After a few days of raw weather and slushy roads, we're all feeling a bit gray. If you are winter weary, the Vermont Flower Show at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction is the perfect place to lose yourself. Where else in Vermont can you find lush green grass, buds bursting open and a riot of colorful flowers?
This year's theme is based on the Robert Frost poem, "The Road Not Taken."
"You move past the city into the woods, past Robert Frost's cabin, and on through," said Ed Burke, a design coordinator for Greenworks.
It's not easy to make this happen for the first weekend of March. Nobody seems to know just how many people are involved in putting this all together, but it is an army of people from area greenhouses, horticulturists, master gardeners, job corps volunteers, venders and volunteers who just want to see spring come to life early.
"People have been working on this for 18 months," said Melita Bass, co-chair of the central display.
You can imagine yourself sitting by a pool of water in the woods, and you will be tempted to take your shoes off and walk through the green grass. There are more varieties here than you can keep track of, from daffodils and lilacs, to apple blossoms and magnolia. And if you think you could use a little help making your yard look like this? There are dozens of seminars, displays, and demonstrations that will surely help you get new ideas. It's an enormous undertaking for those who love all things green.
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