Towson Gardens Day offers revival after long winter, flower grower Radebaugh says

Throughout the past few weeks, Derek Radebaugh has observed the same sentiment as customers scan rows of flowers at Radebaugh Florist and Greenhouses in Towson.

"They say, 'I'm so tired of seeing white,' and 'I'm so glad to see all of this color,' " Radebaugh said. "It's sort of reviving them a bit."

Radebaugh said he hopes that revival will continue through Thursday, May 1, as visitors attend the 28th annual Towson Gardens Day, flowers, plants, crafts, food and entertainment in downtown Towson.

More than 100 vendors and 8,000 people are expected to attend the event, which is sponsored by the Towson Chamber of Commerce and taking place two days before the annual Towsontown Spring Festival, also sponsored by the chamber.

"It's a nice way to segue into the festival," said Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce. "It's a calm, old-style street festival. Then two days later, we start rocking out with 250,000 of our closest friends."

Radebaugh Florist and Greenhouses, open since 1924, has participated in gardens day for about five years, said Radebaugh, co-owner and manager.

This year, the flower growers plan to have plants, herbs and more than 100 hanging baskets filled with everything from ivy leaf geraniums to fuchsias and petunias for sale.

"Pretty much everything we have there we grow ourselves," Radebaugh said.

In addition to flower, plant and food sales, Towson Gardens Day will include a series of educational seminars, and question and answer periods for attendees, Hafford said. Topics range from beginning vegetable gardening to how to deal with stink bugs.

New this year is beekeeper Don John, apiary manager for Apex Bee Co., a family-owned business that maintains bee hives throughout Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties. John will discuss the honeybee's role in gardening and the environment. He will also have a sealed hive available for visitors to watch honeybees firsthand.

Other highlights include performances by the Towson-based Anna Apicella School of Dance and musician Paul Soroka at 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively.

Towson Gardens Day runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Towson Courthouse Fountain Plaza and adjacent to West Pennsylvania, Baltimore and Washington avenues. For more information, go to or call 410-825-1144.

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