If you need a refresher course on what to do in your flower garden —or if you’re just looking for a new trowel — Keep Athens Beautiful has what you need this weekend.

Keep Athens Beautiful will host a Home and Garden Show in the Multipurpose Room of the Cain Center this Saturday.

The show, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will allow people to buy supplies and to hear the do’s and dont’s of flower gardening and home improvement. Admission is free.

“We’ve been working on the show for a couple of months,” said KAB Director Carol Morton. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to inform people about landscaping and home decor.”

A wide variety of vending booths will be maintained at the show by local landscapers, interior decorators, construction companies and other businesses. Visitors will be able to purchase goods and seek advice on their homes and yards.

“We’re excited about our wide venue of vendors,” Morton said. “It’ll help businesses to market their products in our neighborhood.”

Visitors also stand to learn a thing or two about yard work from the Master Gardeners. The Gardeners will give five lectures throughout the show, on such topics as planting and cultivating wildflowers, “Earthkind roses,” and attractive yard landscaping.

“It’s going to be a fun afternoon,” Morton said. “We think we have a well-rounded representation of things people can do inside and outside their homes.”

An East Texas Arboretum information booth will also be maintained at the show.

Door prizes, ranging from gift certificates to consultations to gardening equipment, will be awarded throughout the day. A climbing wall, donated by a Seven Points game center, will also allow thrillseekers to test their abilities for a modest charge.

Morton said she was inspired to host a Home and Garden Show by other Keep Texas Beautiful chapters.

“We looked at what our affiliates were doing throughout the state,” she said. “We felt a home and garden show was a natural fit for what we were looking for.”

Money raised by the garden show will be put toward KAB’s educational and beautification programs. KAB recently took on the job of maintaining the railroad park, and is planning a face-lift for the Athens city entrances.

The show will be remotely broadcast in its entirety by KCKL, FM 95.9.

“We’re hoping to make it a yearly event,” Morton said. “This kind of thing allows us to promote what we do and businesses to promote what they do in our community.”

For more information, call Keep Athens Beautiful at 903-675-7961.

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