HCC Flower and Garden Show

February 24, 2000

'Showcase' to feature work of Washington County florists

Many of the 11,000 visitors who attended the Flower and Garden Show in previous years said they would like to see more flowers, according to Judy Kofoet, show chairwoman.

This year's event will feature "A Showcase of Florists," featuring the handiwork of Washington County florists.

So many local florists operate one- or two-person businesses and aren't able to take a weekend to participate in the flower and garden show.

"We thought it would be a nice way to get them involved," says Katherine Lee, who is coordinating the showcase.

The theme is "Think Spring," and participants include:

  • Kamelot Florists and Gifts
  • Deb's Flowers and Gifts
  • Ellen-Joy florist and gifts
  • A Personal Touch Florist
  • Charles A. Gibney Florist
  • The Lily Pad Flowers and Gifts
  • Jennifer's Floral Creations
  • Petals 'N Bows Flower Shop
  • T.G. Designs
  • Valley Flowers
  • The Village Florist and Gifts
  • Danner's Greenhouse, Garden Center and Florist
  • Rooster Vane Gardens

See also: Seminar and demonstration schedule

By KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer

Spring won't spring until March 20 this year, but you can get a preview Saturday, March 11, and Sunday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sixth Annual Flower and Garden Show at Hagerstown Community College.

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The Athletic, Recreation and Community Center will bloom with exhibits, garden club displays, show gardens by area businesses, a children's activity and planting corner and two days of seminars and demonstrations.

But spring has a down side. Do you dread the big cleanup in your own yard? Does the prospect of all that work turn you into a bear and make you want to hibernate?

Take a chance and get some help. Terrie Angle of Hagerstown did last year. She bought a raffle ticket and won "A Day in the Garden," gardening services provided by a team of HCC Alumni Association volunteers led by Sandy Scott, horticulture consultant for Maryland Cooperative Extension, Washington County.

"I was so pleased with what they did," says Angle, who teaches foreign languages at HCC.

Angle, a former president of HCC's alumni association, volunteered at last year's show, coordinating the seminars and introducing some of the speakers. During a break, she bought a raffle ticket and is happy that she won. There was another raffle - a chance to win a cruise.

But Angle prefers the prize she got.

She and her husband, John, had lived in their North Hagerstown home for less than a year. Her yard crew arrived last May 25, and Angle knew almost all of them. Scott, who led the crew, is the only horticulture professional. Volunteers were Shirl Grattan, a radiographer; Gary Freeman, National Institutes of Health security officer; Ron Myers, retired vice president of F&M Bank; Judy Kofoet, HCC professor and show chairwoman; Jack Hall, Hagerstown City policeman; Katherine Lee, secretary at St. Ann Catholic Church; Wayne Taylor, retired railroad fraud investigator; Joe DeSensi, retired correctional officer; and Lisa Stewart, HCC alumni coordinator.

None of the volunteers is known as a gardening expert, but they were really good at "grunt" work, Stewart says.

Angle doesn't know why, but for some reason she expected her crew to be mostly women.

"Let me go get my heaviest stuff," she said when she saw the men arriving, she recalls.

They spotted some stepping stones the Angles had and suggested that they be placed in front of a gate. Then they placed them. They planted impatiens, begonias and pineapple sage. The crew did a lot of raking and weeding and mulching. Angle had five bags of mulch and had to run out to buy two more.

When she gardens, Angle says she just kind of spreads mulch around. These guys were "quite professional" about the process, using strings for plumb lines to get the beds of mulch precisely straight.

"I walked around with Sandy. She guided my plan," Angle says of Scott. Scott advised moving some plants to more suitable locations in the yard.

"I did oversee some pruning and gave lessons to my crew," Scott says. She did more than oversee - she also worked, according to Angle.

When pruning, Scott likes to retain the natural shape of the trees. She doesn't want them to look like "gumdrops." There were some good-size holly trees in the Angles' yard, according to Scott. "It really went pretty smooth," she adds.

The garden party ended as a pizza party, with the Alumni Association picking up the tab for lunch.

"It was just great," Angle says.

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