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  • Upcoming Garden Events in Middle Tennessee

    March 1 – 4: Nashville Lawn & Garden Show, Fairgrounds Nashville: The annual all-indoors garden event that features live garden displays, lectures, vendors, floral designs and special programming Wine Festival featuring Tennessee wines is Saturday (March 3), noon – 5 p.m. For more information on the events and the complete lecture schedule, visit www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com.

    April 7: Perennial Plant Sale hosted by the Perennial Plant Society of Middle Tennessee annual Perennial Plant Sale at The Fairgrounds Nashville. Find newly released and hard-to-find perennials along with a wide range of tried and tested varieties, all from top local nurseries. The sale opens at 9 a.m. and usually sells out by early afternoon. For more information, visit www.ppsmtn.org.

    April 14: Herb & Plant Sale hosted by The Herb Society of 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., at The Fairgrounds Nashville Sports Arena building. The sale offers common and rare varieties of herbs and heirloom vegetables and handmade pottery and herb markers by artist Roy Overcast for sale. For more information and a list of available plants, visit www.herbsocietynashville.org.

    April 21: Herb & Craft Fair hosted by First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, 1808 Woodmont Blvd., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Top quality perennial and annual herbs, heirloom tomato plants, native and companion plants, along with food and craft items reflecting an interest in the homemade and homegrown: fresh homemade sweet and yeast breads, spice mixes, barbecue sauces, jams and jellies; knitted and sewn items, homes for birds and bees, and art, jewelry and more made from pressed flowers. Visit www.thefuun.org.

    May 12: Hosta sale hosted by the Middle Tennessee Hosta. Proceeds from the sale support the club’s activities. More information about the MTHS is at www.mths-hosta.com.

    May 19: Urban Gardening Festival, hosted by Master Gardeners of Davidson County, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (rain or shine) at the Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden at Ellington Agricultural Center (5201 Marchant Drive in Nashville). The free event includes information about a variety of gardening methods and techniques, local artisans, exhibiters, growers and more. For information, visit www.mgofdc.org/ugf.

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Get out and meet other gardeners

There are several good garden-related events coming up in the next few days. Don’t miss out:

Metro Public Works is sponsoring a one-day event to make composting easier. This is your chance to buy an Earth Machine backyard compost bin at the low price of $47 (the regular retail price is $100). The benefits? You can use all those coffee grounds and eggshells and apple and banana peels from the kitchen, and all those dry leaves left in the yard, to make rich, crumbly compost for the garden. By doing that, you can be among those who are helping to keep 600,000 pounds of organic waste per year out of the landfills. I’ve had an Earth Machine bin for several years, and can say that it works great, and it makes composting about as easy as it can be.

The sale is Saturday (April 2), 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. in parking lot D at LP Field. First come, first served, so get there early.

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Nashville gardener Billie Brownell and Jayme Jenkins of Eugene, Ore. have a new little garden book out called Garden Rules: The Snappy Synopsis for the Modern Gardener. It’s the perfect companion for new gardeners who want to know the basics – things like: “Plant the right plant in the right place” and “Get to know your dirt.” You know: how to start from scratch, when you know nothing about gardening.

Brownell will be on hand for a little garden chat and to sign copies of the book Sunday (April 3), 1:30, at Belmont Mansion. The book is published by Cool Springs Press, and they invite you to come and join the fun – both at the book signing Sunday and in a garden this spring.

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More later on these, but a reminder now so you can put them on your calendar:

– Bloom’n’Garden Expo, presented by the Williamson County Master Gardeners, is April 8 – 10 at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park. Visit www.bloomngarden.com.

– The Perennial Plant Society of Middle Tennessee’s annual Perennial Plant Sale is April 9. new location this year: the Al Menah Shriner Center at 1354 Brick Church Pike in Nashville. Go to www.ppsmt.org for info.

Look for The April Landscape & Garden Calendar Saturday (April 2) in The Tennessean.

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