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Hall County Master Gardeners planning for fall season
Annual Fall Garden Expo set for Sept. 23-24 at Chicopee Agricultural Center in Gainesville
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Gwinnett County Master Gardener Robin Scott and Amy Rothenberg, a vendor from Randy’s Perrennials & Water Gardens, talk about plants at the booth at the Hall County Master Gardeners Fall Expo at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center last year. This year’s event will be Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24, in Gainesville.

Hall County Master Gardener’s Fall Garden Expo

When: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24

Where: Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville

Cost: $2 for adults, free for children

More info: 770-535-8293 or www.hallmastergardeners.com/fall-expo

With the seasons changing, it’s time to think about fall gardening plans. And fall is the best time to plant, Hall County Master Gardener Meg Pate said.

With that in mind, the Hall County Master Gardeners are presenting its annual Fall Garden Expo on Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1855 Calvary Church Road in Gainesville.

Admission is $2 for adults and children. Food is available to purchase. No pets allowed.

The expo is a way for those with green thumbs to get ideas for their home gardens. Possible concepts range from what fall plants and colors can be incorporated into the landscape to how to prep the garden for cold weather.

“You’re not buying a plant in the fall for what it looks like (right now),” said Pate, chairwoman for the 2016 Fall Garden Expo. “You’re planting it, so it can establish its roots and it can do its thing in the spring.”

She described it as one-stop shopping for the avid and amateur gardeners.

“It’s everything in one place,” Pate said. “You can go from compost to plants to the boots to the shovels to the pots.”

Organizers are expecting at least 35 vendors on hand to show their products and answer questions. Among vendors scheduled are those who specialize in tropical plants, native plants, composting, garden design and nurseries.

“We have very knowledgeable people, vendors from the area ... so the plants are going to be conducive to our climate,” Pate said.

In addition, several experts will offer their advice through free presentations. Four speakers are:

* Eleanor Craig of Fern Ridge Farms at 11 a.m.  Sept. 23, with a presentation called “What’s Old and New in the Fern Garden.”

* Hillary Thompson of Supersod at 1 p.m. Sept. 23, on “Lawn Care by Turf Type.”

* Jody Karlin of Just Add Water at 11 a.m. Sept. 24, on “As Your Garden Grows, Transplant & Divide.”

* Elaine Kelly of The Potting Shed at 1 p.m.  Sept. 24, on “Eye Catching Color All Year Long! Daffodils, Daylilies, Irises and Peonies.”

Hall County Master Gardeners host two expos each year — one in the spring and one in the fall.

“It’s for plant people, it’s everything to do with plants,” Pate said. “We love plants and we want to share this with everybody.”

Pate encourages everyone to give gardening a try. She says it’s great therapy and good exercise.

“For sure, it takes your mind off your problems,” she said. “You get out in nature and you just realize the beauty of it and the simplicity of it.”

The Pendergrass woman explained residents don’t have to have acres to create a beautiful garden. Therefore, she recommends potted plants on patios.

“You just got to be willing and you got to be creative,” she said. “Gardening is for old, young and anyone in between,” she said.

And whether you are a novice gardener or an expert, the Fall Garden Expo is the place to go.

“Whatever you need for your yard and your house we have it,” Pate said. “So come here and we can get it all done.”

For more information call 770-535-8293 or visit www.hallmastergardeners.com/fall-expo.

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