A Spring Extravaganza

Savannah Garden Expo

A Spring ExtravaganzaTotaling the number of people who attend the ninth annual Savannah Garden Exposition each year is down-right difficult, said Kelly Carr, event director.

“I’ve heard the magic number is 3,000,” she said, adding that the event attracts tourists, locals and garden club members from all along the northeast coast. “It’s for everyone. We designed it that way, really.”

The three-day event will include complimentary arts and crafts activities for children, free lectures for all levels of green thumbs, open-air markets, garden picnics, wine tastings in private gardens, and auctions, to name a few activities. The event will take place from April 17-19 at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum. Tickets vary depending on the event, with proceeds benefiting the Historic Savannah Foundation and the Isaiah Davenport House Museum.

“It’s for every- one,” Carr said of the exposition. “We have tried really hard to lay out a variety of options for peo- ple to enjoy.” New this year, exposition organizers teamed with members of the Garden Club of Savannah to sponsor a combined North of Gaston (NOG) walking garden tour. Ticket holders can leisurely me- ander through 12 private and public gardens any time from April 17-19.

The gardens on tour run the gamut in variety and all have helped make Savannah famous, said Sherry Holtzclaw, co-chairwoman of the walking garden tours.

“Some are very small,” she said. “Some of the houses are on lots that have a side garden. People do different things. Some have water features. Some have sitting areas for eating. A lot of them have native plants — camellias, hydrangeas, roses — things that bloom at different times of the year.” Hostesses will be available at each garden to answer questions about the history and layout of the gardens. Holtzclaw said organizers try not to repeat gardens for five years.

“(The garden tour) is a chance to see how people live in a historic district and to enjoy the private gardens not usually visible,” Holtzclaw said. “People are always curious to look behind the gate and this is a chance to do that. This is a great time of the year — in spring with all of the flowers blooming. It really dresses up the city.”


Savannah Garden Expo

What: The ninth annual Savannah Garden Exposition
When: April 17-19, Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Roundhouse Railroad Museum, 601 West Harris St., Savannah
Contact: Visit savannahgardenexpo.com or call (912) 236-4795