Last updated on December 2nd, 2011
IF YOU ARE looking for me this weekend, I’ll be in New York’s Capital District. Why? Because there are two fascinating horticultural events there. One deals with my favorite houseplant; the other is a flower and garden festival. Trust me, these events are not to be missed:
The Capital District African Violet Show, Veronica Driscoll Center for Nursing, 2113 Western Avenue, Guilderland, NY (518) 423-1431. (Click for directions.) Here you will find lots of exotic eye-candy: miniature, semi-miniature, standard and trailing Saintpaulias, all of them grown to perfection for a judged show. Offered for sale will be leaves of plants, which you can easily propagate. Also offered will be special in-bloom plants from the famed Lyndon Lyon Greenhouses. If you only know African violets from the pitiful offerings of the local supermarket, get ready for a real treat. The show is open to the public Saturday, March 27 1-5pm and Sunday, March 28 11am-4pm. Admission $3.00. You can take 50 cents off the admission price if you bring a can of dog or cat food with you. This will be donated to the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society. (Yes, the Capital District African Violet Society not only loves plants, but animals too.)
Capital District Flower & Garden Show, Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenberg Avenue (Rt. 4), Troy, NY. I love this show for its inspirational garden and landscape designs (some featuring fish-filled ponds), and its stunning cut-flower exhibits. You can attend lectures, peruse exhibits, and even get your soil tested (for a tiny donation) by the Cornell Cooperative Extension. And, if you visit the show on Sunday, you can buy (as I have in the past) good-sized, in-bloom lilacs, rhododendrons and other shrubs from exhibiting landscapers who have no desire to keep these display plants once the show is over. Admission is $10. The show is open Friday, March 26 10am-8pm; Saturday, March 27 10am-7pm and Sunday, March 28 10am-5pm.
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