I just noticed that the PA Home Show isn’t the only gardening related event in town this weekend, as the 15th Annual Mid-Atlantic Garden Show opened on Thursday and will continue through Sunday, March 4, 2007.
The show is being held in Central Pennsylvania over at the York Expo Center. Hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 AM to 8 PM and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.
The Mid-Atlantic Garden Show has too many gardening workshops and seminars on tap for me to list them all, but you can the complete line-up and schedule from the show’s website. Here’s a sampling of the seminars that will be presented:
- Fruit of the Vine – A grape growing workshop presented by Dick Naylor of the Naylor Vineyards.
- Gifts From Your Kitchen – Susanna Reppert from the Rosemary House will demonstrate how to create delicious jellies, vinegars, herbal mustards, and more using fresh ingredients right out of the garden.
- Some Like It Hot – Discover heat and drought tolerant plants that are perfect for planting in Central Pennsylvania landscapes. Presented by Dave Wildasin of the Strathmeyer Landscape Development Corporation.
- Bonsai, the Living Art – Jim Doyle of Nature’s Way Nursery presents this session as well as a couple of additional workshops that focus on the care and maintenance of fascinating bonsai plants.
- Smooth Sailing, Basic Pond Construction – Gary Kling from Farrell’s Nursery will offer tips on building an attractive backyard pond.
- Friend or Foe – Having trouble determining which bugs are destructive and which are beneficial? Well David Birk from the Winterthur Museum will present info and photos to help you distinguish which insects are naughty or nice.
- Under the Knife, a History of Pruning – Wesley Greene of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation reveals pruning techniques that you can use to create your own fancy topiaries and espalier plants at home.
Other events include display gardens, craft demonstrations, a standard flower show, and a huge garden market with all kinds of garden accessories, supplies, and products for the gardener. Exhibitors include the following companies:
- The Compost Tea Company
- Brunswick Birdhouse Creations
- Herb Society of America
- Hively’s Farm and Nursery
- Miller Plant Farm
- PSU Master Gardeners
- Soil Secret Inc.
- Ziegler Greenhouse & Aquatics
- Bartlett Tree Experts
- Flower & Craft Warehouse
- The Pond Shop
- Shiloh Garden Club
- Sproutwood Farm
- Susquehanna Bonsai Club
- Sweet Woodruff Farm
- And many other farm and garden vendors.
Between the PA Home Show in Harrisburg, and the Mid-Atlantic Garden Show in York, it looks like the weekend offers plenty of activities for area gardeners looking to enjoy a break from winter and a taste of the gardening season that is just around the corner.
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