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Films and flowers: 'Snow White' scene heading to Maryland Home & Garden Show

Artist Kim Clark paints a mural in a storage building at Absolute Landscape & Turf Services in Winfield Thursday. She is assisting the business in helping create a fully landscaped garden reminiscent of the Snow White & Seven Dwarfs cottage. It will be on display at the Maryland Home & Garden Show starting next weekend at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
Artist Kim Clark paints a mural in a storage building at Absolute Landscape & Turf Services in Winfield Thursday. She is assisting the business in helping create a fully landscaped garden reminiscent of the Snow White & Seven Dwarfs cottage. It will be on display at the Maryland Home & Garden Show starting next weekend at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. (BRANDON OLAND/STAFF PHOTO, Carroll County Times)

WINFIELD -- Last week, Kim Clark painted in an unusual spot.

With palette in hand, Clark toiled inside a storage room owned by Absolute Landscape & Turf Services in Winfield.

Clark created backdrops reminiscent of scenes from the Disney classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." She is part of a unique partnership between artist and business creating an elaborate landscaped garden.

With Clark's help, Winfield-based Absolute Landscape & Turf Services are entering one of 16 fully-landscaped gardens based on a movie during the Maryland Home & Garden Show taking place the next two weekends at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

The Maryland Home & Garden Show features more than 300 home improvement exhibitors offering tips on everything from storage solutions to garden preparations for the spring. It opens from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and is also open from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. March 3, 9 and 10 and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. March 9.

The Maryland Orchid Society Show and Sale and the Bonsai Show and Sale take place during the second weekend of the Home & Garden Show. More than 125 craftspeople will be on hand both weekends.

Landscape businesses were able to pick a movie to create themed gardens. Absolute Landscape chose the popular fairy tale "Snow White" and are creating a scene designed to be straight out of the Disney cartoon.

They have created the front of the cottage where the Dwarfs lived and also incorporated a fireplace, a small stream pond, stone walkways and murals painted by Clark.

The cottage is a massive undertaking, one that will need to be moved in parts from Winfield to Timonium.

"There's a lot more going into it than even what I expected initially," Absolute Landscape's Matt Sabine said. "For sure, a lot creativity is being put towards it."

While the cottage is designed to look like a home for Snow White's dwarfs, it's designed with an entryway all visitors to the Home & Garden show would be able to enter.

The Absolute Landscape designers wanted visitors to understand how their landscaping designs and products could apply outside their homes, Clark said.

Naturally, the landscapers will likely get competitive with their designs, hoping to outdo one another, Sabine said.

"The Secret Garden," "Mulan," "Jurassic Park," "Lord of the Rings" and "Under the Tuscan Sun" are among the movies picked out by participating landscape businesses.

"Last year we had a books theme," Maryland Home & Garden Show producer Jay Plummer said. "That went so well that we decided to go with movies. People really seemed to like that last year."

So often in landscaping, businesses are given a specific blueprint by the customer that they must adhere to.

When creating the custom movie-inspired designs, landscapers were given a unique freedom to tap into their creativity. Setting up at home shows is nothing new for them, but the chance to focus on a specific them is unique, Sabine said.

"When you come into this arena, it's completely different," he said. "You're following a theme, so you get to add onto that."

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