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Tips for cold weather plant protection

Tips for cold weather plant protection

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- When the weather report calls for freezing temperatures overnight, you do not want to be rushing outside in the dark to cover cold-sensitive plants.

According to University of Georgia experts, protect plants in containers either by placing them inside a protective structure (house, garage, greenhouse or shed) or by placing a protective covering over them.

“People put a lot of time and expense in caring for their plants,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “It is important for them to know how to protect their investments to nurture them for growth when the weather is cold.”

Container plants are especially susceptible to cold temperatures; their roots are more exposed because they are above ground. Plants with roots that are damaged by cold temperatures may not show immediate signs of damage; these plants will show signs of stress when temperatures rise and the demand for water from the roots are greater.

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

Atlanta Symphony Associates announces signature events for 2013 Decorators’ Show House & Gardens

Atlanta Symphony Associates announces signature events for 2013 Decorators’ Show House & Gardens

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Symphony Associates is pleased to announce a series of signature events as part of the 43rd Annual Decorators’ Show House & Gardens. In addition to touring the home, these events welcome all attendees to participate and indulge in tailored special presentations — including lectures, book signings, garden tours, wine tastings, and cooking demonstrations — that will take place at Tuffeau Estate in April and May.
 
The French-inspired home, designed by Atlanta’s well-known residential designer William T. Baker, will play host to these special events and provide firsthand experiences with a variety of keynote presenters. Events are complimentary with the purchase of a ticket to tour the home on the same day of the presentation. All proceeds will benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its education and community engagement programs.
 
 

Atlanta Symphony Associates announces designers for 2013 Decorators' Show House & Gardens

Atlanta Symphony Associates announces designers for 2013 Decorators' Show House & Gardens

ATLANTA - The 43rd annual Decorators’ Show House & Gardens at Tuffeau estate is pleased to welcome aboard its 2013 designers. This year, the notable talent will showcase their inventive design ideas while focusing on fresh techniques, creative trends and innovative process.  Open to the public from April 20 – May 12, 2013, Tuffeau is a French-inspired Show House nestled within a West Paces Ferry neighborhood.
 
“This year’s designers represent sophistication, quality and distinction,” said Natalie Miller, the 2013 Show House Chair. “With these qualities, attendees can look forward to an exquisite blend of modern and traditional styles.”
 
The 2013 Decorators’ Show House & Gardens designers are:

School district participates in 5 Million Meals

School district participates in 5 Million Meals

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Cobb County School District was recently honored for its work with the 5 Million Meals campaign.

Cynthia Downs, Cobb's nutrition director, accepted the Golden Radish Award at the Georgia State Capitol Tuesday.

The 5 Million Meals challenge was introduced last October by Georgia Organics. Its goal is to make 5 million meals with locally grown food and serve them in K-12 cafeterias across the state.

Downs pledged her support to the cause by increasing the amount of local food served in Cobb County cafeterias. She was honored for her hard work by Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Georgia Organics President Rashid Nuri.

Smyrna gears up for first Arbor Day celebration

Smyrna gears up for first Arbor Day celebration

SMYRNA, Ga. -- The city of Smyrna will host its first-ever Arbor Day Festival on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The fun will begin at 10 a.m. at the Smyrna Community Center. It is free, family-friendly and open to the public.

Several speakers are scheduled to take the stage, including Smyrna Urban Forester Joe Burgess at 10 a.m. and Georgia's "Johnny Appleseed" Tim Womick at 11 a.m.

Refreshments will be served at noon.

Anyone who plans to attend is asked to email their name, phone number and number of people attending to akirk@smyrnaga.gov.

The Smyrna Community Center is located at 200 Village Green Circle.

Pike Nurseries to host gardening classes, sale

Pike Nurseries to host gardening classes, sale

ATLANTA -- Fall, the prime planting season, is right around the corner, and Pike Nurseries has everything homeowners need to beautify their yards.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, all Pike locations in metro Atlanta will host a free fall gardening class. Nursery experts will take attendees through the process of picking out fall plants and caring for them.

The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is free to attend.

Pike's Gardenfest event, where customers can enjoy complimentary refreshments while surveying a variety of plants and yard decorations, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Much of the merchandise will be on sale during Gardenfest.

Visit pikenursery.com to find your neighborhood Pike and to learn more about the upcoming fall events.