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Hall master gardeners’ fall expo this weekend

Expo will offer plants, tools, crafts and advice

POSTED: September 22, 2011 11:00 p.m.
SCOTT ROGERS/The Times

Gardening enthusiasts browse through a large selections of plants and other gardening items for sale during last year's Hall County Master Gardeners' Fall Garden Expo at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.

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If you have been looking for just the right thing to add to your landscaping, chances are you'll be able to find it this weekend at the eighth annual Hall County Master Gardener's Fall Garden Expo.

"We're going to have a lot of cool stuff. We have more than 40 different vendors signed up," said Kimberly Riggan, Hall County Master Gardener and public relations chairwoman.

As is tradition, the expo will be held at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. It will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $2 per adult, with free entry for kids and free parking.

The group is calling the expo the "complete garden event."

"If you come to the expo, you're going to find a lot of native plants, winter blooming plants, grasses, garden tools and even some garden art," Riggan said.

"There will also be bulbs for planting this fall. Things like daffodils, irises and hyacinths."

Several vendors will be selling garden-themed crafts like gardener hats.

Pets aren't allowed, but the expo is family friendly. There will be a children's area with games and face painting.

If you see something you like, but aren't sure how to incorporate it into your garden, don't worry.

"There will be a few landscapers at the expo, so you can pick out the plants you want and let them help you with the design," Riggan said.

"We will also have the ‘Ask a Master Gardener Booth,' so you can get answers for all of your gardening questions."

If you happen to purchase more goodies than you can comfortably carry, organizers have got you covered.

"We'll have a plant holding area. So if people don't want to drag around their purchases with them, they can leave them there," Riggan said.

"We'll also have people available to help you load your purchases into your car and carts you can borrow. We're a very helpful group."

According to Hugo Kollmer, the fall expo is a pretty big deal for the master gardeners.

"This is (one of the) largest garden shows in Georgia and its manned entirely by volunteers," said Kollmer, who is the chairman of the fall expo.

"We use all of the funds we raise to support the master gardener programs in Hall County, especially the programs for the education of young master gardeners and school-aged children."

Among other things, the group sponsors Junior Master Gardener programs in nearly a dozen local schools.

They also support numerous community gardens, including the Cherokee Native American Garden at the Northeast

Georgia History Center and a portion of the Wilshire Parks gardens.

 



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