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East Cobbers love their homes and gardens. The EAST COBBER home and garden blog features awesome home and garden happenings, ideas, deals and tips to improve your living environment. Do you have an idea for the H&G blog? Email submissions and photos to hg@eastcobber.com.

Moving Sale this Weekend

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Moving sale, 9am-3pm, Saturday, March 7, at 1427 Churchill Way, Marietta, GA 30062. Furniture, clothing, antiques, bedding, Lawn & Garden, Kitchen gadgets, records, some tools, and more.

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Gardeners’ Night Out @ Mountain View Library

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Cobb Extension staff member and Master Gardener Amy Whitney will lead the Gardeners’ Night Out program on Getting Ready for the Spring Vegetable Garden at Mountain View Regional Library in East Cobb on Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Presented by Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County, the program is free. Registration is requested at the library’s Adult Reference Desk.
For more information on the Gardeners’ Night Out Workshops, please call the Cobb County Extension Service at (770) 528-4070.

 

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Garden Tour and Plant Sale Hosted by Master Gardeners Volunteers or Cobb County

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The Cobb County Master Gardeners annual Plant Sale and Garden Fair will be held at Jim Miller Park, 2225 Callaway Road SW, on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, 10am-4pm daily. There is no charge for admission. Come and browse the plants, visit the educational exhibits, get a head start on spring planning.
Visit www.cobbmastergardeners.com for more information and to buy tickets for the Garden Tour on May 9, which was recently named as one of the 2014 BEST of ATLANTA by Atlanta Magazine.
Located in the covered Equestrian Center, this will be a rain or shine event and will feature hundreds of plants from the gardens of the Master Gardeners — iris, lilies, annuals, hellebores, ferns, hostas, perennials, native plants, shrubs, trees, as well as specialty offerings from the many vendors that will be on site. The vendors will also have available such items as yard art, sculptures, planters, birdhouses, crafts, and much more.

 

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Support 4-H plant sale; free class on growing fruit

About two dozen different types and varieties of plants are available during the Cobb County 4-H Plant Sale fundraiser, including blackberry, blueberry, ferns, raspberry, figs, forsythia, muscadine, azaleas, virburnum and crape myrtles. Orders are being accepted now through March 11.

Plants will be available for pickup Saturday, March 21, at Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. A check or money order must accompany all plant orders. For a copy of the order form and details about the plants available, click here. All sales are final.

Learn how to grow the fruits offered in the plant sale during a free horticulture class, “Growing and Caring for Fruit Plants.” Horticulture agent Neil Tarver will host the workshop 6:30-8 p.m., March 9. It will be held at the Cobb Water System Training Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. Registration is required by calling 770-528-4076or emailing uge1067@uga.edu.

 

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Free seminar on vegetable gardening

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Growing garden transplants at home gives gardeners more choices and can save money. Learn how to start your own seeds when UGA Extension staff host “Seed Starting for the Vegetable Garden” 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24. It will be held in the second floor classroom of the Extension office, located at 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. The class is free and open to the public, but please pre-register by calling 770-528-4070 or emailing amy.whitney@cobbcounty.org.

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Bridal Seminar Saturday at MarketPlace 120

 

On Saturday, February 21, from 11am to 4pm, MarketPlace 120 will host “So You’re Going to be a Bride,” a comprehensive wedding seminar. Led by locally renowned florist, Bonnie Hall of Petals & Treats, the seminar will cover every aspect of planning a wedding, including photography, catering and more.

So if you’re planning to be a bride, know a bride, or plan weddings, yourself – be sure to mark the date. You do not want to miss this fabulous event. Please sign up at www.marketplace120.com

 

MarketPlace 120 is located at 562 Wylie Road in Marietta. More info: www.marketplace120.com.

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HGTV-featured instructor to teach course in Cobb County

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This room, designed by instructor Jan Britt, illustrates an effective use of coordinating colors and patterns. Britt will share practical guidance and tips to transform your space during the upcoming course “Decorating and Design for the Home: The Basics.” The course is open to all. Call 470-578-6765 for more information.

