Spring blooms at Maymont flower show in Richmond


February 14, 1993|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Staff Writer

Spring fever will break out in Richmond, Va., next weekend as the fourth annual Maymont Flower and Garden Show returns to the Richmond Convention Centre.

This is Virginia's largest flower and garden show, with 21 huge landscape exhibits that include a traditional Williamsburg garden, a water garden, one scene depicting "A River Outing," a Victorian garden and a waterfall surrounded by tropical plants.

There are thousands of flowers and shrubs on display. One exhibit features rare and exotic orchids, along with modern hybrids, by the Virginia Orchid Society. Another attraction is the Miniature Garden Display by the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond.

There's also a juried art exhibition in which entries are limited to flower, garden and nature subjects; more than 100 flower- and garden-related vendor booths; and experts to answer your gardening questions. Also likely to be popular are the free daily seminars and demonstrations. Jim Wilson, host of the PBS series "The Victory Garden," will speak on "Flowers That Can Take the Heat" at 3 p.m. Friday; "Container Gardening" at noon Saturday; and "Herbs" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Sneak previews of the show are to be offered by Historic Richmond Tours; they will take place an hour before the show opens Friday and Saturday. The $30 admission includes lunch at the Virginia Historical Society, a program on gardening, and an afternoon tour of some of Richmond's finest private gardens. Reservations must be made by Tuesday. (804) 780-0107.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for children ages 2-12. A weekend pass allowing patrons unlimited access to the show is available for $8 for adults; $4 for children. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Maymont Foundation, which operates and maintains Maymont, a 100-acre Victorian estate in the heart of Richmond. The estate, which is open daily to the public, features a 33-room mansion, extensive gardens, nature center, children's farm, and wildlife exhibits. This year, Maymont celebrates its 100th birthday.

The Richmond Centre is located at 400 E. Marshall St. (804) 358-7166.

Pennsylvania Dutch food

Lancaster County, Pa., is well-known for its wonderful cuisine. It is also listed among the top-producing farm counties in the nation.

The area's emphasis on food has brought about a brand new event -- "The Pennsylvania Dutch Food Festival: A Celebration of Food in Lancaster County." The festival, which opens tomorrow and runs through Saturday, is an effort to demonstrate the many ways that food can enhance a visit to Lancaster County.

Tours of food-producing factories, farmers markets and bed-and-breakfast inns, cooking demonstrations, food sampling, displays, local specialties by area restaurants and a community potpie dinner are among the numerous activities scheduled throughout the county.

Here's a sampling of the week's events:

Visitors can watch as local cooks compete for cash prizes in a chicken pot pie cook-off at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Dutch Family Inn, 2250 Route 30 East, Lancaster. There will also be informal lectures and food samplings. Admission is free. (717) 299-8901.

A tour of five bed-and-breakfast inns is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. There will be free samples of brunch food at each of the inns, along with musical entertainment. Tickets cost $5. (717) 627-3358.

Four farm bed-and-breakfast inns in western Lancaster County will hold open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets cost $3 and include samplings of local specialties. (717) 299-8901.

Thursday's agenda includes a 1 p.m. demonstration of Pennsylvania Dutch cooking at King's Cottage, 1049 E. King St., Lancaster. $8 admission includes samples. Reservations required. (717) 397-1017.

On Friday, complimentary fresh cider will be offered at Central Market in Lancaster from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; you can watch as soft pretzels are made, and then sample them, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Meadowbrook Farmers Market in Leola; or you can learn to make shoofly pie and gourmet apple pie at Miller's Smorgasbord Bakery, 2811 Lincoln Highway East, Ronks, at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. (717) 687-6621. All three events are free.

On Saturday, a traditional chicken potpie dinner will be held at the Bird-in-Hand Fire Company from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets for this all-you-can-eat community dinner cost $6. Proceeds will benefit the fire company and the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg. (717) 291-1687.

An Amish taste-fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at the Country Market at Intercourse. Here you can taste whoopie pies, grape mush, homemade root beer and other Amish specialties. Donations will be requested for the Lancaster Farmland Trust. (717) 768-8058.

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