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Thousands expected at HCC's flower and garden show this weekend

Thousands expected at HCC's flower and garden show this weekend

March 12, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

Even people looking to cut back their expenses during this tough economy might want to spend the $4 to go to this weekend's flower and garden show.

Having your own vegetable garden will save money and feed the family, said Lisa Stewart, alumni relations coordinator for Hagerstown Community College.

"We realize that people are going to be planting gardens (who) maybe never did that in the past," she said.

The 15th annual Flower and Garden Show, presented by HCC's Alumni Association, is Saturday and Sunday in HCC's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.

Floor space is sold out, with 93 vendors expected.

About 5,300 visitors came to last year's show and Stewart is hopeful to have at least that many this year.

"It's only $4 for adults. That's cheap enough that it's a nice day of entertainment," Stewart said.

And if people go to shop, the price for plants can be inexpensive, she said.

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There's also an opportunity to win four hours of gardening by a team of volunteers by entering an HCC Alumni Association raffle.

The show includes seven seminars and demonstrations on Saturday, and four on Sunday. Topics include vegetable gardening, container gardening and rainwater harvesting. There's also a salad box building workshop. A salad box is a low, wooden container that can be used to grow basic salad greens and vegetables.

Free gardening activities will be available for children.

New vendors to the show include:

o Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown, where visitors can learn about plants that are dangerous to pets.

o Bird Condos, which builds specialized birdhouses.

o De Little O'Greenhouse, which sells a variety of orchids.

o Cavetown Ace Home Center, which will display gardening tools.




If you go ...



WHAT: Fifteenth annual Flower & Garden Show

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 15

WHERE: Athletic, Recreation and Community Center, Hagerstown Community Center off Robinwood Drive east of Hagerstown

COST: $4; free for ages 11 and younger

CONTACT: Call 301-790-2800, ext. 346, or go to www.hagerstowncc.edu

Farms featured at the flower & garden show



Agricultural Marketing for Washington County will have a booth featuring several local farms. According to Leslie Hendrickson-Hart, agriculture marketing specialist, this includes:

o Evensong Farm of Sharpsburg, which sells locally grown produce, eggs and meat and offers memberships in its Community Supported Agriculture program. In return for an annual membership fee, CSA members receive a weekly box of produce during growing season.

o Caprikorn Farms of Gapland, which makes goat cheese.

o Triple R Farm of Rohrersville, which sells quilts and wool and will have a spinning demo.

o Many Rocks Farm of Keedysville, which sells locally raised goat meat as well as soap and specialty products.

The agricultural marketing booth also will have information about the Alpaca Open House on March 28-29 and the Ag Expo and Fair from July 17 to 23.

Seminar and demonstration schedule



Saturday, March 14

9:30 a.m. -- Rain Gardens

10:30 a.m. -- Vegetable Gardening: In the Beginning

11:30 a.m. -- Vegetable Gardening: Getting to Harvest

12:30 p.m. -- Growing a backyard vineyard

1:30 p.m. -- Rainwater Harvesting

2:30 p.m. -- How to Build a Salad Box

3:30 p.m. -- Container Gardening

Sunday, March 15

11:30 a.m. -- Yoga: In and Out of the Garden

12:30 p.m. -- Tea: The Ultimate Green Product

1:30 p.m. -- Using Alternative Products: Our Effect on the Bay

2:30 p.m. -- Hard Scaping vs. Green Scaping: Why Have We Forgotten the Green?

Hagerstown Council of Garden Clubs
floral demonstration schedule



Saturday, March 14

11 a.m. -- Gardening with Herbs

1 p.m. -- Tabletop Floral Topiary

3 p.m. -- Easter Basket Plants

Sunday, March 15

11 a.m. -- Line Arrangement

3 p.m. -- Miniatures

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