State gets head start on spring Preview: At Home & Flower Show in Timonium, Marylanders can step into the future.


Spring will make an early debut next weekend, when the Maryland Home & Flower Show begins at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

Professional landscapers are creating 20 gardens to fill the exhibition halls with signs of spring. At the entrance, Jon Cook of Low Maintenance Landscaping in Ellicott City will feature waterfalls cascading down a hill into a pond. "Water is really soothing," Cook said. "And it is one of the lowest-maintenance things you can think of."

The garden will include a gazebo, patio, arched entryways, stone walls and meandering walkways. A formal centerpiece of boxwoods and hundreds of bulbs will be surrounded by semiformal and naturalized groupings of flowering trees, vines, evergreens and perennials such as day lilies.

To satisfy the strong local interest in water gardens, Joe Webb of Webb's Water Gardens in Fallston will distribute information about how to install and maintain a pond. Homeowners can have a small pond with liner and pump filter for as little as $400, he said.

The Webb's Water Gardens display will include a double pond with a small stream and bridge, patio, benches and a garden of early bloomers such as tulips, hyacinths and azaleas.

"Water gardening is the 'in' thing," Webb said. Accessory items such as ornamental fish, aquatic plants and spouting water ornaments are also in demand. Customers often select solid brass cranes, egrets and leaping fish -- some with price tags as high as $600 -- to place in or beside a pond, he said.

(Other local trends to watch for in the Baltimore area later this spring? Ornamental hibiscus, buddleia, lantana, bougainvillea and crape myrtle trained to grow as flowering patio trees in pots will be popular conversation pieces, Webb said.)

The show will also have a plant marketplace with statuary, tools, plants and fresh-cut flowers from across the country.

About 450 home products and services will be exhibited, along with the work of 125 crafts people.

"This show is almost like three shows in one," said Jay Plummer, vice president of S & L Productions, which is producing the show. "It is a great escape."

Maryland show

What: Maryland Home & Flower Show

When: Feb. 28, March 1-2 and March 7-9; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Feb. 28; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. March 1, 7 and 8; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 2 and 9

Where: Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium

Cost: Adults, $7.50; seniors, $6; children 6-12, $2; children under 6, free

Information: Call (410) 863-1180

Pub Date: 2/25/97

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