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he Spring Atlanta Home Show, Georgia’s largest home show will be at the Cobb Galleria Centre Friday-Sunday, March 24-26. The popular annual event will bring together over 350+ experts in the home remodeling and landscaping industries to showcase the latest products and services designed to remodel, repair and refresh homes of all sizes and styles. The Home Show offers attendees one-stop shopping for everything from the roof to the basement, and from interiors to landscapes, as well as live radio broadcasts and presentations on a variety of subjects from the Home Show Stage. The event includes three days of expert speakers on a variety of home remodeling subjects. The Georgia Gardener, will kick-off the speaker roster at noon on Friday, March 24, with “Critter Control - Snakes, Squirrels, Deer, Oh My.” Saturday, March 25. Jeff Devlin host of DIY Network’s Stone House Revival “Remodel Like a Pro” will speak at 1pm and 3pm. Insung Kim, Creative

Director for the Atlanta Braves will take the stage both Saturday and Sunday to speak about “SunTrust Park - A Home Showcase.” Additional speakers will present ideas on clearing out clutter, identifying your personal home style, and more. See for the complete speaker schedule. Show hours are: 10am–6pm; Friday March 24, 10am–7pm; Saturday, March 25; and, 11am–5pm; Sunday, March 26. General admission tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Show’s entrance and online at Children age 12 and under and adults age 65 and older (with I.D.) are admitted free. Military personnel and First Responders receive a free ticket with the purchase of one general admission ticket (with I.D.). On-site parking is free. The Cobb Galleria Centre is located at Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, across from Cumberland Mall. The 2017 Spring Atlanta Home Show’s 24-hour information line is 770-798-1997.

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HOME & GARDEN GUIDE Why would I shop at the Queen of Hearts?


The Queen of Hearts Antiques & Interiors has three locations offering furniture, home accessories, smalls, lamps, books, paint, clocks and much, much more. Each location is a mecca with over 190 dealer-merchants in each location -- Marietta, Alpharetta, Buford. Merchandise changes daily so make sure the Queen is one of your weekly shopping stops. Each location is open late each Thursday evening until 8 pm with refreshments and events. Like us on Facebook to stay informed.

What is the process that Sunshine Window Cleaning uses to clean a window?


Each window is scrubbed and squeegeed Inside and out by hand, the window sill is always wiped clean and the window screen is wiped clean as well and reinstalled. All this for only $9 per window regardless of how high the window is or what floor it is on.

David Monson, President Sunshine Window Cleaning

What are some factors in deciding between replacing or repairing your heating and air conditioning system?


There are several to consider when you get the news that you have an expensive repair on your HVAC system. First, you should ask for a firm price on the proposed repair. Next, if the repair is on a major component and your system is 10 or more years old it pays to look into replacements. Additional part failures occur as equipment ages, replacement can save additional repair costs and improve your comfort and efficiency. Also, if your system is over 15 years old, it is likely a 10 SEER air conditioner and a 65% furnace. For every additional point in SEER you save between 5 and 10% in energy costs, we install systems up to 21 SEER. The AFUE of 65% means that 35% of your fuel is waste that goes up your flue. We now install furnaces that are 80 to 95% efficient. This, with comfort improvement options, like zoning and variable speed furnaces should also play into your decision-making.

Debbie Abernathy, Owner E. Smith Heating and Air Conditioning

What makes Kelli Green a unique garden center?


Kelli Green is an independent garden center that has been in business for 31 years. We take pride in growing hard to find perennials, annuals and vegetables. Our knowledgeable staff welcomes the beginner to the advanced gardener.

Brian Ladefoged, Owner Kelli Green Garden Center

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HOME & GARDEN GUIDE When you pressure wash my house will it get all the mold off?


When we clean your house, yes, the mold or dirt will come off. Sometimes there is some staining from sitting on siding to long or from the tar on the shingles. I recommend washing the house once a year to keep that fresh look and to save the paint and/or vinyl.

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My team and I take pride in our incredible communication and customer service skills. We treat every client as though they are our only customer. They receive weekly phone calls, texts, and milestone updates all throughout the loan process. Buying a home is stressful enough, worrying about the loan process is the last thing they need to think about. We are here to serve and guarantee an awesome process.

What are my options for replacing my wood deck with a material that requires less maintenance? Can I reuse the existing structure?


There are many options available for decking today, some of the ones that will require less maintenance than a standard pressure treated wood are synthetic decking, Brazilian Hardwoods, and Capped composites. All of which will have some type of maintenance associated with their care, but far less than pressure treated material. In some instances, we may be able to reuse the structure or part of the structure. A thorough inspection is required by a professional to assure that the structure is safe and determine what needs replacement. Often decks built prior to 2014 do not meet the standards as outlined in the building code specifications known as the DCA-6 or Prescriptive Deck details and would need to be replaced entirely.

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Why is it important to hire a State licensed general contractor? What does it really mean to be licensed? Why are some contractors licensed and others not? And the ultimate question: Does it matter?

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Contractors pay a tidy sum to play by the rules, which makes it hard for them to compete against those who don't. Homeowners can pay the price when they fail to distinguish between the two. Georgia now requires contractors to have a license to obtain a building permit. Anyone can say they are licensed, so it is important to make the contractor prove it. Go to to protect yourself.


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HOME & GARDEN GUIDE Staying on top of daily, monthly, and annual chores around your home is a big job. Maintenance and repair jobs are constants. To save time and money, plan for the seasonal needs of your home, yard, and garden. Here’s a spring checklist to keep your home humming.

