Flowers will be closing back up soon as we head into fall, but the best time for shrubbery and plant roots to grow is in the fall. To let the community in on these well-kept secrets and help prepare for the winter, the Hall County Master Gardeners will be hosting their annual Fall Garden Expo Sept. 29-30.
Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center will feature 40 vendors with a variety of gardening favorites such as plants, woodworking, glassworks, pottery and tools.
Hall County Master Gardeners Fall Garden Expo
When: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30
Where: Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center
How much: $2 per adult, children free; free parking
Contact info: 770-535-8293, www.hallmastergardeners.com/fall-expo.
“As the weather turns cooler, it’s the ideal time to plant. It’s more pleasant to be outdoors and when you plant in the fall, plants, trees and shrubs have more time to become established and grow strong roots without the stress of heat and drought,” said Liz Dietz, president of the Hall County Master Gardeners.
Fall Expo Chair Brandy Pethel said that planting in the fall “results in better plants come spring that tend to live longer.”
“We will have more than just plants at the expo,” Pethel said. “There will be pots, planters, compost and landscape designers. This event can solve all your gardening needs.”
Pethel said the expo is a “great way to support local small nurseries.”
New this year, Brad Beldon Japanese Maples, Beech Hollow Wildflower Farm and Heritage Greenhouses will join local vendors. Returning vendors include Horizons Limited Tools, Joseph’s Colours, Fern Ridge Farms, Singing Hills Antiques, IG Nursery, Garden Harmony Design, Randy’s Perennials and Water Gardens and Lanier Nursery and Gardens
“This event is not just for seasoned or professional gardeners; it is for home gardeners,” Pethel said. “We expect about 1,100 people over the two-day event.”
There will be speakers each day. Topics presented Friday are “Getting Started on Composting” at 11 a.m. by Amanda Tedrow from the UGA Extension-Athens/Clarke County and “Gardening Habits to Help Save Our Bees” by Bob Bradbury from B&B Enterprises at 1 p.m. On Saturday, Carin Booth from the UGA Extension-Hall County will present “Preserving Local Flavors for the Offseason” at 11 a.m., followed by Odis Sisk from Global Tree Preservation presenting “Basic Organic Gardening” at 1 p.m.
Carts will be available to borrow to make shopping easier. There is a holding area for shoppers to place goodies while they head back into the shopping arena.
Proceeds from the expo will go toward various projects of the Master Gardeners. Projects include community gardens, the Youth Gardening Program at a number of schools and educating new Habitat for Humanity homeowners about lawns and gardens.
Gates open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30. The arena is located at 1855 Calvary Church Road in Gainesville. There is a $2 per adult admission fee. Children are admitted free.