Must-see home and garden events in April

Find some new decor at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, get ready for spring at the Georgia Native Plant Society Sale, and more
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Photograph by iStockphoto.com

Atlanta Dogwood Festival
April 10–12  
The 79th annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival will feature more than 250 artists, live music, food, games, and the disc dog competition during its three-day span. Free. Piedmont Park

Photograph courtesy of Georgia Native Plant Society Sale
Photograph courtesy of Georgia Native Plant Society Sale

Georgia Native Plant Society Sale
April 18  
Get ready for spring with the society’s annual sale, where you can find trees, perennials, shrubs, vines, grasses, and sedges native to the state’s climate. McFarlane Nature Park

Decorators’ Show House and Gardens
April 18–May 10  
In its 45th year, this Atlanta Symphony–sponsored event is one of the nation’s longest-running show houses and the signature fundraiser for ASO educational programs. This year features a French estate by architectural designer William T. Baker. Honorary chair is TV host Vern Yip. $30 before April 17, $35 at show.

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Photograph by iStockphoto.com

Seasonal project
Plant Sunflowers
An annual plant, domestic sunflowers require full sun and sandy loam soil with a neutral pH level. Plant them in locations with direct sun for six to eight hours in mid-April to late May. Stagger plantings over six weeks for continuous blooms.

Photograph by iStockphoto.com
Photograph by iStockphoto.com

Seasonal project
Grow Tomatoes
Once the final frost has cleared, it’s time to think about savory summer tomatoes. You can start them indoors from seed four to seven weeks before they’re ready to go outside, but you may need supplemental light. Plant tomatoes in mid-April to early May in loamy soil with an acidic pH level. Choose a location that receives at least six to eight hours of sunlight each day.

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

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