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Think spring at the PA Garden Show of York this weekend

Kathy Savino takes photos of some of the artwork on display at the Pennsylvania Garden Show of York in Memorial Hall.

Within five minutes of entering the Pennsylvania Garden Show at the York Expo Center Friday, Deborah Maeder of Manchester, Md. was inspired by the many ideas for her garden.

There are at least 125 vendors and eight landscapers who built awe-inspiring gardens with the theme “Once Upon A Time” at this year’s show.

Maeder did not waste any time and took many photos that she wished to use as inspiration for her yard. “I’m here for ideas for my garden and look for unique features,” she said

Her favorite part of the show is the way landscapers used water features and fountains in a small property.

Cher Kondor, consultant for the Pennsylvania Garden Show , is excited that people will be able to see the “Fairy Tale Garden,” which will give York County a hint of spring. “This is a breath of spring. It’s an infusion of beauty, energy, and life.”

The show is split into two areas, one is the market where people can purchase related garden items.

Another is the flower show where people can vote for their favorite plants and flowers. A related companion is between landscapers.

Kondor said the landscapers had four days and $50,000 to create a garden with the fairy theme in mind. “The competition is fierce,” she said.

For those who are looking for a family night out with the flowers, stop by at 5 Saturday.

Children can meet Humpty Dumpty, Little Red Riding Hood and more. Children and adults are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.

A group of artists will also play on the fairy tale theme by painting a mural during the show. Kree Wiede is resident artist of Marketview Arts who was invited to paint during the show.

Wiede said he invited other artists like Jacquie Willoughby of West York, and Nancy Alice Cridland Baum of Lititz in Lancaster County to collaborate on a painting that will be donated to the Jewish Community Center.

Patsy Myers of Elizabethtown checks out the jewelry of Nancy Jane at the Pennsylvania Garden Show Friday.

The Red Brick Bakery and Tea Room of Red Lion joins the show for a second time and will have an Afternoon Garden Tea Party with a three-course meal Saturday. A variety of other events and workshops will be held during the weekend.

Kondor said everything in the show is about showcasing the community through collaboration and education.


What: Pennsylvania Garden Show of York

Where: Memorial Hall at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., West Manchester Township

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: Tickets are on sale at or at the door: $10 for adults; seniors, 62 and older, $9; multi-day pass, $15, and children 12 and younger are free.

Best bet: Saturday is Family Fun Night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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