Southeastern Flower Show partners with crafters, antiques

The Southeastern Flower Show, March 15-17, is combining antiques into its usual extravaganza of colors, plants, garden plans and fun for kids.

An added extra for the show’s 25th anniversary is that the ticket you buy will also get you into the American Craft Council Show, which runs contemporaneously in the Cobb Galleria Centre.

“Also new this year, the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center has five designers that will be setting up spaces, both interior and exterior,” said Kate Chura, the executive director of the hosting Southeastern Horticultural Society.

“What we are doing differently this year is pulling in lots of partners that can bring more into the show,” she said.

The flower show will have its usual lineup of speakers, from the University of Georgia’s Allan Armitage to TV garden guru P. Allen Smith; chefs Kevin Gillespie and Jason Paolini will speak; and the subjects covered in seminars will range from growing herbs in containers to planning a green space that will rival Babylon’s Hanging Gardens.

“[Visitors] can come in and see a dozen landscaped gardens that are created by professional landscape architects and designers that highlight some of the newer plants that will be out in the spring that will give you solutions to how to landscape your own garden,” Chura said.

The show also has a kids area with activities and pets such as goats.

The antiques will be scattered among the usual setup of floral and plant displays, and vendors will be on hand for sales.

The craft show will feature more than 200 of contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor artists for the largest juried, indoor craft show in the Southeast.

Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.

American Craft Council show, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Cost: $13 per day or $20 for a three-day pass.

Southeastern Flower Show, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. Cost: $18 in advance, $21 the day of show, and $45 for a three-day pass. Discounts available for children, seniors and groups.

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