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Master Gardeners strut their green stuff at Fall Expo
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Hall County Master Gardeners’ Fall Expo

When: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

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

How much: $2 admission per adult; children admitted free; free parking

Contact: 770-535-8293 or www.hcmgs.com

Expo speakers

Friday

10 a.m.: Why Plant Native with Cynthia Taylor

2 p.m.: Composting 101 with Michael Wheeler

Saturday

10 a.m.: All About Bees with Bob Bradbury

1 p.m.: Success with Herbs with Diane Korzeniewski

One of the largest garden shows in Georgia, the Hall County Master Gardeners’ Fall Garden Expo begins today and runs through Saturday.

Whether it is tools, hard-to-find plants and landscaping or just a little advice from greener thumbs you’re seeking, the expo will have a it all.

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.

Several vendors will be selling garden-themed arts and crafts, accessories and decorative items such as water features. And don’t forget to grab a few pots to go with those new plants.

Expo attendees can get answers for all of their gardening questions at the "Ask a Master Gardener Booth," or consult with some of the landscapers on hand about design and plant choice.

This year there are several master gardeners and certified professionals scheduled to discuss a wide array of topics including composting, beekeeping and the benefits of using native plants in the landscape.

Also featured this year will be representatives of Georgia Grown, an initiative introduced by the Georgia Department of Agriculture that helps market and increase demand for Georgia products.

Don’t worry about breaking your back carrying all those great purchases to the car. There will be helpers and carts on hand to haul away the goodies.

Pets aren’t allowed, but the expo is family-friendly. There will be a children’s area with games and face painting. Door prizes will be given away with garden trivia and raffles throughout the expo.

As always, all of the funds raised from the volunteer-run event go to support the master gardener programs in Hall County and the education of young master gardeners at local schools.

"The new motto for Master Gardeners is ‘Beautification through Education.’ This is one of their major fundraising efforts of the year with their focus being on gardening and horticulture education to the local community," Hall County Master Gardener Wanda Cannon said.

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

It also supports 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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