Daffodil show opens April 3 at London Town


March 26, 1998|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ONE DAY IT'S 73 degrees; the next it's 23. There's no mistaking the wacky month of March.

Right on time, District II of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland presents the 18th annual daffodil show April 3-5 at London Town: Daffodils, Digs & Discoveries.

The show is expected to be the best ever -- daffodils are noted for their gallant defiance of lousy weather -- and will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Daffodil experts Marie Coulter and Chris Hoffman from the Chartwell Garden Club in Severna Park are chairing the event.

Those of us who think daffodils just pop through the ground for our personal pleasure are pitifully misinformed. With 12 divisions, seven classes and one special section, there is enough variety in this species to fill three reference shelves in the Severna Park library top to bottom. And don't forget the miniatures (12 divisions and five classes).

You can't imagine the exhibiting rules the judges and participants have to know. Forget first, second and third place. In this competition, there are 14 ribbon categories.

The good news is that visitors don't have to know a thing about horticulture; they just have to be able to appreciate a gorgeous flower when face to face with one.

Consider yourself warned, however. If you spend too much time admiring these beautiful bulbs, next fall you may just find yourself planting a pink or orange variation or two in your own garden.

Show tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for youngsters.

'Oklahoma' on tap

The Old Mill High School Patriot Players will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" April 2, 3, 4 and 5.

The Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7: 30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee at 3 p.m.

The 27-member cast is led by seniors Julie Davis and Matt Myer. Also starring are seniors Kerry Brady, Joe Stegner, Andy Tucker and Kevin Bolk and junior Diana Dulin.

Krista Parker is director, and Richard Bright is technical director. John Scripture will conduct the orchestra.

Others behind the scenes are Becky Tucker, Brent Cantell, Barbie Thelen, Susan Roesler, Andy Smith, Damien Reiland and Kajal Pancholi.

Call 410-969-9010, Ext. 223, for more information.

Pub Date: 3/26/98

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