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Spring Home & Garden Show releases guest lineup

The Southern Spring Home & Garden Show has announced its lineup for this year’s event, to be held Feb. 26-28 and March 4-6 at The Park Expo and Conference Center off Independence Boulevard.

Guests include J. Schwanke, an author of books on flower arranging; Pearl Fryar, a gardener and the focus of the documentary “A Man Named Pearl;”  Chip Wade, a contractor appearing on HGTV shows “Curb Appeal: The Block,” “Showdown,” and “Design Star”; and Joe Lamp’l, executive producer and host of the PBS series “Growing a Greener World.”

The show, celebrating its 56th year, will feature 18 landscaped gardens, designer rooms, and exhibits that focus on landscaping, remodeling, building and decorating.

Speakers will appear throughout the event, instructing attendees on topics ranging from kitchen design and curb appeal to composting and gardening with children. Local chefs from restaurants such as Fig Tree, Mama Ricotta’s and Lumiere will offer tips from a cooking stage,

“We have such a great lineup of personalities,” said Mardee Woodward, the show’s manager for the past eight years, in a press release. “Our guests really enjoy learning from the best – and the opportunity to meet and ask questions of national authorities. But we’ve got plenty of great local talent, too.”

Others slated to speak include Julia Carpenter, producer and host of N.C. Weekend’s “Collecting Carolina”; Lucy Bradley, associate professor at N.C. State’s Department of Horticultural Science, and Robert “Buddy” Lee, inventor of the Encore azalea.

Admission is $11 and children under age 15 are admitted at no charge with a paying adult. Admission after 5 p.m. Friday is $5 at the door, and admission for people aged 55 and older is $7 each Friday.

For more information, see bit.ly/23r2hFc.

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