Springfest Garden Show begins March 13

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For gardeners and homeowners looking to improve their properties, there is no better place to be inspired than the 18th annual Springfest Garden Show, March 13 to 16, at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta.

The custom glass Springfest Conservatory encloses a sun-filled space blooming with garden exhibits. The building, a gift to the Fairgrounds from Bev and Bruce Gordon of Sussex County, houses what has been proclaimed “New Jersey's finest flower and garden show” (Star Ledger). Springfest, a non-profit show produced by garden-lovers for garden-lovers, hosts more than 8000 visitors from the tri-state area. Proceeds benefit the promotion of excellence in horticulture.

Premier garden designers and landscape companies are featured in displays of natural stone, ponds and waterfalls, arbors and patios, and plants and flowers in all their variations of form, fragrance and color. Representatives of these premier companies are present throughout the show to share their knowledge and expertise.

The faces of the Sussex County Master Gardeners greet visitors to the Show in The Entry Garden, designed by the staff of Three Seasons LLC. In this garden you will find a whole new ‘Art Gallery’ serving as a backdrop for the “Still Life Comes to Life” exhibit. Here both amateur and professional contestants ‘paint with plants and objects’ to make arrangements full of ideas for your own home and garden.

Garden enthusiasts can plan their visit to catch a free lecture, included with paid admission to the show. Among the speakers this year is renowned garden writer and lecturer, Ken Druse, sharing his passion and knowledge of propagating plants. The Lecture Series includes such diverse subjects as bonsai, perennials, hydrangeas, native plants, garden design and more and features experts both local and national. DIYer’s will want to catch the popular Chain Saw Safety Demo offered by Stihl, one of Springfest’s Presenting Sponsors.

Last year, the newest trend in outdoor living — Designer Sheds: Living in Your Garden was a huge hit with visitors and will be returning with even more stylish transformations of three lowly garden sheds into terrific outdoor living spaces such as ‘A Wine Enthusiast’s Tasting Room’ and ‘An Upscale Potting Shed’. One lucky visitor will win their favorite shed completely furnished.

The show’s Marketplace provides the area’s garden shopping where exhibitors and are selected to reflect Springfest’s commitment to quality. Visitors will find such widely diverse items as garden ornaments and furniture, hats and gloves, dried flowers, fertilizers, garden machinery, fencing and sheds, seeds, bulbs, and potted plants, including orchids, topiaries and perennials.

Arborists, outdoor lighting and irrigation specialists are among the expert service exhibitors. Educational displays offering information and advice include public gardens and various plant societies. The Master Gardeners of Sussex County will showcase ‘Planting Out of the Box’ featuring the latest viral internet sensation of a 16th century idea, ‘mosaic – culture.’

Much anticipated, year after year, is the Kids Plant Your Own Zone, where children discover the enjoyment of gardening. Another popular feature for children is the Treasure Hunt.

The Garden Café e will offer lunch or fine pastries with gourmet coffee, teas, and wine bar.

Springfest is sponsored in part with donations from Intercar Mercedes-Benz of Newton, Eastern Propane and Stihl, Inc. and with support from Brodhecker Farms, The Morville Agency, Appleby’s Corp., Tri-State Insurance Agency, Lakeland Bank, Blue Ridge Lumber and many more.

Springfest 2014 begins Thursday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta and runs through Sunday, March 16.

Admission: Adults $12, Seniors (65+) $9, Kids under 15 free. Senior Day $8 on Thursday.

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