"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses" - Hanna Rion

If you've got a bad case of spring fever, the Native and Heirloom Plant Fair will most certainly have the cure.

The free event will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Stephenville Museum, located at 525 E. Washington Street.

According to event organizer Russell Phau, the plant fair was started about 17 years ago by Stephenville Museum board members who believed that gardeners have an interest in saving their heirloom plants and sharing the seed and root stock with others.

From there, the fair grew into an annual event held in April. As its popularity grew, so did its size. The fair now includes guest speakers, a variety of plant vendors, assorted gifts, concessions and activities for children.

An informative presentation, "Heirlooms, Rainwater and Clay: Living Well in Clifton," will be held at 11 a.m.

Dr. Deb Tolman will tell the story of her transition from Portland, Oregon to an oat bin in Clifton using heirlooms year round, collecting rainwater, distributing grey water and building with cob to carve a niche in central Texas.

Phau said there is still room for additional vendor booths. To reserve a spot, call the museum at 965-5880.