Garden And Patio Show Returns To The Coast

Some may call it a gardeners dream weekend as the 2007 Gulf Coast Garden and Patio Show made its return to South Mississippi.

Last year the show moved to Hattiesburg because of damage on the coast from Hurricane Katrina. However, this year's show proved to be bigger and better than before.

Hundreds of garden enthusiasts came out for this year's Gulf Coast Garden and Patio Show. While many shoppers were just trying to spruce up their garden, others say the show is helping to rebuild what Katrina destroyed.

"I lost over a hundred trees so I'm trying to replace some of those," says Dianne Thompson, shopper at this years garden and patio show.

Whatever the reason for coming to the show, South Mississippians have plenty to choose from. From palm trees to hibiscus, horticulturist Norm Winter says there was something for everyone.

"We've had people teaching seminars on the basic landscape design process. We've got activities here for children, making butterflies to face painting to planting rocks," says Winter.

"The kids get excited because they want to come too, so it brings the parents out. Also, future horticulturists or future gardeners, so we get them hooked early," says Rudolph Hall, Co-Chair Gulf Coast Garden and Patio Show.

The children's area and a dream giveaway worth thousands, were just some of the new additions to this year's show. And whether they were first timers or fan favorites, people along the Gulf Coast were glad to have the garden and patio show back in south Mississippi.

Organizers say they will have another garden and patio show in Hattiesburg. That show is scheduled for March 30th through April 1st.