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Hey gardeners, not diggin' this drought?

HGTV's "Ground Breakers" show host Joe Washington will be at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden's two-day spring sale Saturday and Sunday in Belmont. Washington will present seminars at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days at the Visitor Pavilion, focusing on drought-tolerant gardens.
HGTV's "Ground Breakers" show host Joe Washington will be at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden's two-day spring sale Saturday and Sunday in Belmont. Washington will present seminars at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days at the Visitor Pavilion, focusing on drought-tolerant gardens.

BELMONT -- Joe knows plants, and he knows drought.

This weekend, Joe Washington of HGTV's "Ground Breakers" will get to know local people who care about both during Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden's annual spring plant sale Saturday and Sunday.

"The big topic in that area has been the drought," said Washington, who lives in Atlanta. "Even though we've gotten a good deal of rain lately, it still hasn't solved the problem."

Washington plans to talk about drought- tolerant plants and proper planting in dry times.

"It's not just a matter of cutting back on water use," he said.

Washington says while the gardening industry throughout the Southeast is aware of the issues brought on by water shortages, the occasional gardener may not be. Recent rainfall may lead to planting at the wrong times or depending on water that might not be around when needed, he said.

"It's something that everybody needs to know about," Washington said. "What needs to come from this is it needs to be an educational opportunity."

Along with Washington's sessions, the event includes more than a dozen plant vendors selling everything from garden art, topiary frames, native and exotic annuals, perennials and naturally, drought tolerant plants.

Garden experts will be available to answer questions and lead garden tours and demonstrations, suggesting tips on how to deal with drought conditions.

Meta Hoge, DSBG marketing coordinator, expects the spring sale to be as popular as ever.

"I think it's one of our bigger events during the year," she said. "It's one of our long-term events, and just one of those prime events that always draws a big crowd."

Want to go?

The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Admission is free with general garden admission, which is free to members, $10 for adults, $9 for seniors age 60 and older and $5 for children aged 4 to 12. Food vendors also will be on site. A special members-only preview will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday.For more information, call (704) 829-1252 or visit dsbg.org.

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