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Brookgreen Gardens' Spring Gardening Expo Offers Outstanding Speakers, Demonstrations, and Advice

MURRELLS INLET, SC – March 8, 2010 – On Saturday, March 27, Diggin’ It, the spring garden festival, will provide a gardening expo that will be your go to place for everything you need to know about gardening in the coastal South. For the past few years we have brought some impressive speakers for the spring garden festival, said George Weich, Vice-President for Horticulture, but this year we have really outdone ourselves with speakers who will engage our guests, workshops and planting demonstrations that will get your hands dirty, and a behind-the-scenes look at how we maintain the gardens at Brookgreen. Hours are from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the expo is free with garden admission.

Come back to Brookgreen on Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25, for the Plantacular Sale when you will have a chance to purchase high quality plants grown in our greenhouses. Resist the temptation to plant too early in the spring, Weich advises. Many people are so anxious to get their gardens started they don’t wait until the last frost of the season, which usually occurs after Easter. It’s better to wait; have patience, and you will have much better results.

Diggin’ It, Spring Garden Expo Featured Speakers – complete schedule and times are on www.brookgreen.org. Here are highlights about the guest speakers:

Bryce Lane, host of the popular television show In the Garden and a national award-winning instructor in the Department of Horticultural Science at N.C. State University, will give Secrets to Successful Home Gardening.

Brent Heath from Brent & Becky’s Bulbs in Gloucester, VA, will host a special workshop: Living Flower Arrangements with Layers of Bulbs. In his hands-on workshop, participants will get the opportunity to create their own combination planting which they may take home and enjoy watching it become their Living Flower Arrangement.

Scott Ogdon, renowned garden designer and author from Plant Driven Designs, will give a presentation about Plants with Presence, which focuses on memorable plants that create magic in a garden.

Kari Whitley from Scout Horticulture Consulting will talk about plants currently being offered and which ones are potentially invasive. In addition, Kari will look at the exciting new selection of native plants that are becoming more available in the nursery industry.

Brookgreen’s horticultural staff will share their knowledge on topics from irrigation systems and lawn care to butterfly, wildlife, and container gardening.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit our Web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.