Updated 03/20/2013 12:18 PM
Garden show kicks off on first day of Spring
It's officially Spring, but it's far from in bloom, with plants still buried under inches of snow. But our Megan Cruz knows of a place you can enjoy Spring this weekend.
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TROY, N.Y. -- "Everybody's done with Winter," said Pennie Gonzalez.
Too bad Winter's not done with us!
Wednesday's the first official day of Spring, but instead of tulips and daffodils, you've got a fresh coat of snow.
That is, unless you're over at Hudson Valley Community College where Spring's in full bloom.
"There's over 17,00 square feet of garden displays full of fully blooming flowers. There's going to be lush grass, trickling waterfalls," said Gonzalez. She's the event coordinator for the 26th Annual Capital District Garden and Flower Show.
Local landscapers and gardeners have been planting, moving, and building since Saturday.
Organizers say all the white's been a pain for their green thumbs.
"Many of them plow, so they're putting in long hours to do both," said Gonzalez.
But this show's not just about admiring the spring scenery. It's also about teaching attendees how to bring some life back into their gardens.
"The first thing you want to do once the snow melts and it dries out a little bit is rake it," said Peter Bowden. "That'll help the air circulation and when the warm air comes, that'll dry out the soil."
Bowden is from Hewitt's Garden Center. He's one of more than a dozen local experts speaking at the show.
As for more of his tips, next he says to feed the plants you've got. As for planting new ones? He says no need to wait until May.
"Things like this, hardy shrubs and trees like these dogwoods, they can go in right away."
Now you're itching to trade in your winter gloves for garden gloves, aren't you? Well, then get your tickets to the show. It runs from Friday through Sunday.