (breakfast sandwiches, biscuits and gravy)

  • Glass Gardens by Stacey: plants

  • Scary Good Baking and Snack Co.: Bakery items, charcuterie cones and jars

  • Cassi Bock Landscaping and Flower Gardens LLC: plants

  • Simply Swirled: pre packaged frozen yogurt

  • Twice as Nice: Lemonade

  • Cape Girardeau County Master Gardeners: plant swap, seed swap, garden info, plant consultations 

  • Cape Girardeau County Extension: educational activities and materials to promote MU extension.

  • Bella Co.: homemade dog and cat treats, pet paw balm, dog bandanas w/owner matching scrunchie, dog deodorizing sprays 

  • Cripple Creek Boutique: boutique clothes, shoes, hates, and more

  • Riverbend Honey: honey

  • JHS Art Club: face painting

  • Berchman Wood Co.: wood products


Allison Cates is a local farmer-florist and owner of Bub’s Bees & Blooms. Since 2020, she has been growing seasonal, organic blooms from seed to stand at a local farm in Jackson. Bub’s

Bees & Blooms offers bouquet subscriptions, custom floral arrangements, and wholesale flowers for florists. Her blooms can be purchased online and are available for pickup at both Ground-A-Bout locations + Bon Bon’s Bakery in downtown Cape. Allison and her husband, Brian, are also beekeepers! They are passionate about incorporating native Missouri flowers into home gardens and using organic pest control to benefit pollinators. 

Come on by to hear Allison share some fun information about bees and other pollinators, as well as specific types of flowers that will attract + benefit them! 

Jennifer Behnken is the Community Forester for the Missouri Department of Conservation.  She assists communities in the southeast region with tree identification, tree planting and care, species selection, tree health concerns, risk assessment, pruning activities, providing technical assistance for sustainable urban forestry practices.  She also assists private landowners with forest management activities, including forest inventory, management plans, invasive species, prescribed fire, timber sales, tree plantings, and timber stand improvement.  Jennifer has her bachelor's and master's degrees in Forestry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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Scott Woodbury led development of the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve for 30 years. Scott currently teaches native landscape practices classes for Native Plant School, Grow Native!, St. Louis Master Gardeners and St. Louis Community College. He is a regular speaker, writer and consultant on native landscaping throughout the region.


He received a BS degree in horticulture at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and has worked at various public gardens including the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve, Tudor Place in Washington D.C., Old Westbury Gardens in New York, Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania and Castello Di Uzzano in Florence, Italy.


He currently serves as advisor to the horticulture program of St. Louis Community College, Grow Native! and Wild Ones St. Louis. Scott serves on the planning and review committees for the Partners for Native Landscaping conference and the small grants programs for The Deer Creek Watershed Alliance and MSD Project Clear.

Donna Aufdenburg, field specialist in horticulture with the University of Missouri Extension has been serving Missourians in the Southeast Region for 20 years. She teaches home and commercial horticulture. She lives just outside of Jackson with her husband and two 15 year old daughters. 

Coloring contest 2022
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Jackson In Bloom coloring contest. Click the picture to print the image and entry form. Have the kiddos color the image and return to the History Center by April 23, 2022 to enter the contest...Good Luck!

link to color page