Want the best front yard on your block? There’s a talk for that. The most beautiful backyard? There’s a talk for that. Yardless and aiming for the prettiest porch? You bet, there’s a talk for that, too — well, about good plant choices for containers. It’s all happening at the 2017 Garden Jubilee in downtown Hendersonville Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28. Bill Slack, a landscape and gardening specialist with Southern Living, will lead the three workshops guaranteed to help you revamp whatever outdoor space you have (and hopefully earn bragging rights) as part of the festival’s Lowe’s Expo, located at the visitor center. It’s his 15th appearance at the long-running event.
Each year, Lowe’s invites Slack to hang out in its “yard,” aka the center’s parking-lot-turned-patio à la pavers, lawn furniture and accessories, grills and, certainly, plants. Lowe’s brings along national product representatives from companies like Miracle-Gro and Stay Green, too, as well as hosts a kids clinic with hands-on projects for children ages 4-12.
Of course, the event also honors the wealth of knowledge here locally held by the many nursery owners and workers who know just what’s best for WNC’s climate and soil. Handmade lawn furniture and yard accoutrements will also be for sale. Festival host the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority advises bringing a wagon to make plant transport easy.