Who needs a vacation when you can have paradise in your own backyard? The 48th Annual Southern Spring Home and Garden Show will show you how to create your own custom getaway without leaving the house. This year's theme is Shades of Green. The show will focus on energy efficient appliances and tips on how to garden your way to a greener life. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $7-$9. Charlotte Merchandise Mart, 2500 E. Independence Blvd. 704-376-6594 x125. www.southernshows.com.