By Betsy Natter
If the last shot of winter weather kept you from enjoying the annual big-city flower show in Philadelphia, you can still enjoy a sneak peak at spring’s beauty by attending the 34th annual Flower Show at Peter Becker Community in Harleysville, PA. The annual event is being held March 23-25 at the Campus Center located at 800 Maple Avenue from 10 am to 6 pm on Thursday and Friday. Saturday is also Family Day at the show with hours from 8am to 2 pm.
A team of approximately 100 community residents work for three months to put together the show, which this year will allow visitors to time travel with the theme “It’s About Time.” A “time machine” will guide visitors through a variety of scenes including a children’s garden, a victory garden of the 1940’s where vegetables are grown and items are carefully reused, a 1970’s Bohemian garden, a futuristic garden emphasizing the care of the earth and a return to the biblical Garden of Eden. Flowers and plants for the show are brought in following the large Philadelphia show and from local greenhouses.
Also at the Garden Show site will be a large theme mural, a Senior Art Gallery, a handmade quilt collection, an orchid sale and the opportunity to browse the community’s thrift shop. There is also the Creations Café & Sweet Shop in addition to a bake sale and the Flower Show Food Court featuring reasonably priced lunch and dessert items.
A second event, the Spring Marketplace shopping extravaganza, will be held at the neighboring Maplewood Estates portion of Peter Becker Community located at 815 Maplewood Drive. The marketplace will feature over twenty-five local crafters, jewelry makers, growers and culinary artisans. While there enjoy the gift shop, photo gallery and some food from the Seasons Café.
Family Fun Day on Saturday begins with a pancake breakfast from 8-10 am in the Campus Center. The all you can eat meal is $7 for adults and $5 for children. Kids will then enjoy visiting Flowertown Junction and the working garden train, the kids’ art contest gallery and the make & take crafts sponsored by Ace Hardware of Harleysville, all located at Maplewood Estates. Specialists from Ace will also hold demonstrations from 10am – 1 pm on growing herbs for your summer garden.
All activities for this local flower show are free to the public. However, donations are greatly appreciated to support the show and other activities at the community. There is ample parking around the buildings at both community sites as well as the parking lot of Indian Valley Middle School just off Maple Rd. A shuttle bus will run continually between the two sites.