Valley Flower and Garden Show: Get an early taste of spring

Let the sight and smell of beautiful flowers blooming put you in the mood for spring this weekend when the Valley Flower and Garden Show, the Lehigh Valley’s flower show, returns to the Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds after a two-year hiatus.

The show should be better than ever, says Rick Tilley of Tilley’s Nursery in Coopersburg, who helped organize nurseries and landscapers. Fourteen exhibitors, a dozen speakers and nearly 50 vendors will show you the latest gardening products, as well as how to use them to create beautiful and functional landscape designs.

See impressive exhibits by landscapers such as Tilley’s, Ridge Crest Landscape, Koi Creations, Plantique, Parkland Nursery and Mill Creek Design. The displays will feature thousands of flowers and shrubs that have been forced to bloom in time for the show, as well as 10- to-12-foot trees, koi ponds (filled with 3-foot-long koi), paved patios, outdoor kitchens, fire pits and even an in-ground pool.

You can learn about topics ranging from butterfly and water gardening and pruning to composting from nursery experts and Penn State Master Gardeners.

Kids and model railroad enthusiasts won’t want to miss a display by Lehigh Valley Model Railroaders.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6; free, under 12; $4, seniors on Friday; $10, 3 day-pass. Info and schedule: 610-432-8435,

Irene Kraft

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