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All things green and growing are Garden Faire focus
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
April 16, 2014 10:01 AM | 1156 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Daffodils, dogwoods and azaleas in bloom and a fresh warm breeze ruffling newly budded leaves.

It’s the time of year that fills gardeners with eagerness and enthusiasm for a planting spree.

One of the best places to satiate the desire for new flowers and greenery is at the Garden Faire, the annual event for both veteran and novice green thumbs.

Held at Roswell’s historic Bulloch Hall and hosted by the North Fulton Master Gardeners, the Faire is April 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.

Shoppers will find everything from roses, native azaleas and perennials to garden art, specialty vendors, pottery and tools.

“We have over 20 vendors coming from all over Georgia including Randy’s Perennials, Rainbeau Orchids, Trixie’s Carnivorous Plants, Piccadilly Farms and Garden Delights just to name a few,” said Pat Price, who co-chairs the Faire with Carol Brooks.

The event’s most popular attraction is always the Pass-Along Plant Sale.

Master Gardeners contribute plants they have nurtured from seedlings and root cuttings, divided rhizomes and more.

“These are plants that have worked so well for us that we can share with others,” said Brooks.

“Our pass along plant sale includes what we call our 4-Hs. These are the four plants that sell out fastest — hellebores, hostas, hydrangeas and huechras,” Price said.

“Our experts will help you select the perfect specimens, tell you how to plant them correctly and provide instructions on care and feeding,” said Master Gardener Lisa Ethridge.

Many of the Master Gardeners also are excellent bakers and their homemade items will be available for sale.

But that isn’t the only source for good food. “We are excited that Harry’s Farmers Market will be there that day with their yummy pulled pork barbecue,” Brooks said. A vegetarian option will also be available.

Another Faire staple is a Fleatique, with all types of gently used household goods, books and garden items for sale.

The popular Ask a Master Gardener booth will be open and any of the workers will be happy to provide good advice.

“We may not know all the answers, but we know a lot of them,” Brooks said.

Throughout the day there will be speakers and demonstrations, including Annette Joseph, a regular on the “Today” show whose topic will be making flower arrangements with plants from a home garden.

“With the new pavilion at Bulloch we now have a great spot for the speakers,” Price said.

Garden Faire has actually grown the past two years, she said. “We now use the whole campus and have added tables for the plant sale,” Price said.

Even though some light rain fell on last year’s event, the Faire still had more than 700 visitors.

“The Garden Faire is the place where we all come together for a fabulous day with the community. It is great fun with great plant values and extraordinary vendors,” Brooks said.

The Faire is free to the public.

For more information, visit www.northfultonmastergardeners.com.

If you go:

When: April 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine.

Where: Bulloch Hall

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