Spring into spring -- after visiting flower, garden show

March 07, 2006|by LORI YOUNG

March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb? We'll see.

March is the time to gear up for the gardening season.

March is the time to sit and plan what you will plant in the upcoming growing season. It is also the time to plant trees and shrubs, start seeds indoors, and clean out perennial beds and divide the perennials.

Other things you can do in March to get ready for the growing season are to prune your apple and pear trees and have your soil tested, if you haven't already done that.

Need ideas for the growing season?

The 12th Annual Flower and Garden Show will be held at Hagerstown Community College on March 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on March 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The theme for this year's show is, "The Gift of the Garden."

In addition to the floral and garden exhibitors, there will be seminars and demonstrations throughout both days.

Some of the seminar subjects are flower arranging, pond maintenance, feng shui, bees and plastic lumber.

Maryland Cooperative Extension will be represented by Jeff Semler speaking on "Managing your Lawn/Turfgrass," Lynn Little speaking on "Using the Gifts of the Garden for Your Health and Well Being," and me! I will speak on "IPM in the Garden: A Gift for the Environment."

For a complete schedule of the seminars and demonstrations, go online and please visit

Or, call me at 301-791-1604 for a schedule.

By looking at the exhibits and attending the seminars, you can gain ideas for your own landscape.

Need advice about your landscape? The Washington County Master Gardeners will be at the show on Saturday, March 18, to answer questions at their "Ask a Master Gardener Plant Clinic." The clinic will be held at the Maryland Cooperative Extension exhibit.

We will have fact sheets on those pesky stink bugs, as well as other topics. We will be able to take samples and answer questions. Or, if more information is needed, we can advise you what to do next.

Our goal is to help you with your landscape problems using environmentally sound techniques.

If this isn't enough to do at the show, there are also raffles, show gardens, live radio remotes, children's activities and a garden caf.

Come and get ideas for the growing season!

Lori Young is an Extension educator, specializing in horticulture for the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension. She is based in Washington County. She can be reached weekdays by telephone at 301-791-1604, ext. 14, or by e-mail at

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