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March 01, 2001|By KARIN REMESCH

Philadelphia Flower Show in full bloom

Visitors to this year's Philadelphia Flower Show will be taken on a trip to floral wonderlands across centuries and continents. Experience the geometric designs of ancient Egypt's canal gardens, the Mediterranean plantings of garden designer Penelope Hobhouse and the whimsical folly of Chanticleer, America's romantic pleasure garden. Your journey through the show - called "Great Gardeners of the World" - will also take you across acres of blooming back yards, front yards, terraces, side yards, streetscapes and sun rooms filled with ideas for the spring gardening season.

For the indoor gardener, the show offers more than 2,000 examples of plants, collections, designs and flower arrangements.

Throughout the 33-acre Pennsylvania Convention Center, floral exhibits, lectures and demonstrations abound. You can also attend culinary events and visit the Flower Show Marketplace, where 125 vendors will offer garden equipment, supplies and gifts.

The show is open Sunday through March 11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets. Hours vary. Admission is $10-$24. Call 215-988-8899.

International Auto Show

New cars, trucks, minivans and sport utility vehicles roll into the Ocean City Convention Center this weekend for the 2001 International Auto Show of the Eastern Shore. The show offers a lineup of 2001 models and a sneak preview of 2002 vehicles, as well as concept cars, a hot-rod display, exotic cars and celebrity appearances, including one by Baltimore Ravens' running back Jamal Lewis.

From Ford and Chrysler to Kia and Saturn, domestic and import manufacturers will showcase the latest in comfort, performance and style. Visitors will be invited to sit in the driver's seats, inspect engines and compare legroom.

The Convention Center is at Coastal Highway and 40th Street. Show hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3-6. Advance E-ticket sales are available on-line at www.autoshowusa.com. Call 410-289-8181.

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