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Want Instant Summer? Visit a Flower Show #GardenSense

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Indoor Flower Shows help ease me through winter’s cold, ice and snow. Walk through the door and you’re transported to anywhere the flower and garden vendors wants to take you.
Places like The Philadelphia Flower show have a different theme each year. In past years I attended a Garden Writers Convention there and was privy to tour the show with only a hundred or so in attendance. Nice, quiet and spacious aisles.
First impression I get is a sense of awe thinking about how long it takes to create these displays. I’ve done them on a small scale, so I know firsthand what’s involved. A lot of work but so rewarding!
Everything gets trucked in, trees, flowers, plants, decorations and supports. Don’t forget the soil, peat moss, and sod.
You will also need tarps, watering devices like cans and hoses.
The smell is equally enticing. Fresh cut flowers are replaced as needed to freshen displays.
Garden displays range from small endeavors to huge displays with walkways and life-sized trees. You can find outdoor settings, natural woody areas, potted plants, windowboxes and more. Most are entered in the show’s judging arena for ribbons and more.
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Here’s a few flower shows going on this winter. Check out one in your area for a taste of spring or even summer!

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As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
esh grown food as a focal point. . My hands-on programs and instruction helped hundreds of children and adults learn about where their food comes from and how important fresh food is for your body.
Currently I’m a cook at a college in Pennsylvania. We prepare everything we can from scratch, including our potato chips that tout the seasoning of the day!
Of course I write about food; it's in my blood!

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