Monday, February 23, 2015

Finding Spring on a Winter Weekend

One of my favorite traditions since moving south is a yearly visit to The Southern Spring Home & Garden ShowNo matter what the weather is doing outdoors, once you enter the door of the expo center, Spring has Sprung and in a BIG way.  This year there were 22 gardens to walk through.

It amazes me to see tulips, hyacinths & daffodils blooming so beautifully inside this large building.  Each of the landscapers come up with a theme for their garden and they exhibit a lot of creativity when it comes to executing these themes.  
Here I couldn't resist taking a peek into the country store.

So Cute!
Speaking of cute...
This chubby piggy heading for his water trough.

Last year there were real piggies at the spring show.
I took the picture, but never did a blog post.
So, I'll just tie them into this one.

One of the landscapers titled his garden
"Blue Ridge Waterfall"
and had this to say about it:
"Inspired by the waterfalls of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Imagine taking a relaxing hike and witnessing this waterfall in all its majesty.  You need not travel far, as you can have this spectacular feature in your own backyard."
The spring show is a great place to go for garden inspiration or to talk to the experts on a project you might have in mind.  Last year we talked to several people about our interest in a waterfall/pond.
Several of them came out to give ideas and quotes for the project.   

This fairy garden was actually another from last year.
I like the way it was lit up with tiny fairy lights.

 This year we had no big projects in mind, but it was still a pleasure to soak up the sights and sounds of spring along with the creativity of the gardening experts.

Craving more Spring?  Pictures from a past visit can be found here. 
It was in the early blogging days so the pictures are a bit cringe-worthy.  However, there was a lot of inspiration that year so it just might be worth the visit ;-D.

 ~ Kim


  1. Kim, that looks like my kind of event! We used to go to a spring garden expo in Oklahoma before it all turned into hot tubs. :)

    At the Arboretum last week there were thousands of hyacinths, tulips, pansies, and flowering trees. Spring is coming for us asap. Hope it will for you too.

  2. So many beautiful gardens. We have a similar show around here (or did where I used to live) and I've been to many of them.

  3. Love a good flower show! The lighting is always a little whacky...same here...must protect the plants or something. I've always wanted a budget of $500 to spend on whatever took my fancy. I actually do still wear a little jacket I bought at the flower show. That red bench! Wonderful!

  4. Oh how FUN! I should go to the garden center. I know they have hopeful signs of spring there! We have SNOW. Boo! I love the fairies and the pig!

  5. If I lived in your part of the country, you can be sure that I would be visiting this lovely show. Thank you for sharing it with me. It offers such peace, beauty and inspiring ideas. I too, really like the waterfalls and the fairy lights!

  6. Kim, I don't recall seeing there this amazing expo took place. But, it's lovely, that's for sure. I love the piggies made out of recycled car tags. Too clever. Have a good one. Hugs. Latane

  7. Hello,, I've been so busy I've hardly been on the computer last few days. Catching up a bit now. Your photos are so lovely - the enchanted waterfall is a delight, as is the fairy garden, too. Your last year photos are wonderful,also...I love daffodils and those were just beautiful! Thank you for sharing. My sister lives in New Jersey and they are really looking forward to Spring there.

    Hugs and love,

  8. Oh a spring garden show would be such a tonic for winter weary spirits. What a lovely show. I love the little fairy garden.


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