This year Savannah Garden Exposition April 15-16, 2011, is moving to Trustees’ Garden. Originally organized by a committee of 16 members, the Savannah Garden Exposition was held in the vacant lot behind the Davenport House in the 300 block of East Broughton Street. Over the years, the event quickly outgrew the lost and moved to the historic Railroad Roundhouse. Beginning in 2011, the Expo will take place at Trustees’ Garden/The Morris Center – where gardening began in Savannah!
April 14, 2011 at 6.30 pm — Garden Expo Preview Party
This year’s Garden Expo Preview Party will be packed with fun, food and a chance to place the winning bid on many popular items. One of the featured auction items will be a Cedric Smith original titled, “History Blooms in the South.” Cedric is a well known southern artist who’s work is collected by art lover’s globally. Other popular items that will be available include; The Greyfield Experience located on Georgia’s Cumberland Island, a day package for two that includes ferry, tour and boxed lunch. Garden Design Services, Several indigenous plant species, and much, much more.
The Preview Party is April 14,2011 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75.00 per person. Call the HSF office for tickets at 912-233-7787.
April 16, 2011 at 5.30 pm — Wine Tasting & Garden Tour
You can’t loose when you combine good wine and beautiful gardens. It’s a unique and tempting combination. During this event you will enjoy sampling two different wines – a red and a white – in each private gardens. Garden Lovers will delight in seeing three private gardens while sampling wine. Food Lovers will relish in the light hors d’oeuvres that will compliment the different wine selections in each private garden.
Here are the 2011 Competitions
Trustees’Garden – 10 East Broad Street
April 15 and 16, 2011
History Blooms in Savannah
When Savannah was settled in 1733, Trustee’s Garden was established as an experimental farm. Bringing the Expo to such an historic place begs that the competitions incorporate not only indigenous flora and fauna, but also Savannah’s historic color palette. Stories of local historic colors range from social caste to voodoo lore; therefore, the competition entries should also focus on historic colors. Some examples are: Haint Blue, Chatham Gold, Tabby White, Tomochichi Red, and Winter Marsh. It is possible that the history of the colors alone may be the primary inspiration of the window box or container created!
Exhibition Garden Competition
Competing for certificates of distinction in several categories, exhibition garden designers are limited only by their imaginations as they design gardens that will delight the senses and showcase their talents.
Whether you’re an amateur gardener or a more experienced gardening enthusiast, these gardens will serve to inspire you!
Container Garden Competition
This unique competition offers visitors a wealth of new ideas as they work with a provided basket to create a harmony of floral and fauna.
Window Box Competition
Ingenuity reigns as competitors celebrate the beauty of flowers with creatively planted window boxes, each with their own distinct style and personality. The window boxes are up for silent auction. Don’t forget to place your bid!
ALL EVENTS ARE HELD RAIN OR SHINE
Tickets: General admission includes access to the Open-Air Marketplace, Exhibition Gardens, Window Box Competition, Container Garden Competition, Children’s Activities and Demonstrations.
Ticket Office: Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached by calling 912.233.7787 or email Stephanie Stroud.
Please note that although the Open-Air Market is under cover, the event takes place in an open-air setting and is subject to varying weather and ground conditions.