Poinsettia bonanza Reindeer made from living ivy and...

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November 25, 1999|By Tom LoBianco

Poinsettia bonanza

Reindeer made from living ivy and dressed in tuxedos and gowns will frolic at Longwood Gardens through Jan. 2. Aside from the "Reindeer Soiree," to be held in the Conservatory Music Room, the gardens will also feature 400,000 outdoor lights, fountain displays, decorated trees from the local community and daily concerts. But the highlight of the display will be the floral arrangements: 4,000 red, pink and white poinsettias. German primroses, narcissus, tulips and red, peach and ivory amaryllis trumpets will mingle together. Music will be performed by 27 choral groups from Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The holiday display will run today-Jan. 2, open daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m., at Longwood Gardens, off Route 1, Kennett Square, Pa. $12 ($8 Tuesdays); $6 ages 16-20; $2 ages 6-15; under 6 free. Call 800-737-5500.

Trees and homes

Talbot County's 14th annual Festival of Trees will be held in conjunction with the Festival of Homes to raise money for the Talbot Hospice Foundation, Saturday through Tuesday. Presented by the Friends of Hospice, the events feature tours of local homes both modern and historic. Hope House, built on land granted in 1665, is among four homes decorated for the holidays and open for touring Saturday and Sunday. Festival of Trees will display more than 75 decorated trees and an Elves Shop for holiday shopping. Santa's Breakfast will be open to the entire family (Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Easton Middle School, tickets $12 per child) with a buffet breakfast, photos with Santa and arts and crafts.

Festival of Trees will run Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Tuesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Gold Room, Tidewater Inn, 101 E. Dover St. $5; $4 seniors 62 and over; $1 children under 12; children under 1 free. Festival of Homes will run Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Easton area. $23; $20 in advance. For information on both festivals and Santa's Breakfast, call 410-819-FEST.

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