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Second day of HCC annual Flower & Garden Show a success

March 17, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Dennis and Liz Stead of Sharpsburg look over birdhouses at the Fly Home Birdhouses booth during the Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association's 19th annual Flower & Garden Show Sunday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

Buckets that collapse, a variety of locally made cheeses, and advice about compost and rain barrels could be found among the displays of colorful flowers and garden-themed decor Sunday at the Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association’s 19th annual Flower & Garden Show.

One of the tables closest to the show entrance in the Athletic, Recreation and Community Center was for the master gardeners of Washington County.

One man who came in Sunday morning asked how to treat bagworms, said master gardener Linda Shelbert, who lives in the Mount Aetna area.

“We recommend BT,” said Shelbert, referring to Bacillus thuringiensis. “It isn’t full of bad stuff.”

More than 500 people stopped by the master gardeners’ table on Saturday for information and about 40 people had come by within the first 90 minutes Sunday, master gardeners said.

On the other side of the community center, Annette Ipsan was giving a seminar about creating sustainable gardens.

“Sustainability is really about using what you have on-site” to garden and to protect the environment, said Ipsan, horticulture educator for the University of Maryland Extension’s Washington County office.

Gardeners can find information about a variety of topics online at the extension’s Home and Garden Information Center, at http://www.hgic.umd.edu.

Spriggs Delight Farm, northwest of Sharpsburg, offered samplings of its goat cheeses.

Farm representatives started attending the show four years ago at the encouragement of Leslie Hart, agricultural marketing specialist for the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, said Jill Little, who makes cheese for the farm.

Spriggs Delight Farm keeps coming back to sell its cheeses “because it’s a good show,” Little said.

Among the vendors were some selling tools.

They included Tomboy Tools, which billed its pink-and-black tools as “ergonomic tools designed to fit a woman’s hand,” and X-Treme Products.

This was the first year X-Treme Products had come to the local show, said Froy Tinajero, owner of the Sevierville, Tenn., business.

Tinajero said he found the show online, and as an established show, it looked good.

“It was everything they said it was,” Tinajero said.

Also new this year was the Clipped competition, a takeoff on the “Chopped” competition on Food Network, organizer Judy Kofoet said.

Four women participated in the competition, which eliminated a contestant after each round, she said.

In the first round, participants were to create a table arrangement, Kofoet said. The remaining three contestants could choose to create a wedding bouquet, a corsage or a boutonniere, she said.

The two finalists, Theresa Van Der Bos and Candee Logan, had to design a floral arrangement that interpreted the painting, “Swans on a Pond,” Kofoet said.

The alumni association will donate $75 to the community garden of the winner’s choosing, Kofoet said. Logan, the winner, chose the garden at Western Maryland Hospital Center, Kofoet said.

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