Flower and garden show continues to blossom at HCC
For 26 years, the annual Hagerstown Community College Alumni Flower & Garden Show has offered the community outdoor home and garden information and products, while raising money for the college and its students.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, at HCC’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.
The HCC Alumni Association produces the show each year as a fundraiser for Hagerstown Community College.
“The HCC Alumni Flower and Garden Show is important because it brings together HCC alumni and community members with a common goal of raising funds to support Hagerstown Community College and our students. The fact that, for 26 years, the HCC Alumni Association has volunteered at and hosted this Flower and Garden Show, which is a well anticipated annual welcome to spring, says a lot about the dedication and love our alumni have for Hagerstown Community College,” said Lisa Stewart, HCC’s coordinator for alumni relations.
Stewart said, through last year, the show has netted more than $750,000 for HCC and its students.
“We will have over 120 volunteers taking part during the show weekend and we are excited to have lots of HCC students helping us as well. The show is put on totally by volunteers who love their alma mater and want to do something good to help the school,” Stewart said.
Last year, more than 5,000 people attended the event during which the public had an opportunity to browse, learn, and buy.
Seminars and demonstrations will be presented continuously each day to add to the educational element of the event. Special gardening activities will be offered for children.
“One of the most unique elements of the show is the opportunity to meet, learn, and network with other gardening experts. Regional extension agents, as well as nature specialists, will also be on hand to answer questions throughout the show,” Stewart said.
Vendors will show and sell their wares at the event. Some businesses participating include nurseries, distributors of lawn and garden equipment, pottery and statuary, landscaping, tree services, water ponds, herbs and violets, outdoor furniture, florists, wild bird products, and natural gourmet gifts from the garden.
“More than 100 exhibitors will take part in our annual Flower and Garden Show themed ‘The Secret Garden Revealed!’ which again promises to be the Tri-State area’s premier event,” Stewart said.
One of the new businesses that attendees will find this year is Rhodes Welding and Metal Work from Williamsport.
“We are local and heard a lot of good things about the show and we’ve heard its a very well-organized event and we are always looking to expand and reach out to different audiences,” said owner Lauren Rhodes.
The business which does mobile welding and fabrication, expanded its offerings two years ago to include metal home and garden decor. Just more than a year ago, a storefront was opened in Williamsport featuring its artistic and custom fabricated products.
“We also offer a lot of things that are personalized,” Rhodes said.
At the show, the business will offer a variety of their products including metal wall art, welcome signs and decorative garden signs. Rhodes said they will also have a custom fire pit on display.
Returning to the event this year is Cronise Marketplace and Olde Homestead from Main Street in Boonsboro. The businesses are owned by Cliff and Bonnie Pereschuk.
“We have six booths basically right in the center of the show,” Pereschuk said.
Bonnie Perschuk said the Cronise Marketplace was established by her father in 1928 and she and her husband took it over in 1998. The seasonal business is open this year from March 20 through Dec. 24, and specializes in local fresh fruits and vegetables and has two greenhouses where they have seasonal flowers and plants.
The couple then opened the Olde Homestead in the house Bonnie Pereschuk grew up in on the same property in 2011. Pereschuk said the two-story, red brick house has both floors packed full of home decor and gifts.
“This year Cronise Marketplace will have pansies, violas, annuals, perennials, some herbs, succulents, birdhouses, bird feeders, flags and flag holders, lawn and garden decor and hyacinths and daffodils. Olde Homestead will have candles, farmhouse decor, lanterns, and outdoor garden decor,” Pereschuk said.
The show hours are Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and children under 12 are free. Free parking is also available.
“Folks are invited to come and stay all day as there will be plenty of yummy food for sale and lots to do,” Stewart said.