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Home and garden show in Savannah attracts outdoor and environmental enthusiasts

Testing out the ecological foam mattresses
Testing out the ecological foam mattresses

The 14th annual Low Country Home and Garden Show attracted quite a crowd and showed locals how to bring the outdoors in and live healthier while beautifying their homes and gardens.

Gardening tips and plants for sale at the Home and Garden Show
BJ English

There were classes on how to prune rose bushes, cook healthier meals, train your dog to obey off leash, plant trees and shrubs and keep them alive.

For the less active crowd or for relaxing after a day of hard work, there were hot tubs, sun porches, exercise machines, chiropractors, robotic vacuum cleaners and even radio powered toy helicopters and off road vehicles.

Over 200 vendors wowed spectators with indoor aquariums, waterless cookware, beautiful plants and chances to win home make overs.

You could test out an eco-foam bed, melt your fat away on a shake machine, get a free adjustment from a chiropractor or pick up enough dum dums, tootsie rolls and peppermints, ink pens, cup koozies to fill up the free tote bags.

Classes included a course on how to grow daylilies, vegetable gardens, what plants work best for window gardens and kids workshops and crafts.

The Georgia Botanical Garden taught kids about the life cycle of plants and gave each child a plant to take home and you could purchase a praying soldier statue or red shrimp plant to cheer up your front yard. They also invited guests to visit the garden for a series of workshops, a spring plant sale and free classes for volunteering at the gardens for 20 hours or more, though the cost of the classes, which range from landscaping to creating a hanging garden, cost under $20 and even allow you to create your own bamboo wind chime from bamboo grown at the garden.

After the show, many people headed out to Home Depot and Lowes to pick out yellow and orange daffodils and bright pansies in purple and orange hues.

Though it is not quite spring in Savannah, the urge to get outdoors and plant flowers and seeds that may one day turn into edible vegetables or sport gorgeous blooms that attract bees and butterflies is almost irresistible and the streets of Savannah were lined in tourists and people heading east on Victory Drive toward the beach.

If you are getting bored with your surroundings, consider adding some color with a living flower arrangement or encourage your children to plant seeds and watch them grow, teaching them about the importance of caring for plants and providing them with the right growing conditions and using that as a teaching tool for the importance of doing the right things and acting responsibly.

Go out and visit a garden, go berry picking, buy a cheap planter and arrange it with tomato plants, lettuce and cucumbers and grow your own salad.

Take a trail ride or walk at Skidaway Island. Picnic in the park. There are over 50 of them to choose from in Savannah alone. Even the streets of Savannah are lined with unique plants like purple ornamental cabbage, basil and mint which are pretty to look at and edible as well!

You can view white tailed deer at Skidaway State Park in the early evening. Just park outside the gates at one of the churches and walk inside if you want to avoid the $5 car fee or get a years pass to all Georgia State Parks for only $50 and park right next to the bathrooms and picnic area.

There are so many things to do in the city and so many free events, that anyone can afford to take a mini-stay-cation and get out and enjoy the great weather and beautiful environment, beaches, parks and squares.

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