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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The 23rd annual Arkansas Flower and Garden Show benefits educational scholarships to Arkansas horticulture students and beautification programs across the state, features 80 vendors, a display garden competition, demonstrations, how-to sessions and silent auction.

Show times are Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at theStatehouse Convention Center

The Arkansas Flower and Garden Show is more than just the annual show in February. It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance gardening and beautification in Arkansas, promote local horticultural businesses and educate the public about gardening, landscaping and floral design. Proceeds from the silent auction and the general show provide educational scholarships in horticulture-related fields to students in Arkansas colleges and universities. Since the show began in 1992, the nonprofit organization has awarded more than 30 scholarships to students studying horticulture and landscape architecture in Arkansas.

In addition, proceeds support the Greening of Arkansas grant program, which provides grants for community beautification projects throughout Arkansas. More than $40,000 has been given in the last eight years to communities to beautify public areas such as parks, community entrances and schools.