It’s not Woodstock, but the Athletic, Recreation and Community Center at Hagerstown Community College will have one thing in common with the 1960s music festival this weekend — flower power.
Buds, blooms, fronds and fern will be everywhere as part of the annual Flower & Garden Show, hosted by HCC’s Alumni Association. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18.
In addition to vendors, the show will feature floral and landscaping gurus who will be on hand to share their knowledge through a variety of seminars.
One such speaker will be Troy Gifft, a Hagerstown floral designer with more than 25 years experience in the industry.
Gifft is, along with Todd Gossert, co-owner of T.G. Designs, and he will speak on a topic he’s pretty familiar with — flowers and weddings.
His seminar is “The Promise of Your Spring Wedding,” and it will provide designs, demonstrations and information for individuals planning a ceremony, no matter how simple or lavish.
Gifft’s goal, he said, is to “show that beautiful wedding designs can be created on limited budgets by a professional florist without settling for low-end flowers from a big box store or mail order flower supply company.”
Gifft’s interest in floral design blossomed while he was a high school student at what was then the Washington County Career Studies Center. That basic training was the springboard into developing his natural talent for creating a product that is visually appealing, Gifft said.
“While floral design can be taught, natural ability and talent are generally traits which separate florists’ skill levels,” Gossert said.
Gossert said T.G. Designs will mark its 15th anniversary this spring, and, throughout those years, the wedding shopper has been one of the shop’s most important business clients.
“Troy meets with all of our brides when they plan weddings,” Gossert said, “and has experience designing bouquets from traditional to cutting edge.”
While wedding planning is different for every bride and groom, there are basic elements that can make things go more smoothly, regardless of how big or small the ceremony, Gossert said.
These include budget, location, specific counts of people attending the wedding and likes and dislikes when it comes to flowers and colors.
And when it comes to flowers, both men say the selection is limitless.
“With the globalization of floral suppliers, nearly all flowers are available throughout the year,” Gossert said. “There are some exceptions, such as spring flowers. But most basic flowers can be ordered every month of the year.”
T.G. Designs has participated in previous Flower & Garden Show seminars at HCC and also offer occasional seminars at their store and at various garden clubs throughout the area.
When it comes to this weekend’s event, “we hope that people will walk away from the show and from our demonstration with a better understanding of flowers and the benefit flowers add to every day life,” Gossert explained. “Flowers are a great way to express feelings — when words can’t express how you feel.”
If you go ...
WHAT: Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association’s Flower & Garden Show
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18
WHERE: HCC’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center, campus is off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown
COST: Admission costs $4; free for children younger than 12
CONTACT: For additional information, contact Lisa Stewart at 240-500-2346, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE: Proceeds benefit the HCC Alumni Association.
HCC Flower & garden show seminars
Saturday, March 17
10 a.m. — “Design with Ornamental Grasses” with Christine Abelow
11 a.m. — “Designing Your Landscape Gardens” with Laurie Waltz, landscape designer with Ott’s Horticulture
Noon — “The Basics of Roses” with Sandy Scott, horticulture educator
1 p.m. — “Preserving the Gifts of Your Garden” with Lynn Little, family and consumer sciences educator with University of Maryland Extension
2 p.m. — “Creating a Meditation Garden” with Greg Ott of Ott’s Horticulture
3 p.m. — “The Promise of Your Spring Wedding” with Troy Gifft of T.G. Design
Sunday, March 18
11 a.m. — “Photography in the Garden” with Craig Camp, Washington County Master Gardener
Noon — “The Gardens of Europe” with Annette Ipsan, horticulture educator
1 p.m. — “Composting for Soil Amendment” with Karen Greeley, Washington County master gardener
2 p.m. — “Discover How Solar Energy Works for the Garden” with Michelle Liefke of Mountain View Solar
3 p.m. — “Antique Rose: Herb of the Year” with Madeline Wadja of Willow Pond Farm
Demonstrations will be held both days.