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Philadelphia in bloom

Life will be a bed of roses, and countless other flowers, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center starting Sunday when the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Philadelphia Flower Show begins.

The show, which will run through March 3, will be highlighted by a 24,000-square-foot central feature display. The centerpiece will comprise teeming fountains in the 1876 Centennial Pool, the flora and fauna of America's first zoo and a portrayal of Philadelphia's horticultural heritage, which will be offered by the trio of Bartram's Gardens, the 18th-century gardens of Wyck Mansion and the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania.

In the show's major exhibitor division, you can see the tribal lands of the Lenni Lenape Indians, lands marked by organic farming and gardens that the Indians used for medicinal qualities.

An expanded lineup of lectures and demonstrations will feature a variety of topics, vendors will bring a vast selection of plants and horticultural products, and experts will advise help-seekers.

Show hours are Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $14.50 for adults, and $7.25 for children under 12. The Philadelphia Convention Center is at 12th and Arch streets. Call (215) 625-8250 for more information. With spring around the bend, golfers need to start worrying about their handicaps. To work on improving yours, and to participate in a lot of other activities, go to the 1996 Golf Expo and Recreational Sports Show. The event will be held Friday through Sunday at the Ocean City Convention Center.

"Magic Man" golf pro Bill Litton will use his ingenuity and 30 years of experience to help you with your golf game via instructions, seminars and, curiously, the use of inexpensive household items.

In the Golf Expo area, you'll be able to hit nets, putt greens and find out about swing analysis and custom club fitting, in addition to talking with the pros. You can also enter the Putt for $10,000 Cash Tournament.

The Ocean City Lions Club's annual charity auction will be going on every hour of the show. Also, $5,000 in door prizes will be given away.

If soccer's your fetish, meet Washington Warthogs professional soccer player Troy Snyder. If you like pro wrestling, say hello to World Wrestling Federation Million Dollar Champion "Virgil."

In the Interactive Sports Area, two floors of sports exhibitions, have your golf, soccer, baseball, basketball and football abilities scored.

Show hours are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $5, seniors and students are $3, and children under 12 are free. The Ocean City Convention Center is at 40th Street and Coastal Highway. Call (410) 326-9281.

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