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Dogwood Show Features Home and Garden Exhibits, Sellers

Newspaper article News Sentinel

Dogwood Show Features Home and Garden Exhibits, Sellers

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As guests enter the 120,000-square-foot show room in the Knoxville Convention Center, they'll be greeted by what has become a familiar sight at the Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show.

Stuart Row, winner of last year's Grand Garden People's Choice Award, has been showcasing his elaborate landscape designs for more than 20 years at the annual show. This year's display, positioned front and center, features a built-in grill that he's added to cater to consumer trends. It's a strategy he believes keeps his business thriving.

"Nice retail garden centers are becoming a thing of the past," Row said. "The big chain stores are taking over, so with that creativity is gone, too. It's important for clients to see what a company like mine can come in and do."

Row's award-winning display is just one of more than 200 commercial exhibits and vendors who have set up shop for the weekend, attempting to attract potential customers. Attendees can find everything from home-improvement ideas to fully equipped kitchens, all under one roof.

This is the 35th year of the show. Dogwood Arts Marketing Manager Erin Slocum is delighted with what it has turned into.

"We've been doing it here ever since the Convention Center was built," Slocum said. "We are now completely booked with vendors and don't even have enough room for everyone. It's great."

Slocum said last year's show drew approximately 19,800 visitors over three days. She expects a similar crowd this year.

John and Dee Rottluff, who have recently moved to the Knoxville area, came in search of ideas for their new home. …

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