`Welcome Spring' at Longwood Gardens Spring is just...

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January 25, 2001|By Karin Remesch

`Welcome Spring' at Longwood Gardens

Spring is just down the road at Longwood Gardens, near Kennett Square, Pa. Longwood's "Welcome Spring" display, Saturday through April 6, features acres of warm, colorful gardens under glass. Daily programs, including gardening demonstrations, children's fun days, concerts, a Smithsonian exhibition on early 20th-century gardens and a photography exhibition on Longwood's first master plan add to the charm of this wintertime refuge.

Inside the Conservatory, enjoy a four-acre fairy-tale world. Towering trees, fragrant old-fashioned flowers, lush lawns and exotic plants flourish beneath glass roofs that keep winter at bay with the help of three massive boilers and thousands of feet of steam line. From January through April, more than 40,000 bulbs coaxed into bloom fill the two center greenhouses. Daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and lilies mingle with forget-me-nots and butterfly bushes in beds surrounding two lawns and a 74-foot-long reflecting pool.

Longwood is on Route 1. The gardens are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, until 6 p.m. in April. Admission is $12, $8 Tuesdays; $6 ages 16-20; $2 ages 6-15. Call 800-737-5500.

Paper Americana Show

Browse displays of antique books, postcards, newspapers, art prints, advertising collectibles, photographs and general ephemera Saturday at the 14th annual Paper Americana Show at Singerly Fire Company in Elkton. More than 30 dealers from Maryland and surrounding states will offer local and regional collectibles.

The fire hall is at the intersection of Routes 213 and 279. Admission is $2, free under 12. Call 410-398-7300.

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