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Garden Faire in Roswell a must-do for green thumbs
by Joan Durbin
April 17, 2013 11:20 AM | 2373 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, North Fulton Master Gardners Andrea Rohaly, John Kligora and Carol Brooks.
From left, North Fulton Master Gardners Andrea Rohaly, John Kligora and Carol Brooks.
Both accomplished gardeners and green thumb wanna-bes will want to set aside a few hours on April 27.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Garden Faire once again appears at Roswell’s Bulloch Hall courtesy of North Fulton Master Gardeners.

The grounds of the antebellum home have long served as the setting for the Faire, one of the most well-attended events at any of the three historic homes belonging to the city.

“For the first time visitor, I recommend touring the whole Garden Faire before buying anything,” said Kay Izard, NFMG president.

“Be sure to see the area where the Pass-Along Plants are and check out the vendors, too.”

Always one of the Faire’s most popular features, Pass Along Plants is a sale of healthy native and specialty plants grown from cuttings from Master Gardeners’ own gardens, ready for planting and usually at a much lower price than bought commercially.

Izard, who has limited mobility, doesn’t pot her own plans for the sale.

“However, I went with an intern, Jane Walsh, to one of the Master Gardener projects where she separated and potted trillium,” she said.

“Trillium is a rare native plant that native plant enthusiasts are trying to reintroduce in areas all over Georgia. They’ll be sold for a premium.”

In addition, Garden Faire features more than 20 plant and garden-related vendors.

Izard said the Fleatique is worth a stop for gently used gardening-related items. A little bit flea market and a little bit antique show, Fleatique treasures range from small furniture items to vintage jewelry, scarves, hats, garden tools, yard art and more.

This year’s Faire also has three well-known speakers under the new pavilion at Bulloch Hall. Dr. Bruce Gillett will speak about “The Perils and Pitfalls of Gardening.”

Internationally renowned clematis expert Lyndy Broder will offer advice on growing clematis; and Flo Chaffin’s presentation, “Shady Characters,” will feature conifers and other plants for the shade garden.

The Yumbii food truck will be serving all day and NFMG members will be holding a bake sale, so no one will go hungry or thirsty, Izard said.

Anyone with gardening questions will be able to get answers from any of the NFMG members roaming the grounds during the event. Master Gardeners are trained and certified by the University of Georgia Extension Program, and the North Fulton group is an independent non-profit organization of around 150 members.

The event will be held rain or shine. “One year it rained most of the day, and the turn-out was not as good as the previous year, but there were hundreds of people who came anyway,” Izard said. “Gardeners aren’t fazed by a little rain.”

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