 

 

Transform your home “Decorating and Design for the Home: The Basics” starts Feb. 12

The appearance of your home can affect everything from your comfort to your mood. That’s part of the reason your space should be beautifully designed, said Jan Britt, longtime interior decorator and instructor at KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education. Britt will lead a fun and practical course starting Feb. 12 to introduce students to the basics of interior design. “Decorating and Design for the Home: The Basics” covers step by step how to tackle common design problems — things like dealing with limited space, adding the right embellishments or transforming a room on a tight budget.
The class meets one night a week for five weeks and includes an off-site trip to see an interior design consultation. For more information, call 470-578-6765 or visit http://ccpe.kennesaw.edu/personal.

 

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Gibbs Gardens’ 2015 Daffodil Festival starts Feb. 28

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Goodbye winter, hello sunshine! Chase away those lingering winter doldrums at Gibbs Gardens’ 2015 Daffodil Festival, beginning February 28 and running through mid April.

Gibbs Gardens ushers in spring with the largest display of daffodils in the country. More than 50 acres of daffodils—20+ million blossoms—blanket rolling hillsides and fields, flow along streams and border woodland nooks and crannies, creating a panorama of sunbeam-yellow blossoms. Jim Gibbs – the owner, designer and developer of Gibbs Gardens – began planting daffodils in his gardens in 1987.

“Here Comes the Sun,” Southern Living magazine calls Gibbs Gardens’ Daffodil Gardens, “the most spectacular display of blooms this side of Holland . . . the most stunning daffodil gardens ever!” Gibbs Gardens is a certified American Daffodil Society Display Garden, one of only 25 represented by 15 different states.

During the six-week Daffodil Festival, hundreds of dogwoods and cherry trees provide a flowering canopy for forsythia, spiraea and quince to create nature’s own spring bouquet. Daffodil blooms come in a range of colors including primrose-yellow, yellow, gold, saffron, orange, pink and whites. There are early, mid and late-season varieties, blooming over a period of weeks; many are fragrant too.

Gentle walks traverse two of the hillsides and climb 150 feet to spectacular views of the North Georgia Mountains in the near distance with millions of daffodils below. Panoramic views of hillsides and valleys carpeted by myriad shades of silver and gold offer an once-in-a-lifetime garden experience.

A feast for the senses throughout the year, located in Cherokee County, Gibbs Gardens includes 220 acres of breathtaking gardens set in mature rolling woodlands dotted with ponds, springs, streams and waterfalls.

Less than an hour’s drive from Atlanta, Gibbs Gardens is considered “one of our regions most treasured landmarks.” The Gardens are open 9am-5pm, Tuesday through Sunday  from February 28 to mid June and Wednesday through Sunday from mid June until mid December.

The Welcome Center adjacent to the parking area includes The Seasons gift store, ticketing and restrooms. Just steps away, The Arbor Café offers a selection of sandwiches on fresh baked bread, desserts and daily specials on baked goods.

Tickets to visit the gardens are $20 for general admission to all 16 garden venues. Seniors (65 and older) and children 4-17 can visit the gardens for $18. Children 3 and under are free. For groups of 10 or more tickets are $16.

There is no charge for parking. Trams — $5 for a day pass — will be available to take visitors between the Manor House Gardens and Valley Gardens and along other garden routes.

For more information: 770-893-1881. www.gibbsgardens.com or info@gibbsgardens.com. Gibbs Gardens is located at 1987Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground GA, 30107.

 

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Cobb Extension now taking orders for 4-H Annual Plant Sale

A great way to keep a landscape fresh and inviting is to update it with a few new plants. Cobb County 4-H is offering a great selection of ornamental and fruiting plants again this year as part of its annual fundraising activities.

Orders for plants can be made beginning in mid-January. Plants can be picked up at Jim Miller Park on March 21. For order forms and additional information, call the Extension office at 770-528-4070 or visitwww.cobbextension.com.

 

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Isakson Senior Living holding planning meetings

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Isakson Senior Living will be holding two meetings to discuss the current plans for their zoning application Z-2, 2014 on Roswell Road.

This zoning application is requesting a zoning change for property located on the south side of Roswell Road, across from Providence Road and west of Robinson Road (3540 Roswell Road). The zoning being sought is CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community.)

Meeting Dates are Monday, February 9 and Monday, February 16, 7 – 8:30 pm at East Cobb Government Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta.

 

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