Garden Shows Arrive; Can Spring Be Far Behind?

February 28, 2008

It may be difficult to believe but springtime and a new growing season are just around the corner and a sure sign of that is the arrival of the various local garden shows and expos!

If you need a break from all of the snow and cold that is probably still lingering outside your door, then a trip to explore the exhibits, workshops, and lectures at your own nearby garden expo may be the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon.

2008 Mid-Atlantic Garden Show

Garden Show Display

Opening today is the Mid-Atlantic Garden Show in York PA at the Toyota Arena on the York Fairgrounds. This garden show runs from February 28 – March 2, 2008. Hours are 12 noon to 8 pm today, 10 am to 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10 am to 5 pm when the show closes on Sunday.

Gardening workshops will offer the following topics and more:

  • Hi Tech Flowers from South of the Border
  • Honey Bees in the Garden
  • Tree Care for the Home Garden
  • Bonsai, the Living Art
  • The Way to a Clear Healthy Pond
  • Bay Laurel Kitchen Wreath
  • Great Plants For Your Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary

Also on hand this Saturday will be Rebecca Kolls of “Rebecca’s Garden” serving as the featured speaker and providing a lecture about organic gardening and a separate workshop on designing containers.

Jazzin It Up in Philadelphia

If you’re seeking a grander scale and want orchestras, brass bands, parades, and jazz as part of your gardening event then just head over to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and enjoy the 2008 Philadelphia Flower Show taking place from March 2nd through the 9th.

This event is one of the leading gardening shows in the entire country and dates back to 1829. The theme of this year’s show is “Jazz It Up” and promises to add some excitement with the music and gardening styles from the “Big Easy,” New Orleans.

In addition to the entertainment there will be plenty of great gardening ideas of interest to the vegetable gardener including: composting, bee keeping, container gardening, mulching tips, tree care, and information on growing herbs. There’s also a full line-up of All-Star Culinary Demonstrations that I’m sure will provide new ideas for using those fresh herbs.

Interesting gardening presentations will include the following subjects:

  • Cooking with Herbs in the Louisiana Kitchen
  • Attracting Birds to Your Backyard
  • Vegetables, Fruits and a Touch of Flowers
  • Who Goes There; Bugs in Your Garden, Friend or Foe?
  • Seed Starting for Great Vegetables
  • Beauty and Bounty in a Cook’s Garden
  • Incredible Edibles

2008 Pennsylvania Garden Expo

Garden Show Display with Stream

Finally next weekend will see the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex open its doors for the Pennsylvania Garden Expo. The expo begins on Thursday, March 6th and runs through Sunday the 9th.

Special events include Family Night on Saturday evening, and the benefit auction which will be held on Sunday afternoon. The auction will benefit the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Horticulture Programs in Central PA.

Scheduled gardening lectures that caught my eye included:

  • Spare the Spray: Let Bugs Do Your Garden Pest Control
  • Bonsai: A New Look for an Old Tree
  • Soft/Biorational Pest Control
  • A Green Way to Solving Your Garden Problems
  • Organic Lawn Care
  • Edible Herbal Bonsai Miniature Landscape
  • Trade Secrets to Eco-Friendly Water Gardening

As usual, Roger Swain of the “Victory Garden” and Horticulture magazine will share his humor and extensive gardening expertise to keep you both informed and entertained on a variety of gardening topics.

So even if you can’t get out into the garden yet there may be a gardening show in your area that will help pass the time until spring arrives in your particular growing region.

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  • Yeah I know I am sick of winter and glad that spring is drawing near. Yeah we actually have a home show going on next weekend in which I might plan on attending if I’m not too busy. Great way to go and plan for the summer and look forward to seeing some nice weather finally drawing near.

    Great blog with tons of great gardening advice. Will stop by again and again.


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    The Goldfish Guy

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  • Hello Kenneth, I read your ‘About the Gardener’ and find that we share interests in organic gardening and the spiritual facet of gardening and nature.

    My husband and I once visited the Rodale organic research gardens in Penn. Might that be the one where you worked an internship?

    I found you on Blotanical and thought I would come over and read awhile.

    My last post was about garlic mustard, also.
    You wrote about cautions concerning using wild plants one has never eaten before. That is wise counsel. I have pulled and dug about a ton of the stuff and in cold winter it does smell fresh and good. I may try eating a little next time.

    I am intrigued by your post about potato onions. I never heard of them, but would like to try them if I can find some starts.

    I have clicked around your blog and enjoyed reading several posts. You have a very good web site. I sorta’ got lost in here, but I’ll find my way out. Thanks for all the information and photographs.

  • Kenny Point

    Thanks for stopping by Barbee’, the organic farm that I lived on was not Rodale, but a smaller one (40 acres) just outside of York, PA. I think that you would like the potato onions, the seed is not easy to come by, but once you get a few bulbs it’s a cinch to grow and save your own seeds. I will stop over to visit your site and see what’s growing.

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