The Maryland Home and Garden Show Highlights

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I was invited to check out the Maryland Home and Garden Show, and it was every bit as huge as advertised.  The Fall Home and Garden Show show will continue to travel around the country, so it will be popping up in a town near you soon! In the mean time though, here are my photo highlights of some of the best crafting booths.

The balloon garden was small but very cute. Even the insects were inflatable!

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I can always appreciate a weed free garden.

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The crafting booths, all 200 of them, held creative photography, paintings, bonzai, natural lotions and bathing products. A lot of attendees were completing a little early holiday shopping in them.

Here’s one booth I enjoyed, a booth with Peruvian needlework quilts, children’s clothes, and gourd carving! The gentleman manning the booth told us that it took a team of 5 ladies 3 months to complete the largest of the quilts, which was an actual birds-eye-view map of a town. The quilt was completely 3-D, with people, animals, farm tools, and their crops all popping off the quilt.  It was really impressive!

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Another of his works were the intricate gourd he would dry and etch with an amazing attention to detail.  These chicken gourds are the simplest of his gourds, and would only take a few hours to carve!

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Another booth I really enjoyed was a booth selling wall hanging sculptures that appeared to be made from a section of a tree, with different varieties of wild birds peeking out of their nesting holes.

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And another ……

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The crafting booth I spent the most time in was one under the name “Think Silk,” which sold both silk arrangements, and garden art made from metalworking.  There were so many cute garden art pieces that I wanted to walk away with but I restrained myself and picked out something for one of you instead!

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This cute little crow sculpture will be given away on Monday the 25th, to a reader chosen at random who enters this fall contest!  More details to follow!

And in the contractors and vendors area of the Home and Garden Show I discovered this great gardening idea that would make a fabulous Christmas gift for a gardener or outdoor aficionado!

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They are called Pondless Water Features, and come in a kit.  The company is in Maryland, but they ship all over the country, and have several sizes to choose from in a price range from $200 to $1000. They look to be the perfect size and weight for a deck or patio garden, and are deep enough to house fish in all but freezing temperatures. This would be a great way to dip a toe into pond keeping without the commitment that digging a giant hole in the yard is!

That’s it for now, I’ll let you in the offerings of some great local lawn and garden companies soon, but until then happy gardening!

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  1. ethan@OPC says:

    Very cool! I really like the wall hangings with the birds peaking out.

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