September 20—If your inspiration for next season’s garden suffers from a dry spell, the odds are in your favour. The Hall County Master Gardeners Fall Show is scheduled for this weekend.
From September 23-24 at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville, the two-day event will feature more than 30 vendors of annuals and perennials, trees, shrubs, vegetables, garden art, hardware and other garden accessories.
Hall County Master Gardeners 2022 Fall Garden Show
When: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24
Where: Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville
How much: $2 for adults, free for children
More info: hallmastergardeners.com/fall-expo
Vendors not only represent the state of Peach, but also some of its neighbors – something Vic Flock, show chairman and president-elect of the Hall County Master Gardeners, attests to the reputation and success of the event.
“With gas prices the way they are, they know it’s such a good show that they’re willing to come from Alabama and South Carolina to get here,” he said. .
In the speaker’s tent, a series of garden experts will take the microphone to offer their perspective on the basics of food storage, handling invasive plant species in North Georgia, collecting and preserving seeds and maintenance of perennials from spring and summer to fall.
Presentations are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
While the program’s spring exhibition tends to draw slightly more people than its fall counterpart, the latter is the perfect time to start planning and planting next year’s garden, laying down some roots. before the summer heat.
“Maybe it’s this instant gratification (that) all the plants are blooming (at the spring display) and I can plant them in the ground and I can see them and they’re beautiful right away,” Flock said. . “But fall really is the best time to plant because the leaves aren’t competing with the roots now. The soil is still warm and the roots will grow beautifully. If you want a blooming forsythia or a blooming azalea in the spring, well, you put (the bulb) in the ground in the fall.”
Excitement for the biannual event is only growing, Flock added, as next year marks its 20th anniversary in Hall County.
Since its inception, the exhibit has reflected the motto of the Hall County Master Gardeners, “beautification through education”, offering the community a chance to not only purchase plants to beautify their landscaping, but also to “learn” about some of the best gardening. practices and find answers to pressing questions.
Participants don’t need to have a green thumb, Flock said, just a passion for plants.
Admission is free for children and $2 per adult, which goes to support Hall County Master Gardeners’ various projects, such as its Youth Gardening Program to train the next generation of gardeners in the local school system. .
For more information, visit hallmastergardeners.com/fall-expo or contact Hall County Master Gardeners at 770-535-8293 or [email protected]