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A gathering of green thumbs: Spring Garden Expo provides plants, products, expert advice
Jenny Zimler picks out a few annual plants for sale during the 2017 Hall County Master Gardeners Spring Expo at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.

Hall County Master Gardeners will play host to more than 50 vendors during its 16th annual Spring Garden Expo April 6-7 at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.

A total of 52 vendors are scheduled to participate, said Liz Dietz, the 2018 Spring Garden Expo chairwoman.

Hall County Master Gardeners Spring Garden Expo
When: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7

Where: Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville
How much: $2 for adults; children free
More info: 770-535-8293,

Dietz said there will be a variety of plants for sale, including perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees and other native plants.

“Anything you buy from a local vendor is acclimated to this climate, and you can also talk to the grower in many cases, and you’d be able to ask and they will answer questions,” she said. “You’ll be talking to someone that knows about the product.”

Marjorie Waters of Clarkesville browses through plants for sale during the 2017 Hall County Master Gardeners Spring Expo at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.

But there will also be other products available besides plants.

“We have quite a variety of vendors that will be attending,” she said. “We also have people selling garden tools, pottery (and) natural soaps.”

Dietz said the event serves as one of the nonprofit’s key fundraisers.

“This is one of our main fundraisers to support our projects, which include things like our youth gardening projects, the Gardens on Green, the Victory Garden, the Wilshire Trails Garden and a lot of other things that are done throughout Hall County,” she said. “We do one (expo) in the spring (and) one in the fall.”

With the mission to “increase the gardening knowledge of the public,” the Master Gardeners are bringing four speakers to the event to address topics such as changing weather and what kind of plants to put in a shady yard.

“In addition to that, the Hall County Master Gardeners staff will have an ‘Ask a Master Gardener’ booth,” Dietz said. “So you can bring in your weeds or plants and we’ll answer questions.”

Dietz said the event is for anyone interested in gardening

“It’s a fun place to meet other gardeners and to share ideas and to share experiences with other people that are also interested in gardening or interested in their lawn and also to talk to people that do this for a living,” she said.