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Crowd swarms in for Flower and Garden Show

March 20, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Not only Easter, but Mother's Day came early for Anna Showalter Saturday afternoon as she was presented with a gift of a wreath decked with purple flowers that she earlier had admired at Hagerstown Community College.

"I wasn't going to spend the money, but here it is," she said.

For three years, Showalter, of Broadway, Va., has accompanied her daughter, Paula Costello, and daughter-in-law, Dixie Showalter, to the HCC Alumni Association's Flower and Garden Show to admire the wares and buy a few things.

"I've made a couple of trips in and out," said Dixie Showalter, who first learned of the event via a circular she saw in Luray, Va., a couple of years ago. Now in its 11th year, the event has grown in numbers of vendors and the people they draw.

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Dixie Showalter lives near Harrisonburg, Va., but her sister-in-law is from nearby Kearneysville, W.Va. Still, the distances aren't as important as getting together for the day and finding that all-important gift for Anna Showalter.

Jennifer Yaraghi may be only 7 years old, but Saturday afternoon, she was having as much fun as her father, Amir Yaraghi.

"People kept giving me stuff," Jennifer said, sporting decorative paint on her face. "I got a pencil, some games and a ruler, too."

Father and daughter were taking a break at the tables and chairs.

"My wife is still in there looking for plants," he said.

Becky and Bob Basford, proprietors of D.S. Griffith and Co. in Gerrardstown, W.Va., said they have a lot of fun showing their wares at the show.

"We also give advice on care of plants," Bob Basford said.

Other vendors offered stone products, lawn and garden equipment, pottery, statuary, tree services, herbs, spas, outdoor furniture and gourmet garden gifts, to name a few items.

Betty Newcomer, a resident of Waynesboro, Pa., wasn't doing much walking Saturday, but she was enjoying the show and spending time with her daughter, Jean Oaks, who emerged several times with some of her finds.

"She got some lovely roses," Newcomer said.

Cindy Downs, longtime president of the Clear Spring Garden Club, described some of her treasures. They included autumn clematis, a willow, some Creeping Jenny and even some Easter candy for her son.

"I also found a great egg wreath for Easter," Downs said.

The theme of this year's show is "All Creatures Great and Small." Proceeds from the show benefit the HCC Alumni Amphitheater.

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