Gatlinburg’s Flower
& Garden Show
Whether you have a green thumb and a house full of plants or can’t keep a cactus alive, Gatlinburg’s educational flower and garden show called Spring into the Season will jumpstart the season will lots of good gardening ideas March 5-6 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
Gatlinburg’s Horticulturist Janna Brien “cultivated” the educational forum by inviting prestigious landscape design professors from the University of Tennessee, GSMNP forestry experts, and nursery professionals to speak on important topics of interest to groundskeepers, business owners and homeowners interested in plants and flowers.
Spring into the Season kicks off at 9 a.m. Friday, March 5, at the Gatlinburg Convention Center with educational forums scheduled throughout the day. Janet Rock & Glenn Taylor will discuss “Native Plants, Champion Trees and Hemlock Adlgid” from 10 to 11 a.m.; Neil Denton will cover “Annuals and Perennials for Success in the Landscape” from 11 a.m. to Noon. Heather Mills presents “Fresh Flower Arrangements” from 1 to 2 p.m. and Dr. Stephen Garton will discuss “Maintenance of Trees and Woody Plants in the Landscape” from 2 to 3 p.m. “Turf grass” is presented by Alan Bruhin from 3 to 4 p.m. and “Landscape Design: According to Clint Eastwood” will be discussed from 4 to 5 p.m. by Garry Menendez.
Saturday, Spring into the Season begins at 10 a.m. with Susan Conion’s “Recipe for Success: Diehard Annuals.” She will be followed by Hugh Conion at 11 a.m. with “Twenty Great Native Woody Plants.” Dr. John Sorochen will discuss “Turf grass Selection and Maintenance” from 1 to 2 p.m. and Dr. Darren Robinson will talk about “Weed Management in Ornamental Plantings” from 2 to 3 p.m. Marty Zenni wraps up the show from 3 to 4 p.m. with “Landscaping with Wildflowers.”
“Everyone who attends will most likely walk away with some beautiful flowers and good ideas,” said Brien, who manages Gatlinburg’s Flower Program.
According to Brien, tourists love the flowers. “We receive telephones call from all of the country from people who have visited Gatlinburg wanting to know the names of our flowers so they can get them at home. For instance, the Mandevilla is one of our most popular flowers. It’s a pink trumpet-shaped flower that we grow here in the greenhouse and our tourists go absolutely crazy over it! A lot of our Mandevillas are nine and ten years old,” said Brien.
Spring into the Season is followed by Springfest, March 10-June 11, a county-wide event to celebrate spring. A great time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg overflows with the beautiful blooms and flowering bulbs. For more information about Spring Events, call the Gatlinburg Office of Special Events at 436-0500 or 1-800-343-1475.

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