Hillcrest Parent Teacher Association President Jennifer Parker said that among the guests expected to attend the 9 a.m. event are County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance and 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk.

"I think what brought it to this event is that there's so much work put in it, it's a really, really special place and we're very proud of it," Parker said.

"We wanted to have an official ribbon cutting, opening of, the courtyard," she said.

The ribbon cutting will happen the day before Hillcrest's annual plant sale and exchange and the courtyard will be decorated with plants to be sold the next day, Parker said.

She said the sale, which always occurs the Friday before Mother's Day, has been going on for over 15 years and that it's a great way for the community to show off its green thumb.

"We turn the whole front of Hillcrest into a beautiful spring-like flower show," Parker said.

"It's flats of flowers, it's hanging baskets," she said. "All in time for Mother's Day."

"The whole front lawn is literally covered in plants," Neebe said.

In addition to plants, the school will also sell garden accessories such as spinners and plant stakes.

Those who do not wish to purchase plants can bring plants of their own to exchange.

Parker's husband, Ken Erickson, runs the Catonsville Plant Exchange, and will be at the event facilitating a community-wide plant exchange.

"Somebody will say, 'I have too many day lilies, who wants some?' And someone will say, 'I need some hostas, who has some?,' " Parker said.

The sale and exchange is scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. Friday on the front lawn of Hillcrest Elementary School, 1500 Frederick Road.