Every weekend business owners David and Mary Mizell take a trip to an expo and this week's expedition led them to Pine Bluff's 30th Annual Home and Garden Show. People converged on the Pine Bluff Convention Center Friday and Saturday to see vendors' latest offerings in all things home and garden.
“We like to meet new people, we like to sell our plants and we see a lot of people and vendors at the same shows,” said Mary Mizell. “So, it's like we're a big family and we just travel around and see each other. A lot of the shows we go to are just an hour or so of where our nursery is, which isn't too bad and some we do go further.”
The Mizell's traveled six hours to make it to the show.
“We have some friends that are vendors here and they told us this was a really nice place,” said Mary Mizell. “We felt like it was going to be a fun trip coming to Pine Bluff.”
David and Mary Mizell, owners of Mizell's Camellia Hill Nursery, brought various plants and flowers from their shop for green thumbs to purchase. Even though David and Mary specialize in Camellias, they brought plants specific to the area.
“We are a wholesale nursery, but we do sell retail,” Mary Mizell said. “We have 170 different varieties of Camellias at our nursery. We sell Azaleas, Magnolias, Gardenias, and other southern plants that are grown in this area.”
This year's theme was “Growing New Gardeners” and showcased about 70 vendors in and outside of Jefferson County. The two-day event offered something for the master gardeners to beginners with workshops focused on gardening tools and tips.
“People like to see different things and shop the jewelry and plants,” sais Lloyd Wessels, an event organizer.
Sue Wolmack, Pam Brown, Susan Hulse, April Layher, Cindy Barszczewski and Carol Hurt have been stitching together since 2014 as Stitching Together. Various pieces of clothing, quilts and other handmade items decorated one of the many tabletops at the annual show.
“It's called the Home and Garden Show and we feel like quilts and sewing are the heart of the home,” said Sue Wolmack.
Members of Stitching Together showcased their handiwork with large blankets, which people stopped to admire.
“It's a great hobby,” said Wolmack. “It's a chance to use your artistic ability when you don't know how to paint a stick figure but you can take fabric and make something that lasts a lifetime.”
For the past four years, business owners Amanda and Ronnie Reynolds have set up shop at the show. The couple brought various items from their store Amanda's Villa Landscaping and Garden Center for patrons looking to decorate their garden with statues of every kind.
“I get to see a lot of my customers,” said Amanda Reynolds as the reason she keeps attending the event.
Amanda also stated being a part of the event brings more attention to her business. Amanda's Villa Landscaping and Garden Center celebrated thirty years in business in December.
“We like coming out here to support our community and our city whether it be as a vendor or whether it be someone coming to patronize it,” she said.