Just five weeks from now the curtain goes up on the second annual Bangor Garden Show. Last year’s event was a smashing success which broke the attendance record for any three-day show held at the Bangor Auditorium. Eager to build on this strong start, the shows organizers (Bangor Beautiful/Bangor 2000) started working early last summer to improve the event.
The BGS will feature 13 landscaped displays, including several new exhibitors. Competition for one of several prizes to be awarded will combine with each landscaper’s understandable pride in his craft to ensure that the exhibits will shine in every way. Many of last year’s exhibitors were already planning for this year’s event as they carted off the rocks and sod from their 1991 displays.
As you read this, you can be sure that anxious landscapers from around the state are checking their forcing schedules, hoping to have just the right flowers, shrubs and trees in bloom at the correct time. Most exhibitors will force two to three times as much plant material as they can fit in their displays, just to be certain of having enough. It’s a nervous time for them.
The public will be invited to help judge the event by participating in a people’s choice award to be given at the end of the show. I know that last year I changed my mind several times before making my choice for the best display.
Vendors with all sorts of horticultural wares will be out in force, hoping to tempt the winter weary with a touch of spring. Forty-eight booths will be set up, following a new layout that will be infinitely less crowded than last year’s. Many showgoers, including myself, were surprised by the diversity of Maine’s gardening industry last year.
Lectures will be given from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. A very diverse group of speakers has been scheduled, ranging from University of Maine faculty to a number of commercial growers and landscapers. A lecture schedule will be printed in this space one week before the show.
The Garden Club Federation of Maine hopes to dazzle showgoers with a display of flower arrangements put together by several of Maine’s local Garden Clubs. A bonsai display will complement the other exhibits as well.
If all of this information makes you just too anxious for the show to begin, why not consider attending the Gala Preview Party on Thursday (April 2) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Contact The Bangor Garden Show at 519 Main St., Bangor Maine 04401 for information or to purchase tickets ($18, includes a buffet) for the Preview Party.
Tickets for the show will be a modest $3, children under 12, $1 and children under 6, free with an adult. Order them in advance by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the above address; specify how many children and adults will be attending. Deadline for advance ticket sales is March 13.
Let’s make sure that this year’s Bangor Garden Show is an even greater success than 1991. We want to keep this tradition growing.
Michael Zuck of Bangor is a horticulturist and the NEWS garden columnist. Send inquiries to him at 2106 Essex St., Bangor, Maine 04401.