Hall County Master Gardeners Spring Expo
When: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville
Cost: $2 for adults 18 and older
More info: www.hallmastergardeners.com
Plants, products and more available at spring garden expo
Gardeners, growers, potters and painters brought their outdoor products to Hall County this weekend.
The Hall County Master Gardeners Spring Expo began Friday morning and will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center at 1855 Calvary Church Road in Gainesville.
The expo is in the spring and fall and is run entirely by volunteers. It’s the main source of funds for the Hall County Master Gardeners, who run programs including the Junior Master Gardener programs at Hall County elementary schools and Gardens on Green.
The spring expo included the usual countless growers, nurseries and farmers coming from across Georgia and a few from neighboring states.
Debbie Caudle of Winder had an “Herbs by Deb” booth at the expo Friday.
“We have annuals, perennials, blueberry wishes and some vegetable plants,” Caudle said. “We have tomato plants, cucumbers and a lot of unusual herbs. We don’t have just your basic parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. We also have patchouli, Cuban oregano. About 60 varieties of herbs.”
The expo also had several vendors providing gardening tools and accessories, or locally made products.
Sharon Batchel of Serenity Gardens in Buford has participated in the expo as long as it’s been held at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center. She had a booth full of her jellies, jams, butters and more.
“We’re homegrown and homemade,” Batchel said. “We grow about two-thirds of what I put up, and what we don’t grow, I source locally. I’m a snob about my ingredients. I want to know how they were grown, where they came from. That’s how my momma raised me.”
Janet Byrd, owner of Wind Chimes with a Purpose, sold several wind chimes repurposed from vintage items. She strings delicate beads with silverware and salt shakers that tinkle in the wind.
“My biggest specialty or what I’m known for are my wind chimes,” Byrd said. “I use a lot of vintage tea pots, kettles and vintage candy tins from the 1950s and ’60s. I repurpose them and give them a new life. It’s really fun to do, and it’s most appropriate for the garden show.”
Elachee Nature Science Center also had a booth Friday with items from the center’s gift shop, and Judy Stock with the center said it’s a great opportunity to connect with the community.
“We’re just trying to be a little cheerful spot here amongst all the greenery,” she said. “It’s always nice to come, and we bring some of our information to pass out to people. People talk to us about all kinds of things with the center, and it’s a neat thing to do out in the community.”
Spring Expo chairwoman Lori Knutson said the expo is one of the best plant sales in Northeast Georgia.
It’s great for horticulture enthusiasts and novice gardeners alike, she said. Tickets for Saturday’s expo are $2 for adults 18 and older and free for children. Pets are not allowed.
For more information, visit www.hallmastergardeners.com.