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
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.
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.
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.