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The Junior League of Nashville Decorators’ Show House 2001 Take one landmark Nashville home, add the city’s top decorators, interior designers, landscape architects, and gardeners, and you have this 16th annual fund-raising event. This year’s home is Emerald Hill, 231 Ensworth Place, open April 21-May 6. The 6,500-square-foot 1925 Georgian mansion house has been outfitted with all the latest technology. The home also features a fully enclosed glass dome conservatory adjacent to the swimming pool. Decorating highlights include a child’s playroom, a master bath with stone floors and walls, and a breakfast room decorated in aged woods and wrought iron. In addition to touring the house, you can shop for gifts and home accessories at an on-site gift store, enjoy a light meal or dessert at the tearoom, and browse the Show House Art Gallery with dozens of works by local and regional artists on display. Tickets are $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit various community projects of the Junior League of Nashville. Parking and a free shuttle to the show house are available at Belle Meade United Methodist Church, 121 Davidson Rd. For information, call 269-9393 or go to www.jrleaguenash.org.

SHOW AND TELL—AND SELL

SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW If you’re looking for home decorating ideas, makeup techniques, health screenings, business opportunities, fitness advice, or cooking tips, this annual extravaganza at the Nashville Convention Center has all that and more. There are hundreds of booths offering free samples and information, demonstrations, and goods or services for sale, plus an array of special activities each day. This year’s show dates are April 5-7. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.; noon-6 p.m. Sun. Admission is $6 in advance and $7 at the door. For information, call (800) 849-0248 or go to www.southernshows.com/wna.

TENNESSEE CRAFTS FAIR Almost every home in Nashville has an item or two purchased at this annual juried crafts fair, which is celebrating its 30th year of presenting contemporary and traditional crafts in an open-air festival setting in Centennial Park. The fair, produced by the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists, is the largest Tennessee crafts market you’ll find anywhere, with 170 artisans from around the state participating this year. There will also be craft activities for the kids, live music, craft demonstrations, and lots of food vendors. Admission is free. This year’s festival is May 4-6. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more details, call 665-0502.

American Artisan Festival Nashville’s other great outdoor crafts event returns for its 31st year in Centennial Park, June 15-17, with 160 artisans from 35 states displaying their wares. American Artisan, an upscale crafts gallery on Harding Road, produces the festival, where you’ll find pottery, blown glass, photography, metal, textile art, jewelry, and more. Admission is free. For information, call 298-4691.

GARDENS OF DELIGHT

Cheekwood Wildflower Fair/Daffodil Show Cheekwood takes a walk on the wild side of gardening with this event featuring more than 100 species of wildflowers for sale, Mar. 30- April 1. Tours of Cheekwood’s own wildflower garden and sculpture trail are also part of the fun. The annual Daffodil Show, devoted to all the many varieties of these sunny signs of spring, will be under way March 31-April 1. For details, call 356-8000 or go to www.cheekwood.org.

Garden Seminars and Flower Shows If you’re really serious about sharpening your gardening and landscaping skills, try Cheekwood’s spring seminar series, with classes on everything from herb gardens to how to shop for plants at local nurseries. Cheekwood also salutes popular flowers and plants in a series of spring events geared to enthusiasts of roses, hostas, and other perennial favorites. Events include the Bonsai Show (April 21-22) and Community Flower Show (May 11-12) among others. For information, call 356-8000 or go to www.cheekwood.org.

THURSDAYS IN THE GARDEN Join master gardener Julie Berbiglia in Scarritt-Bennett Center’s organic garden during your lunchtime. Come and ask questions, tour the garden, or just enjoy the natural environment every Thursday, May through August. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. For information, call 340-7500, or go to www.scarrittbennett.org.

GARDEN WORKSHOPS Scarritt-Bennett Center’s organic garden program offers a series of spring classes for beginning gardeners and anyone who wants to learn more about organic techniques. Classes include Gardening for Beginners (April 28), which covers basic gardening skills needed to start and maintain your own garden, and Organic Secrets (May 19), which will unlock the mysteries of zapping garden pests the organic way. To register, call 340-7471, or email garden@scarrittbennett.org.

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