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PA Garden Show brings hints of spring to area

Updated: Monday, February 24 2014, 10:02 AM CST
Reported by: Jesse Knutson

Harrisburg--Amidst the cold and snow on the ground, the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg was filled with a taste of spring this weekend.
 
The 2014 Pennsylvania Garden Expo featured flowers, trees, landscapes, and dozens of vendors, all waiting for spring patiently, and happy to show what they have in store.
 
“It’s great because no one can get out yet,” Janice Lilly, a visitor at the Garden Expo, said. “If you come here, you can get ideas for what you can do next month when the snow finally melts.”
 
Local Palmyra business, The Greenskeeper, was voted best display, showcasing landscaping, hardscaping, and some very unique features like a hallway through a miniature river.
 
Owner of The Greenskeeper, Eric Allebach, said the harsh winter presented some problems while preparing for this year’s show.
 
“It made it a little more difficult to get the plants where they needed to be,” Allebach said. “Sunshiny days help the greenhouses.”
 
Other landscaping companies, like Hummel’s Landscape Inc. off of Linglestown Road in Harrisburg, say the cold and snow have pushed back the start of their work this year.
 
“It just put us behind a little bit more,” Brandon Laudenslager of Hummel’s Landscape said. “Hopefully an easier spring will help us. If it’s not to wet, we can work up a lot of overtime and get some things going and get our projects moving.”
 
Because the Garden Expo took place before the spring has arrived, many vendors like DreamScapes Watergardens took the opportunity to give people ideas for when the sun starts shining by creating a pondless waterfall that emptied into a 12x20 foot pond.
 
Water features, flowers, and outdoor living areas were just a few of the things that got visitors ready to enjoy their gardens come warmer temperatures, but for those who can’t handle a whole yard, the Susquehanna Bonsai Club was on hand to show the beauty one tree can provide, all year long. Even in the cold.
 
“Bonsai trees freeze solid during the winter, and that really doesn’t hurt them,” Bob Findley, Vice President of the Susquehanna Bonsai Club, said.
 
The show also featured vendors selling everything from locally made wine, arts and crafts, and food.
 
“It’s so refreshing to see color and bloom, and just see anything that’s alive,” Karen Masser, a visitor to the show, said. “It really seems desolate out in your yard right now.”
 
Vendors at the Expo said this is the perfect time to start planning for the spring. Once you decide what you want to do with your yard, it can take weeks or even months to put plans in place to get your outdoor area looking like you want it.
PA Garden Show brings hints of spring to area


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