Peter J. Hatch, director of Gardens and Grounds at Montecello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, will be the guest speaker at the 23rd annual Nashville Lawn & Garden Show March 1-4.
The shows centerpiece will be an acre of live gardens featuring thousands of spring flowers and plants, waterfalls and fountains, trellises and gazeboes, and outdoor living spaces. More than 250 exhibit booths will offer horticultural products and services, outdoor living dcor, gardening equipment, plants, flowers and more. A floral design gallery will spotlight the creativity of more than 20 of Middle Tennessees award-winning floral designers.
A number of exhibitors and vendors from Wilson County participate each year in the annual event. A listing of them will be released soon.
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 Jeffersons 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 Jeffersons 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; Rita Randolph, Randolphs Greenhouses, from Jackson; and Justin Stelter, Historic Gardener for Carnton Plantation, Franklin, and The Hermitage, Home of Andrew Jackson, Hermitage.
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. The show is fully handicapped accessible.
For more complete information, call the Nashville Lawn & Garden Show office at 876-7680 or visit www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com.