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Curing the Winter Blahs

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Salisbury, MD. Here's a suggestion for getting over the Winter Blahs: the Philadelphia Flower Show…. the Grandmama of all flower shows! Long known as the largest, most spectacular show on the East Coast, the Philadelphia Flower show has something to tickle the fancy of absolutely everybody.

This year the show begins with a PHS Member's preview of Saturday afternoon, March 5th. It opens to the rest of us on March 6th and continues through March 11th. The great news is that the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury is taking a bus trip up on Friday, March 13th. The bus leaves the WYCC in Salisbury at a leisurely 9:30AM, arriving at the Show at approximately noon. It departs Philadelphia at 6:30PM and will deliver gardening enthusiasts back in Salisbury at 10PM. The great thing about going by bus is that, after six hours of walking and shopping at the Show, you can sleep on the way home! Not only that, there is a ton of storage space on the bus, so you can shop to your heart's content. And the best part? The trip is only $64 per person (includes bus transportation, show ticket and driver gratuity). When we checked last Friday, there were still 20 seats left.

The theme, "Springtime in Paris" says it all! Each of the gardening displays and exhibits interprets the theme in its own way. "A blooming "Springtime in Paris" will greet us with a bucolic park scene along the Seine. Flowering trees, lilacs, roses and borders of lavender will lead visitors through gardens inspired by the Tuileries. In the distance, a daring Moulin Rouge atmosphere will pulse with cabaret performances, spectacular flower sculptures and carousel topiaries." In addition, "foodies" will love the International Wine and Spirits Garden presented by the PA Wine & Spirits Store. Based on what we've seen at previous shows, the Show experience should be spectacular!

And what can you expect to learn on Friday? The free seminars are as follows:

12 noon: Butterfly Gardens presented by Carrie Wiles (assuming traffic moves right along and the bus gets us there in time)

1PM: Rain Gardens presented by Kevin Staso

2PM: To be announced

3PM: To be announced

4PM: To be announced

5PM: Tips on Veggie Gardening presented by Chris Holt

6PM: Zoo on Wheels will be presented by a traveling naturalist from the Philadelphia Zoo. If you elect to attend the first part of this one, watch your time, because the bus leaves to come home promptly at 6:30PM…..and it's too far and too cold to walk!

Clothes, Gifts, garden gadgets, plants, specialty items…it's a garden shoppers heaven, so bring your credit cards with you! If it sounds like a bit more walking than you are used to, not to fear, wheelchair rentals are available. For ticket information, just call the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center at 410.548.4911. Hope to see you there!

Gardening Grannies, a mature group of avid and Master Gardeners, live, love and garden on the Delmarva Peninsula. We can be reached at and we look forward to hearing from you.

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