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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, FEB. 9, 2009

CONTACT:

John Aydlett, marketing specialist
NCDA&CS, Northeast Marketing Center
(252) 331-4773; john.aydlett@ncagr.gov

Carolina Garden Expo returns to Greenville Feb. 13 and 14

            RALEIGH – The N.C. Commercial Flower Growers Association’s  Carolina Garden Expo will be held Feb. 13 and 14 at the Greenville Convention Center, with interactive displays and exhibits planned along with plants and supplies for sale.

Industry representatives from across the region, including retailers, landscapers and suppliers, will be on hand to answer gardening and landscaping questions. In addition, daily seminars from experts such as Bryce Lane of UNC-TV’s “In the Garden with Bryce Lane” will provide information on topics ranging from sustainability to edible flowers. 

“We hope this event will help educate consumers about the many facets of gardening, and provide all attendees with a better understanding of how important this industry is for North Carolina’s economy,” said Gary Schwartz, president of the N.C. Commercial Flower Growers Association. North Carolina’s floriculture industry totaled more than $195 million in wholesale value in 2007.

Attendees can learn more about the flower industry through how-to exhibits, unique garden and landscape displays of the latest plant varieties, and quick answers at the Pitt County Master Gardener’s Question & Answer booth. The Kids Corner, a place for gardening fun and educational activities for children, will also be featured at the expo.

            Not only will attendees learn new ideas on how to jump-start their spring projects, they will also be able to take home the materials to put those ideas into action. Retailers will have garden supplies and plants available for purchase each day of the show.

            Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb.13, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 14. Cost is $5, and all seminars are free with paid admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from the Pitt County Master Gardeners in the Pitt County Cooperative Extension Office, 403 Government Circle, Suite 2, Greenville. For more on the Carolina Garden Expo, go to www.carolinagardenexpo.com or contact the N.C. Commercial Flower Growers Association at (919) 334-0093.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 733-4216; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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