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Gardening Gets Its Due at the 2011 Hudson Valley Garden Show

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Hudson Valley Garden Show 2011

Hudson Valley Garden Show 2011One of the most popular pastimes in America will be getting its due in the Capital region this month at the annual Hudson Valley Garden Show. This all out gardening event will take place from March 25-March 27 at the McDonough Physical Education Complex at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. Over the course of the weekend, the college will be transformed into 18 gardens with over one hundred floral design arrangements. Experts will be present to share advice on various gardening topics, including tools, landscape, trees and more. The event also provides a great opportunity for the Wildwood programs to raise community awareness on the animal population in the area.

Annually, this event brings in about 12,000–14,000 visitors from New York and western Massachusetts. Over 150 vendors will be bringing their goods for purchase at the Garden Marketplace; items to be sold include various plants, bulbs, flowers and seeds. Cornell Cooperative Extension will also be available for soil testing for a minimum donation of one dollar. Guests who wish to have their soil tested are asked to bring a dry sample in a Ziploc sandwich bag. Results of the test will be forwarded about 2-3 days after the festival.

On Sunday at 12:30pm, there will also be a live flower arranging demonstration for those who want to learn the craft, as well as free landscape design (prepared by SUNY Cobleskill Landscape Design students who have been working hard throughout their four years of school studying the craft). A variety of experts will be in attendance and presenting over 50 lectures on various techniques and gardening topics. There will also be a seminar on “Tips for the New Gardener,” as well as a cooking demonstration for ideas on what to do with the things in your garden after they’re ripe!

This event is kid-friendly with activities that are sure to keep the offspring entertained. There will be a children’s playland as well as face painting and numerous crafts and activities. For adults, there will be a raffle that will include over 100 prizes that will be raffled off every hour. If you get hungry watching the cooking demonstrations, there will be a Garden Café that will be selling a variety of sandwiches, salads, soups, and coffee. The event will have plenty of free parking since HVCC is not in session. There will be shuttle services from side parking lots from 11am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Hours of the event are 10am-8pm on Friday, 10am-7pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 daily for adults and $14 dollars for a two-day pass. Children under 15 are admitted free, and on Friday March 25th, senior tickets will cost only $7 to celebrate Senior Day. For more information, visit

–Juliet Barney is an Assistant Editor for The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our new City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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