Home and garden show this weekend
by Mark Andrews
Feb 22, 2013 | 1694 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sarah Fee demonstrates CUTCO Cutlery to Lauren Stack at last year’s Northwest Georgia Home and Garden Show at the Clarence Brown Conference Center. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
Sarah Fee demonstrates CUTCO Cutlery to Lauren Stack at last year’s Northwest Georgia Home and Garden Show at the Clarence Brown Conference Center. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
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Local green thumbs and home improvement enthusiasts this weekend will have the opportunity to speak with more than 50 vendors and hear from organic specialist and author “Dirt Doctor” Howard Garrett at the annual Northwest Georgia Home and Garden Show, held at the Clarence Brown Conference Center.

“We’ve been doing the show for several years and, as far as we’re concerned, it gets better every year,” said Merry Toole of Rome Radio Partners, the event’s sponsor. “We’d love to see 2,000 to 3,000 people there this year.”

Rome Radio Partners’ General Manager Randy Quick said the event will feature vendors to aid in the various aspects of home and garden improvement, ranging from pest to control to insurance. Event patrons also will be able to view landscaping designs.

“I feel it’s going to be a good attraction for the people of Bartow and surrounding areas to have some really quality one-on-one time with these vendors and designers that can give them some really good advice on how to proceed for doing some upgrading to their home and we’ll also have some financing available as well,” Quick said.

Vendors include Coosa Valley Credit Union, which is making its first appearance at the expo.

“We are coming at it from the angle of mortgage loans and home improvement loans,” Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Robert Smyth said. “... With regulations it’s much harder to do on-site approvals and things like that, but we will have people there that will be able to talk with you about what you’re looking for and to set up an appointment with you at one of our six locations at a more convenient time.

“With the way things are going out there in the financial world, Coosa Valley of course does have money to lend, we do mortgages, and we’re always looking for quality people and [the expo] just seemed like if you’re looking to buy a home or looking to improve your home, that would be a great place to start.”

He added, “Once you see what you like, maybe we can help you out from that point on.”

Toole said the event is an opportunity for people to see what home and garden improvement options are available. She said the options grow each year.

“We haven’t had plants in the past, this year we do have plants and we’re real excited about that, [we have] a lot of landscaping ideas that we didn’t have before, and of course Howard Garrett, the ‘Dirt Doctor,’” she said, adding the expo also will feature Master Gardeners.

According to his biography on www.dirtdoctor.com, “Howard Garrett is a landscape architect by training, with extensive experience in landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, golf course planning and maintenance and organic product development. Howard has devoted his life to establishing a leadership role in the natural organic marketplace. He provides advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, pest control, and natural living.”

Quick said Garrett’s seminars will be informative to those interested in organic gardening.

“He’s going to be talking all about organic gardening and giving some tips that people can actually apply to the maintenance of their own lawn and garden,” Quick said.

The event will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Garrett will speak Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children under 12.

For more information, visit www.nwgahomeshow.com.