Spring into the season with Keep Greenville Beautiful!
By Hojun Choi | Herald-Banner Staff

    The annual Keep Greenville Beautiful Home & Garden Show has been a cherished local tradition for more than 15 years, and organizers are preparing for another successful year of the event, scheduled for Saturday, March 30.
    Keep Greenville Beautiful is a local affiliate of a national organization dedicated to keeping America's cities clean and free of litter. Each year, the local nonprofit holds various citywide cleanup events and works to educate the community about the benefits of recycling and taking care of the environment.
    As part of that mission, the annual home and garden show invites vendors, those with green thumbs-and even those without-to visit with businesses and professionals who know the best ways to take care of yards, gardens and homes.
    Though the show has been held at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center in the past, the show this year will be at Westview United Methodist Church, located 6407 Sayle St. in Greenville. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 30.
    Delaney Stewart recently took over as the interim executive director of the nonprofit. She said the event is one of the organization's largest fundraisers. "A lot of new businesses come out and it's a really great way to find out more about what's going on in the community," Stewart said. Stewart said most of the vendors and sponsors are from and around the Greenville area. Stewart has seen the event grow over the years. When she was a little girl, she would attend the garden show with her mother, who is a board member of Keep Greenville Beautiful. "There are kids activities like bounce houses," she said. "I always enjoyed doing that when I came to the show as a kid."
    After she came back to work with the organization after college at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Stewart realized that the event was a unique opportunity for the gardening community to come together and network. "There are businesses that come every year and people come to the event just for some of those specific vendors," she said. Turning childhood love for gardening into long term passion.
    Renee Shelton, president of the board of directors at the nonprofit Keep Greenville Beautiful, was one of the founding members of the spring home and garden show. Her love for gardening started at a young age, when she used to work on plants at her childhood home in Lubbock, Texas. She said he mother's specialties were yellow roses, and had a knack for making rock gardens. "I just think flowers and greenery is beautiful," Shelton said. "And if you think about what they do for the air; it's just a peaceful thing to see." Shelton said she and other board members of Keep Greenville Beautiful try to keep the event flexible to change so that different people can come to showcase their product or work. In previous years, they even has had classes taught by master gardeners as well as presentations by guest craftsman. Despite its growth over the years, Shelton said her favorite part of the event has always been seeing people taking pride in their homes and communities. "We're in the education business, and part of that is to bring people together and make a cohesive group to make them more aware of how they can have a prettier home and a more beautiful city," Shelton said. Shelton, a longtime member of the local nonprofit, said seeing people from younger generations like Stewart is a special experience. "We raised that young girl," she said. "It is special to see that the things that we're teaching to younger people are sticking with them. They now get to get that wisdom and be active in changing their community for the better."
    More than 20 vendors and sponsors have already signed up for the event, but the organization is still taking requests. Booths range from $55-$85 and sponsorships opportunities are available for as low as $250 to as high as $1,000. Those who are interested in being part of the garden show can contact Keep Greenville Beautiful at KeepGreenvilleBeautifulTx@Gmail.com. Keep Greenville Beautiful wishes to thank the following vendors participating in the 2019 Keep Greenville Beautiful Garden Show:

Air EVAC Lite Team, Burrus Exterminators, Chalk Couture, Dos Gringos Locos, Green Shoot Agency, Greenville Air & Heat, Holiday Inn Express, Hunt County Wood Turners, Hunt Regional Lab Solutions, Lazer ++ , Lenore Cole, Lone Star Credit Union, Midsouth Bank, P31 & Juice Plus, The Pampered Chef, RE/MAX 3D Real Estate, Sartin's Powerhouse, Scentsty, Sign Gypsies, Syverson Rugs, Treasure House, and Tribute Medical Supply.

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