Flowers, plants, antiques set for Homestead show

April 29, 1994|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

Spring is a time for planting, cleaning and redecorating.

So, the Union Mills Homestead would like to offer some help with everything but the cleaning at its 25th annual flower and plant market and fourth annual antiques show tomorrow and Sunday.

"We have beautiful quality flowers and plants from Maryland and Pennsylvania," said Esther Shriver, the Homestead's executive director. "And they display the antiques beautifully on all three floors of the grist mill."

The flower show will offer a wide array of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetable and herb plants, roses, azaleas and potted plants, just in time for Mother's Day.

"Something new this year is a manufacturer from California doing fresh flowers under glass. The glass magnifies the flowers," Mrs. Shriver said.

Do you need a table to set that pretty plant on? The grist mill will be filled with antiques from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ohio.

From its first year, when only a few vendors needed one floor for the antique display, the show has grown into a popular addition to the plant market that fills the mill.

"This is a juried indoor show, which means things are going to be nice and authentic -- it's going to be what people say it is," said Patricia Keener, chairwoman of the antiques show.

Prospective dealers are screened for a mix of quality merchandise, from small decorative pieces to full-size furniture, she said.

Among the items that will be for sale are American country furniture, decorated accessories, boxes, baskets, cut glass, silver, old prints and books and wicker furniture.

"There will be things for the garden -- Victorian wire and wicker baskets, urns, tripod stands and furniture," Ms. Keener said.

"There should be something in every price range and affordable," she said.

Some of the specialty items to be offered at the show will be first edition books of local history, prints of Carroll County scenes and, for the first time, quilts.

Admission to the antiques show is $2. Admission to the Union Mills Homestead farmhouse is $2.50. Visitors can buy a ticket for both for $4.

The event is a family affair, with wagon rides, breakfast and lunch available, and the gift shop open.

The flower and plant market and antiques show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Homestead is at 3311 Littlestown Pike, seven miles north of Westminster.

Information: 848-2288.

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