Gardening enthusiasts are gearing up for next weekend’s Augusta Home and Garden Show at the James Brown Arena, including area master gardeners preparing a booth for the seventh annual show.
Attractions include vendors, informational booths, giveaways, featured speakers and a silent auction. There also will be presentations by Roger Hazard from A&E’s Sell This House and Paul Brown, host of the Discovery Channel’s Auction King. Both will speak Friday and Saturday.
Show hours are Friday from 2-7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Richmond County Extension office will also have a booth at the event, and Richmond County Extension Coordinator Sid Mullis will present a program, Steps to a Beautiful Lawn, at 3 p.m. Friday. Also on Friday, horticulturist Suzanne Holmes will give a presentation on Wicked Plants at 3:45 p.m., and Deborah Sasser from Sasserfrass Hill Bee Farm will present an introduction to beekeeping at 4:45 p.m.
Saturday, Ted Stephens of Nurseries Caroliniana in North Augusta will give a presentation at 11 a.m. on Exciting New Plants for Deep South Gardens.
The annual home and garden show is also an opportunity to get the latest information from on-site vendors and professionals on homebuilding or remodeling, with tips on adding decks and pools, landscaping, decorating and storage. Do-it-yourself seminars, as well as an art, gift and gourmet gift center will be available.
“What this event means to me is that I get to see displays on building materials and accessories for my home as well as plants and tools for my garden,” said Judy Kirkland, president of the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs and a local master gardener. “Often, there are show specials that will allow for a good discount.
“It also allows garden clubs and societies, as well as other not-for-profit organizations, to have a venue for getting out information to the public,” she added. “We meet lots of new people and set up displays to try and stop the public.”
Tickets are sold at the door only and can be purchased for $7.50 for 17 and older, $3 for those ages 14-16, $5 for seniors age 65 and older, and $4 for active duty military with an ID. Children 13 and younger are admitted free. Parking costs $5.
For more information on the show, visit www.augustahomeandgardenshow.com.