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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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It’s a great time for gardening in Middle Tennessee

Flowers are blooming, seedlings are sprouting: May is prime-time in the garden.

Coleus and mint make a colorful summer arrangement in a container outdoors.

Now that the weather is reliably warm, it’s finally time to plant those summer garden favorites that need a little heat: tomatoes, peppers, basil, dill, squash, okra.

Here are other ways to celebrate this first week of May in the garden:

* Plant perennials in new or existing garden beds. Water them well, and to make sure they get enough moisture to survive their first season, consider using soaker hoses throughout the beds, for easier, more efficient watering.

* Set out bedding plants: petunias, salvia, begonias, impatiens and other favorites.

* If you need to prune the azaleas, now is the time to do it. Use clean pruning shears to avoid spreading diseases. Cut branches back to a side branch that is growing in the desired direction. Cut close to the branch without leaving a stub. Info: azaleas.org.

* Some houseplants enjoy a summer vacation outdoors. Place them in a shady, protected spot to acclimate them to their temporary outdoor home.

* Plant bright flowers to bring butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden: Bee balm, salvia, cardinal flower and zinnias are easy-to-grow favorites.

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