LOXLEY, Ala. (February 16, 2015) – Join Southern Living® Plant Collection and Encore® Azalea at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show at The Park Expo and Conference Center in Charlotte, N.C., February 20-22 and February 27 - March 1.

Plant expert Mark Maher of Flowerwood Nursery will be a featured speaker on the Garden Stage in Freedom Hall multiple days during the two-weekend convention. Maher will discuss new plant introductions in garden centers and how consumers can choose plants that solve landscape challenges. He will highlight new Encore® Azaleas as well as the latest introductions from the Southern Living® Plant Collection, and discuss proper placement and care of each.

Maher’s featured presentations include “New, Better and Yours – Plant the Newest Best Plants this Spring” at noon Friday, Feb. 20 and 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27; and “Trialed and Proven, New – and Better – Plants” at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, noon Saturday, Feb. 28, and 11 a.m. Sunday, March 1.

Encore® Azaleas and plants from the Southern Living® Plant Collection will also be showcased in partnership with Pike Nursery as a “Carolina Wine, Carolina Style” exhibit in Belgard Gardens. This offering will be among 22 themed landscapes, waterscapes, outdoor kitchens and courtyards designed to inspire and inform.

If you’re in the area, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from experts in horticulture, home design and more, as well as enjoy great food and entertainment.

For more information about the convention, visit southernshows.com.

About Southern Living® Plant Collection
The Southern Living® Plant Collection is a series of innovative plants selected for their ability to solve specific landscape challenges and to excel in Southern gardens. The collection is the result of a partnership between Plant Development Services, Inc., and Southern Living® magazine to bring high-performing plants suitable for Southern gardens to the market. Visit southernlivingplants.com to learn more.

About Encore® Azalea
Encore® Azalea is the world’s best selling multi-season blooming azalea. Its 29 varieties and range of sizes enliven landscapes with rich, colorful blooms in spring, summer and fall. It is sun tolerant, low maintenance and cold hardy, with most varieties being hardy through USDA Zone 6. It has an established reputation in the plant industry like no other azalea on the market. Visit http://www.encoreazalea.com to learn more.

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Media Contact:
Corrina Murray | Plant Development Services, Inc., introducers of the Southern Living® Plant Collection, Sunset Western Garden Collection™ and Encore Azalea®| corrina@plantdevelopment.com, 251-964-6778