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published on 03/23/2006

Bachman to Host Second Garden & Art Expo

Mountain Arts Guild

The weather is getting warm and itís time to start thinking about your garden. Where can you get unusual plants as well as garden ornaments, artwork, gifts and accessories? Come to the second annual Garden & Art Expo, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, April 29 (rain or shine) at Bachman Community Center, 2815 Anderson Pike, Signal Mtn. Turn left at the blue watertower 3.5 miles past the traffic light on Hwy. 127. Admission is a donation of $2 per person. Park on the ball field behind the building and avoid a long walk. Buy plants, talk to the experts, pick up gifts and tools, tour the Community Gardens and purchase a piece of art for your living room, all in one location. For more information, contact BCC at or at or

A large number of the over 800 people who attended last yearís Expo arrived early and quickly bought out the plants offered by local plant societies. The Tennessee Valley Rhododendron Society, the Southeastern Iris Society, the Tri-State Rose Society, the Chattanooga Regional Hosta Society and the Chattanooga Area Food Bank have pledged to have even more plants available for sale. As before, the plant societies will have their experts on hand to answer your questions about particular varieties, plant diseases and cultivation. Signal Mountain Florist, The Flowering Pot, Thatchwood Perennials and Shirk Landscaping will also be selling plants, arrangements, accessories, and supplies for your lawn and garden. Several nonprofit recreational and environmental organizations, including the Chattanooga Nature Center, Hamilton County Master Gardeners and the Tennessee River Gorge Trust will have information available on their programs and services.

The annual Mountain Art Guild Membersí Exhibit of fine art and fine crafts will be on display in the halls of the 1937 school building. Artwork available for purchase will include paintings in watercolors, acrylics and oils, photography, fiber art, jewelry, and mixed media items. In addition to the MAGI art exhibit, a juried crafts show will offer attendees unique garden accessories, bluebird houses, glass items and jewelry.

Signal Mountain Girl Scouts will be selling food during Expo hours, and will be collecting donations for their projects. Bachman will sell birdhouses painted by the Girl Scouts and even more plants. Funds raised at the Garden & Art Expo will be used for continuing renovation of the historic Bachman building and to support Bachman Community Centerís ongoing community-focused programs.

Selling Plants:
Tri-State Rose Society - miniature roses
Bachman Community Center - gourmet lettuce blends, birdhouses
Chatt. Area Food Bank - native plants, vegetables, herbs
TN Valley Rhododendron Society- rhododendrons, azaleas, ferns, companion plants
Shirk Landscaping - annuals, shrubs
The Flowering Pot- tools, accessories
Old Man Cactus/Chattanooga Cactus & Succulent Society - cactus, succulents, pots
Thatchwood Perennials - native plants
Southeastern Iris Society - over 150 iris, all varieties
Signal Mtn. Florist - dish gardens, arrangements
Signal Mtn. Garden Club - plants
Chattanooga Regional Hosta Society- hostas

Display only
Hamilton County Master Gardeners
Tennessee River Gorge Trust
Tennessee Wildflower Society
Cumberland Trail Conference
Chattanooga Nature Center

Crafts Booths
Robin Townsend - Chattanooga prints
Mary Beth McClure - glass
Susan Parry- fused glass jewelry
Lori Shalett- beaded jewelry
Frances Walker/Betty Spaulding - jewelry
Sam Chester - bluebird houses

Exhibit of Fine Art and Fine Crafts by the Mountain Art Guild

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