Home & Garden Checklist Get going on your spring cleaning. Pick one room to start in and make a list of what you want to do. Then begin working off each item on your list. Do this with each room, and just progress through the house. Take your vacuum and use the proper attachment to clean the exhaust fan in your bathroom. It will operate much more efficiently and that can help prevent mildew, mold and paint problems. Install a programmable thermostat. It takes less than 30 minutes to hook up but can save up to 20 percent in energy costs. As spring starts, check your basement for cracks or leaks. If you see moisture, call a professional to check it out. Many homeowner´s insurance policies no longer cover fungus or mildew damage, so sealing basements is more important than ever. Build arbors and trellises before transplanting or sowing seeds for vines and gourds Little air leaks add up to 10 percent or more on your energy bill. Plug them to keep the hot air outside where it belongs. Caulk cracks and weather-strip doors and windows. Don’t like the look of caulk or weather stripping? Consider using a weather- resistant foam sealant. It resists moisture and can be sanded, painted and stained for a more appealing look. Carpet cleaning is a must for any home. All winter long, your windows and doors were mainly closed to keep out the cold. This prevented the fresh flow of air to air out your home’s contents. Now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s time to freshen up your carpets and rugs.

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Dust will accumulate inside your smoke detector, possibly causing it to give a false alarm. After checking the battery this month, take the top off and vacuum the inside. Also, batteries should be replaced once per year and the detector itself needs replacing about every 10 years. Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 12, 2017. Spring forward by setting your clocks forward one hour. Ensure that all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers are in good working order. Replace batteries in appropriate devices as needed, or at least twice each year. Make room to store winter equipment and clothing by bringing out your spring and summer items. Do you clean out your coffeemaker regularly? Vinegar is a good way to clean it thoroughly and disinfect it as well. Dig out and remove rotted or damaged fence posts, mailbox posts and damaged shrubs from around your home. It is also a good time to remove winter worn branches from tree and shrubs. Get into the spring of things with fresh flowers like potted pink tulips, yellow daffodils or purple irises. Even if the weather is still wintry outside, you are reminded of what will be growing in your own garden. The first day of Spring is March 20! Go outside and breathe in the new season.




he Spring Native Plant Sale is the biggest fundraiser for the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) and the perfect way to get your home ready for spring! Going native provides a wealth of benefits to your space, including privacy, beauty, blossoms, food, and homes to our wide diversity of animals. Attract butterflies, pollinators, birds and more to your garden by adding native plants. CNC horticulturists and Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your plant questions and help you find the perfect plants for your yard--from full sun to full shade! Over 120 plant varieties will be available to purchase, including: • Butterfly Host and Nectar plants including Milkweed, Hibiscus, Salvias, Asters, Fennel, Bee balm, Joe Pye weed • Blooming trees and shrubs including Native Azaleas • Early bloomers including Columbine, Geranium, Bloodroot, Beardtongue, and Irises • Shade-loving groundcovers including Ferns, Alumroot, Foam flower, Phloxes, and • A wide selection of herb and veggie seedlings from the CNC Unity Garden. The Chattahoochee Nature Center is a 128-acre non-profit environmental educational facility located on the Chattahoochee River in the north metro Atlanta area. The Center offers nature trails, a wetland board walk, live animal exhibits, native plant gardens and a Discovery Center with the only Nature Exchange in the southeast. Chattahoochee Nature Center is located at 9135 Willeo Road in Roswell 30075. For more information, call 770-992-2055, or visit

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EAST COBBER HEADS HYDRANGEA SOCIETY By Carolyn Polakowski The AHS meets the fourth Monday of February, April and October at the Atlanta History Center at 7pm to share gardening insight and hear from guest speakers in the horticulture community. Their signature event, the Annual AHS Garden Tour, now in its 23rd year, is Saturday, June 10, from 9am to 5pm. Five beautiful gardens around Atlanta will welcome the public to view several varieties in charming settings. Tickets for the tour also grant membership to the group. They are $30 for a single membership (1 tour ticket) and $40 for a couple/ family membership (2 tour tickets) which includes a oneyear membership in the society and AHS newsletters.

American Hydrangea Society President Gloria Ward (middle) with fellow members Dörte Wohmann-Schmieta and Dianne Lazzari


ne of the many things Georgians look forward to in the spring time is the explosion of beautiful flowers in our neighborhoods. Dazzling azaleas are a happy sign that spring has sprung. But there is a less celebrated shrub that deserves a bit of the limelight as well, the hydrangea. The American Hydrangea Society (AHS) was formed in 1994 for people who love hydrangeas and want to “study and learn about the genus Hydrangea, its species and cultivars, as well as its culture, habits, hardiness, and performance.” A fascination with the hydrangea in all of its forms is the common thread that unites the members of the AHS. East Cobber Gloria Ward, the President of the American Hydrangea Society, celebrates their lovely blooms with hundreds of other admirers across the globe and invites others to as well. According to Japanese legend, the hydrangea became associated with heartfelt emotion, gratitude and sincere atonement when an emperor gave them to the family of the girl he loved to apologize for not giving her sufficient time and affection. Pink hydrangeas are particularly symbolic of genuine emotion, as their shape resembles a beating heart. Today there are over 70 species of the plant in blue, purple, pink and white hues. Gloria Ward’s love of the hydrangea grew after the severe cold of 1993 wiped out over 100 rose bushes in her garden. Her late friend Penny McHenry, the founder of the AHS, suggested replanting with the hardy hydrangea and a love affair bloomed—literally. Gloria takes great pride in now leading and growing the organization which today, touts a membership of over 400.

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“This is such a wonderful group of people who love the charms of the hydrangea, we welcome all who would like to join”, says Gloria. “I certainly hope the word “society” doesn’t put anyone off. We all wear jeans!” For more information about the Atlanta Hydrangea Society and their garden tour, visit

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