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Take the Cooperative Extension Bus from Liberty

February 1, 2013

LIBERTY – This year’s Philadelphia Flower Show features the majestic beauty and creative genius of horticulture in Great Britain, and is inspired by centuries of British culture, culminating in the urbane design of modern-day London.

Featuring large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes and over-the-top floral creations, the world's longest-running and largest indoor flower show attracts more than 260,000 people annually.  It runs from March 2 to 10 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 12th and Arch Streets in Center City Philadelphia.  Proceeds from the show support Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, particularly the City Harvest program, which feeds more than 1000 families each week during the growing season.

The Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County are offering an opportunity to enjoy this great show without the hassle of driving and parking.  The cost to join the Master Gardeners on their bus trip, including admission, is $75.  Registration is required no later than February 22 as space is limited.  No refunds will be made.

Boarding of the bus is at 7:45 a.m. in the CCE parking lot on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty. Participants will have the entire day to explore and enjoy the show.  Lunch can be brought along, purchased at the show or at the Reading Market Terminal, across the street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  The bus will return to the CCE parking lot by 9:00 p.m.

“The British say the show is inventive, dazzling, and extraordinary and in one word ‘brilliant!’” said Susan Dollard, CCE Master Gardener Coordinator.

For questions about the Philadelphia Flower Show or the Sullivan County Master Gardener Program call 845-292-6180, ext. 107 or email


Individuals wishing to attend the Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference, Local Market and Expo on Saturday, March 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the CVI Center in Ferndale can register and sign up for workshops directly on-line.  The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Peter Tarlow, an international consultant on the positive effects of community beautification, who has been assisting Sullivan Renaissance for the past two years.  To register for this free event, call 845-295-2445 or visit