Flower show attendance blossoms

March 04, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Judging from the crowds visiting the Maryland Home & Flower Show at the Timonium Fairgrounds, a similar turnout next weekend should push attendance over the 100,000 mark, show organizers said.

That would top last year's record of 70,000 easily. The annual event has been held in the fairgrounds' Cow Palace and Exhibit Hall for one weekend only for the past four years.

The 1996 show features 450 exhibitors -- mostly home improvement and landscaping contractors, florists, craftsmen, artists and educators -- and is "definitely better than in past years," said Brenda Spowart of Perry Hall.

Mrs. Spowart and her husband, Wayne, spent three hours browsing at yesterday's show and left with cut flowers, fertilizer and rabbit repellent.

The prices on everything seemed more reasonable than at previous shows, Mrs. Spowart said. "We come every year and really enjoy it," she said.

For exhibitors, such as Webb's Landscaping in Fallston, the show can mean 10 to 20 sales contracts, well worth the four days it took to haul in 28 tons of flagstone and Pennsylvania fieldstone.

The firm's display earned an award for the "most effective use of water" for the second year in a row. It boasted 1,400 gallons of filtered, recycled water cascading down a 5-foot stone waterfall into a landscaped pool stocked with koi, or Japanese carp.

Pat and Woody Amy, who have constructed a waterfall garden on their 3-acre property in York, Pa., "We often go to shows like this, looking for new ideas."

"Everyone talks about the Philadelphia flower show," said Jay Plummer, vice president of S & L Productions Inc. of Glen Burnie. "We want them to realize they don't have to go out of town. The tickets are half of what Philly charges."

The show resumes Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $6 for seniors, $2 for children between 6 and 12 and free for those under 6.

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