Master Gardener seminars on tap at Northwest Georgia Home & Garden Show
by Marie Nesmith
Feb 06, 2014 | 1410 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As people regain their footing following the Jan. 28 winter storm, Rome Radio Partners invites Bartow Countians to look toward warmer weather with its 2014 Northwest Georgia Home & Garden Show. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., the event will be held at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, 5450 State Route 20 in Cartersville.

According to, the Northwest Georgia Home & Garden Show will consist of “over 13,000 square feet of exhibition space featuring vendors that are focused on helping you make your home and garden the oasis you deserve. Featuring — kitchens, baths, design, flooring, pool [and] patio, HVAC, pest control, electrical, landscaping, cabinets, lighting, plumbing, roofing, remodeling, and more.”

Along with indoor and outdoor businesses, the Northwest Georgia Home & Garden Show on Saturday also will offer seminars led by Bartow County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers. Partnering with Rome Radio Partners, the Master Gardener organization will receive a donation for providing this community service offering.

“It’s actually a wide range of topics for the seminars that we’re providing,” Bartow County Extension Coordinator Paul Pugliese said. “It includes everything from basic soil fertility for your garden, selection of certain trees and shrubs, dahlias and chrysanthemums and daylilies. We have featured topics on each one of those areas. We’re going to cover the basics of pruning and planting for pollinators. We even have a local beekeeper that’s going to be coming to talk about getting started in beekeeping as well.

“Our keynote for the day, [who will be] kicking off the seminars at 10 o’clock in the morning, is Jim Gibbs from Gibbs Gardens. He will be giving some background information about how he developed the botanical gardens over in Ball Ground, Ga., and some of his philosophies on gardening. So it will be a really good day. Some folks may want to sit through the whole schedule of seminars. There’s a lot going on, a lot of good information and some really good speakers that are lined up too.”

Following Gibbs’ discussion from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Saturday’s seminars will include Soils from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; Chrysanthemums, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; Pollinator Gardening, 1 to 2:15 p.m.; Dahlias, 1 to 2:15 p.m.; Woody Plants, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.; Beekeeping 101, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.; Pruning, 4 to 5:15 p.m.; and Daylilies, 4 to 5:15 p.m.

Along with sharing how he developed Gibbs Gardens over the course of three decades, Gibbs’ keynote presentation will highlight his venue’s upcoming Daffodil Festival. Starting March 1, over 20 million daffodil blossoms will blanket more than 50 acres of the venue’s hillsides.

“We have over 60 varieties of daffodils that will be coming into bloom on March 1 and we will be featuring over 20 million blossoms,” Gibbs said. “The first two weeks of March, the early varieties will all come into bloom. The second two weeks, the midseason — which are all new daffodils — will come into bloom. Then from the first two weeks of April, which will be April 1 to 15, the late blooming daffodils will all come into bloom.

“A lot of people don’t realize, they think you can come one time and see 20 million daffodils of 60 varieties blooming. Daffodils have early, mid- and late blooming periods. ... Since 1986, we’ve been planting daffodils and we have now planted like over 6 million daffodils. But when you plant a daffodil bulb, as you know, you plant one, the next year it’s two, the next year the two is four ... It’s the largest display of daffodils in the nation. Southern Living says it’s the largest display of daffodils this side of Holland and probably in the world.”

Opened to the public in March 2012, the 300-acre residential estate garden — located at 1987 Gibbs Drive in Ball Ground — was designed and developed by Gibbs. During his presentation at the Northwest Georgia Home & Garden Show, he will discuss and display slides showcasing 16 garden venues that are situated within 220 acres.

“We had searched for seven years for this property,” Gibbs said. “It is the most beautiful natural piece of property and once I found the property I knew that I could just sort of carve out garden rooms and nestle these 16 garden venues into nature. So you’re really flowing from one garden to the next seamlessly in and out of nature. You never lose contact with nature.

“So I’ll be talking about the design and the development of the gardens,” he said, referring to the keynote address. “It’s taken 33 years. I started this in 1980. So we opened it to the public in 2012 and at that time the gardens were 30 years in the making. So a garden has to mature. It has to have age and character for people to truly appreciate it. So I knew I couldn’t open it until it was ready for the public. ... I always planned [for] it to be a public garden. Some people just think that this was a garden that I had and I just decided to open it to the public. It was always planned, developed and designed as a public garden. It just took 30 years to finish it and then to open it to the public.”

Admission to the Northwest Georgia Home & Garden Show will be $5 for adults. There will be no entrance charge for youth 12 and younger. For more information, visit