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Get ‘green' at Charleston Garden Festival

Finely crafted exhibit gardens reflect the theme “Metamorphosis” at the 4th annual Charleston Garden Festival, Oct. 17-19 at Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road.

The purpose of the festival is to foster a local, eco-conscious gardening movement. Festival events include lectures by nationally recognized horticulturalists Allan Armitage and Elizabeth Dean; garden tours; plant demonstrations; and music by the Charleston Jazz Initiative. New additions to the festival include Barnyard Olympics and a Dr. Seuss picnic for kids; a cook's tour; food-related lectures and demonstrations; and free demonstrations on composting, bio-remediation and eco-friendly lawn care.

The festival benefits the Middleton Place Foundation. Cost: $15 in advance; $20 at the gate. Details: 843-556-6020; www.charlestongardenfestival.org.

Country fair Dalton, Ga.

Celebrate Appalachia's best at Prater's Mill

A wealth of Appalachia's nature, history and culture will be on display at Prater's Mill Country Fair, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. next Sunday at Prater's Mill, 500 Prater's Mill Road, Dalton, Ga.

The fair focuses on mountain music, Southern foods, living history exhibits and the handmade arts and crafts of 200 artisans and artists. Craft demonstrations include blacksmithing, weaving, quilting, rug hooking, wood carving and hand tufting. This year's fair will include an exhibit of pottery and sculpture by members of the Georgia Clay Council.

Visitors can take self-guided tours of the still-operating grist mill, country store, Shugart Cotton Gin and Westbrook Barn with farm animals and a petting zoo. Other activities include canoeing on Coahulla Creek, walking the nature trail and pony rides for kids. Educational exhibits include working antique engines, antique cars, “Peacock Alley” (a clothesline display of chenille bedspreads) and the new wildlife exhibit “Snakes of Georgia.”

Continuous stage entertainment will feature storytelling, square dancing and live country and gospel music. Festival foods include cornbread, pinto beans, turnip greens, sweet potato cobbler, fried pies and homemade ice cream. Cost: $5; 12 and younger, free. Details: 706-694-6455; www.pratersmill.org.

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