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Visitors will enjoy the 17th Annual Vermont Flower Show’s newest creation. Guests of the biennial event can wander through a grand central display of flowering plants, water features, and stonework inspired by this year’s theme, “The Road Not Taken.” Take time to stop and smell the roses at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction on March 1-3.

The inspiration behind this year’s theme lies in the discovery of less-traveled places, the exploration of the natural world, and reconnecting with the forgotten wonders of enchanting green spaces. Highlights of the show include over 100 exhibitors, educational seminars and workshops, cooking demonstrations, a Vermont Specialty Food & Wine area, a family room with hands-on activities and entertainment, industry-focused bookstore, and much more!

Are you interested in gardening and the horticulture industry? Do you enjoy interacting with people? Become a volunteer and assist with preparation of and during the show. In exchange for your time, you will receive complimentary entrance into the Flower Show for the day of your choice.

Keynote speaker on Saturday and Sunday Stephanie Cohen, the Perennial Diva, will give talks on “Natives with Bling” – colorful, showy perennials for the home garden – and “Perennial Garden Design” – demystifying the design process for beginners with tips and new plant combinations for experienced gardeners. Cohen is the author of “The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer “and “The Nonstop Garden.”

With over 10,000 people attending in the 2011 Flower Show, it keeps getting bigger and better!  The show is open to the public on Friday, March 1st from 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday, March 2nd from 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday March 3rd from 10 am – 4 pm.  The daily cost of admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (60+), $3 for kids (ages 3-17), and free for children under the age of 3.  A three day pass is $30.

For more information about the 2013 Vermont Flower Show, call (888) 518-6484 or visit the website at www.GreenWorksVermont.org.

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