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VIDEO, PHOTOS: Adams Lawn and Garden Show brings signs of spring

Jerry Husted said he has been visiting the Adams Annual Lawn and Garden Show for “too many years to count.”

Still, each year when the menagerie of patios, walkways, ponds and plant life sculpted by Adams Landscaping debuts in late February, it brings “new surprises,” the Poughkeepsie resident said.

“It’s absolutely beautiful,” he said Sunday while looking at the various displays at the Adams Fairacre Farms Poughkeepsie location. “I’ve been coming here for as long as I can remember. We’ve recently started going to the show in Wappinger, as well.”

This year’s display in Poughkeepsie features a replica of the Mid-Hudson Bridge, complete with floating hot air balloon lanterns to simulate the annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival. One display honored the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, in honor of the centennial of the National Parks Service on Aug. 25.

Husted said he did a double-take when he saw the landmark overpass.

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“The detail is amazing,” he said. “You can see the little lights along the suspension.”

The show, open from Feb. 27 to March 6, is a chance for landscapers to show off their creativity and for green thumbs to find inspiration when they plant their gardens in the spring, which will officially begin March 20 this year. There are also shows at Adams’ other locations. The display in Newburgh is likewise open Feb. 27 to March 6, while displays in Wappinger and Kingston will be open March 4-13.

The shows themselves have been going for more than 30 years, store manager Mark Griffin said.

“It gets bigger and bigger every year,” Griffin said. “It started with one store where we had a landscaping department that was basically idle during the winter months. Many landscapers are essentially laid off during the winter. But these were talented people that we saw were valuable and we wanted to keep them with us. It just became a natural thing. And they are getting better and better every year. What made it harder was when we started doing this show at two stores.”

All in all, all four store displays measure 18,000 square feet — or about a third of the size of a football field. Mark Adams Greenhouses grows 8,000 plants for the shows. That’s a total of 1,400 trees and shrubs, 5,041 individual potted plants (tulips, daffodils, mini roses, ferns, etc.). That ultimately translates to 1,037 flowering plants and 15,784 individual bulbs and 745 cubic yards of mulch.

You can find a time lapse video of Adams landscapers putting together 2015’s display here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NaA8cl03xg.

If you think it’s a lot of work, just ask Bron Bialy, one of the designers and architects of two of Adams’ greenhouses, including the Poughkeepsie location.

“The planning essentially starts right after Christmas,” he said.

But the work does not stop once the bulbs have been planted. In Poughkeepsie, some flowers have to be monitored constantly and under different temperature settings.

“You have to keep an eye on the flowers,” he said. “The tulips, for instance will bloom and their petals will drop if they get too hot.”

While it might be a lot of work, he said it is very rewarding to see visitors react to the finished product. Bialy said he has met people who have traveled from New Jersey to see the shows each year.

“It definitely lifts everybody’s spirits,” he said. “It reminds them that spring is not too far away.”

Amanda J. Purcell: apurcell@poughkeepsiejournal.com; 845-437-4807; Twitter: @amandajpurcell

If you go

The Poughkeepsie and Newburgh shows are going on from now until March 6. 

The Kingston and Wappinger shows are going on from March 4 to 13. 

Article source: http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/central-dutchess/2016/02/28/video-photo-gallery-adams-lawn-and-garden-show-brings-signs-spring/81075592/