We had the pleasure of attending the Knoxville Home and Garden Show on Saturday, courtesy of Stanley's Greenhouses, the sponsor of the "Garden Talk" radio broadcast. While we were blown away by the creative and beautiful exhibits presented by local landscapers and garden centers, more booths featured vendors of home improvement products than of garden products, based on my casual assessment. Now, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Merely a caution to those who might attend seeking the latest in herb plants or vegetable seeds. More likely, you can learn about hardscape, replacement windows, and outdoor kitchens.
Two exhibits stood out in particular. The model railroad exhibit by Mark W. Fuhrman Complete Landscape Services, Inc., and the exhibit by Earthadelic, Inc., featuring dramatic lighting effects.
Earthadelic, Inc. captured the beauty of a dormant coral bark maple (Acer palmatum cultivar) with uplighting using LEDs tuned to enhance the maple's outstanding winter coloration. Paired with forced tulips and blue hydrangeas, the effect was dramatic, as you can see from the image.
The show runs through today, and is a fundraiser for the Dogwood Arts Festival. Take the family, and enjoy a taste of spring, as you wander through the exhibits featuring forced blooms and fresh green leaves. A good way to prepare yourself for the snowy cold coming this week.