2012 Nashville Lawn and Garden Show

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Here's the info for 2012:

Gardens Past, Present & Future Will Be Celebrated March 1-4

at the 2012 Nashville Lawn & Garden Show

Discussion of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello gardens among the many

free presentations at the show

Nashville, TN – The timeless appeal, importance and fun of gardening will be celebrated at the 23rd annual Nashville Lawn & Garden Show on Thursday, March 1, through Sunday, March 4, 2012, at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Gardens Past, Present & Future is the theme for the 2012 presentation of Tennessee’s largest and most popular annual gardening event.

The show’s centerpiece will be an acre of live gardens featuring thousands of spring flowers and plants, waterfalls and fountains, trellises and gazebos, and outdoor living spaces. More than 250 exhibit booths will offer horticultural products and services, outdoor living décor, gardening equipment, plants, flowers and more. A floral design gallery will spotlight the creativity of more than 20 of Middle Tennessee’s award-winning floral designers.

The show also offers the opportunity to hear free presentations by horticultural, landscape design, and gardening experts. The speakers will include Peter J. Hatch, Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. Hatch will speak on Friday, March 2, about Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden, which featured more than 330 varieties of vegetables and continues to provide gardeners with a model in vegetable cuisine, sustainable horticulture, and a passion for the earth – a perfect example of how gardens reflect the past, present and future. Then on Saturday, March 3, Hatch will discuss Thomas Jefferson, Gardener, an exploration of Jefferson’s use of native plants, the union of gardening and sociability, and his experimentation with useful plants as a means of social change.

Among the popular speakers returning to the 2012 show are Jeff Poppen,The Barefoot Farmer, from Long Hungry Creek Farm, in Red Boiling Springs, TN; Rita Randolph, Randolph’s Greenhouses, from Jackson, TN; and Justin Stelter, Historic Gardener for Carnton Plantation, Franklin, TN, and The Hermitage, Home of Andrew Jackson, Hermitage, TN. Complete information about free lecture presentation topics and times is available at www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com.

“The 2012 show will particularly emphasize the crucial role that plants, landscape design and management play in creating and maintaining a healthy, sustainable environment,” said Randall Lantz, co-manager of the show that is produced by the non-profit Horticultural Association of Tennessee. “From rivers to rooftops to roadways -- plants, planting practices and planning can have a huge impact on the quality of life in our backyards and throughout our communities.”

Proceeds from the 2012 show will benefit The Cumberland River Compact, a non-profit educational and advocacy group focused on promoting a healthy natural and economic environment in the Cumberland River watershed.

The Nashville Lawn and Garden Show annually attracts more than 20,000 people from throughout the Midsouth region. All events are indoors; parking at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds is $5.00. The show is fully handicapped accessible.

For more complete information, call the Nashville Lawn & Garden Show office at 615-876-7680 or visit www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com.

For additional media information: Deborah Varallo 615-367-5200, ext. 14, or deb@varallopr.com
Varallo Public Relations

23rd Annual Nashville Lawn and Garden Show
DATES: Thursday, March 1, thru Sunday, March 4, 2012
HOURS: Thursday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
PLACE: Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville. All events are indoors. PARKING: $5.00
FEATURES: Live gardens, free lectures, floral design gallery, and 250 exhibit booths featuring horticultural products and services, gardening and lawn equipment, outdoor living decor, and a variety of plants, seeds and bulbs.
ADMISSION: Adults $10.00; Seniors (age 65 & up) $9.00; Children (12 & under) $1.00; Four-day Show Pass $15.00. Tickets can be purchased on-line on the show’s website www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com beginning February 1, 2012, for the same price as at the ticket window.
DISCOUNTS: Discount coupons will be available beginning February 1. NOTE: Discount coupons and offers cannot be combined.

ACCESSIBILITY: Fully handicapped accessible. FOOD/BEVERAGES: Available in the Café and at concessions.
INFORMATION: 615-876-7680 or www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com

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