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Annual Lawn & Garden Show celebrates Yards of Flavour

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Come experience the many flavourful delights of gardening at the 20th Annual Nashville Lawn and Garden Show, Thursday through Sunday, March 5-8, at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. 

The largest annual gardening event in Tennessee, the 2009 show, staged to the theme “Yards of Flavour,” will include an acre of live gardens, a series of 22 free lectures and cooking demonstrations, a floral design gallery featuring the work of the region’s best designers, and 250 exhibit booths offering the products, plants, services, and gardening supplies and equipment of vendors from 12 states. 

“For our 20th anniversary, we have  put together a show spotlighting gardens designed in a variety of  ‘flavours’ --  traditional Southern garden retreats, whimsical gardens, Asian-inspired gardens, and of course, tasty vegetable and herb gardens,” said Randall Lantz, co-manager of the show produced by the Horticultural Association of Tennessee. The 2009 show is sponsored by Regions Bank.

Lantz added, “Gardening is increasing in popularity as people look for ways to economize, get back to basics, go green, and do-it-yourself. The 2009 Nashville Lawn and Garden Show will be filled with exciting ideas, beautiful inspirations and many resources for doing all of those things. Plus, we have some special discount offers on tickets this year.”   

Locals to participate in show

Show Highlights

The acre of live showpiece gardens will be created by professional landscape designers to reflect the show’s flavourful theme. Many of the gardens will include water features, ranging from small fountains to large waterfalls, as well as elaborate structures such as rock walls, terraces, pergolas and gazebos. The free lecture series is very popular. At the 2009 show, there will be presentations on a variety of flavourful topics including:

• “Going Green: Supporting Your Local Organic Growers” presented by Hank Delvin, Delvin Organic Farms, College Grove, on Thursday, March 5, at 4 p.m.; • “Growing Old Southern Favorite Heirloom Tomatoes and Saving Seeds” presented by Marianna Jones, “The Tomato Queen”, Dickson, on Friday, March 6, at 11 a.m.; • “How to Grow Japanese Forest Mushrooms in Your Tennessee Garden” presented by Albert Bates and Frank Michael, Ecovillage Training Center, The Farm Community, Summertown, at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6.• “How to Prepare Healthy Greens with Simple Cooking Techniques: A Cooking Demonstration” presented by Merijoy Lantz Rucker and Cindy Chambers, Whole Foods Market, Nashville, on Saturday, March 7, at 5 p.m.

One of the show’s featured speakers will be nationally acclaimed garden expert and designer, Pamela Crawford, from Canton, Ga. Crawford is the author and co-author of eight gardening books and designer of more than 1,500 private gardens. Two of her books, Easy Gardens for the South and Easy Container Gardening, will provide the inspiration for her free lectures at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 6, and at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. In her presentations, Crawford will discuss how to create gorgeous, colorful gardens and container displays using low maintenance annuals, perennials and shrubs that thrive in hot, humid southern summers. Easy Gardens for the South and Easy Container Gardens will be on sale at the show. Crawford will also introduce her unique gardening containers and side planting forms at the show, which will be available for purchase.   The complete schedule for the series of free lectures is available at the show’s website www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com

In keeping with the show’s flavourful theme, there will be a 20th anniversary celebration reception in the gardens on Saturday evening, March 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  Come enjoy complementary Orange Mint Mocktails and local artisan cheeses hosted by Whole Foods Market and wine tastings hosted by Barefoot Wines.

Show Hours and Special Ticket Discount Offers

The 2009 Nashville Lawn & Garden Show will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. each day, except Sunday when the doors close at 5 p.m. Admission to the show is $10 for adults; $9 for seniors (age 65 & up) and $1 for children 12 and under. Four-day show passes are $15. Tickets may also be purchased at no additional cost for adult tickets through the show’s website www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com.

In addition, $2 off admission coupons are available (while supplies last) at the following Regions Bank locations in Wilson County:

• Lebanon at 715 W. Main Street• Mt. Juliet at 4116 N. Mt. Juliet Road• Mt. Juliet at 1477 N. Mt. Juliet Road

A variety of offers are available to purchase tickets at a discount:

• $2 discount coupons for show admission are available at participating branch locations of Regions Bank, the show’s sponsor; Region’s Bank discount coupons cannot be combined with any other discounts;  • $1 discount coupons for show admission are available on the Nashville Lawn & Garden Show website www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com. This discount coupon cannot be combined with any other discount offer. • On March 5, 6 and 7, beginning at 5 p.m., all tickets are buy one / get one free. Discount coupons cannot be used for the purchase of these tickets.   • Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more adults when purchased in a block at the ticket window. Discount coupons cannot be used for this purchase. 

All events are indoors and there is ample free parking. The show is fully handicapped accessible. Food is available in the Café and from a variety of snack bars and vendors. 

Proceeds from the show are used by the Horticultural Association of Tennessee to fund horticultural projects throughout Tennessee. For more complete information, call the Nashville Lawn & Garden Show office at (615) 876-7680 or visit www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com.

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