Whether youre looking for a rare antique asparagus fork, an innovative new use for peonies or just a simple glimpse of spring amid the grey slush of winter, the 20th annual fundraiser for the Exchange Club Charities and Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art promises a feast for the senses. The three-day exhibition of all things design-oriented will transform the cavernous convention center into a sublime and beautiful series of gardens by local landscaping luminaries. Billed as the largest show of its kind in the U.S., the A&G draws dealers of antiques, arts and horticulture from across the country to display and sell a vast array of furniture, plants, paintings, jewelry, gardening equipment and more. Speakers include Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland, founder of the Alnwick Garden in England; Michael S. Smith, White House interior designer; and Ryan Gainey, garden designer and author. The weekend includes a Young Collectors soiree on Thursday, Jazz Night on Friday and a free series of Ask the Expert conversations every half-hour from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $15 per day at the door or $30 for a weekend pass. For a full schedule of lectures, events and prices, visit antiquesandgardenshow.com.
Thu., Feb. 11; Fri., Feb. 12; Sat., Feb. 13, 2010