Towson Gardens Day will be held Thursday, May 3, centered on the Courthouse Fountain Square area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Highlights of the day, which is hosted by the Towson Chamber of Commerce and the Towson Gardens Day Committee, include:
• A free tour of the historic Courthouse Gardens, led by landscape architect Avery Harden and landscape designer Carol Oppenheimer, at 11 a.m.
• A performance by students of the Anna Apicella School of Dance, at 11:30 a.m.
• Music by the Towson High School Jazz Band, at 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
• Greetings from Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, at noon.
• At 12:15 p.m., the Great Azalea Trial will take place, with County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger defending the azalea's place as Towson official flower, and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz serving as chief prosecutor advocating a replacement, the Knock Out Rose. The azalea is being, "charged with being a shrub instead of a flower." Circuit Court Judge Justin King will preside over the trial.
• An awards ceremony at 12:15 p.m. will recognize gardening efforts in Towson's neighborhoods and announce the recipients of the 2012 Towson Azalea House plaque.
• Songs by the Trinity Episcopal Children's Center Chorus, at 12:45 p.m.
• Lectures will be offered by the District III Federated Garden Clubs in their on-site "Potting Shed," including "Knock 'em Out With Knockout Roses," with Scott Robinson of L&R Landscaping (10:30 a.m.); "Veggie M.D.," with master gardener Norman Cohen (1 p.m.); and "Five Beautiful Native Plants for Touch Spots," with Vincent Vizachero of Blue Water Baltimore (2 p.m.).
• After Gardens Day ends at 3 p.m., a free concert by the group, Beach Bumz, will take place 5 to 7 p.m. in the Courthouse Gardens.