Despite some last-minute snowflakes mixed into March rainfall, spring is soldiering onward as usual in Eldersburg!  The early flowers are here, the birds are building their nests, and the bugs are emerging from wherever they were hiding all winter.

As Eldersburg residents finish their spring cleaning and shift their focus to lawns and gardens, there are many excellent local resources for them to call upon.

For those in need of a full-service garden center, there is Dick’s Lawn & Garden Center at 1949 Liberty Road in Eldersburg (phone: 410-795-3990) and also Village Gardens Inc at 935 W Liberty Road (phone: 410-549-8788).

With questions about existing plants, potential plants, and pests, residents can always call or email a Master Gardener through the Home and Garden Information Center at the University of Maryland Extension:  Their number is 1-800-342-2507.

On April 9 and 10 there is the Annual Carroll County Home & Garden Show at the Agricultural Center in Westminster.

Show hours are Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 9am to 5pm and Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 11am to 4pm.  The event is taking place in Shipley Arena, with a $4 adult admission (ages 12 and under are free).  Children's activities are offered, and 4-H Learning Stations will be open all day Saturday and Sunday.

Free How-to seminars will be offered throughout the weekend:

Saturday at 10:30am:  Garden Whimsy

Saturday at 1pm:  Garden Pest Control

Saturday at 2pm:  Drought Tolerant Plants

Sunday at 11am:  Native Plants for the Landscape

Sunday at 12pm:  Perennials for Shade Gardens

Sunday at 1pm:  Veggies

Sunday at 2pm:  Lawns

Sunday at 2:30pm:  Ponds and Water Gardening

For help with lawn care, garden care, landscaping, or lawnmower sales and repair, the Eldersburg area has a significant collection of local businesses:

*Absolute Landscaping and Turf Services Inc. 410-489-0655 or 410-795-9300

*All Aspects Landscaping 410-795-1000 or 443-474-8044

*Bill’s Lawn Service 410-549-6799 or 410-218-4100

*Colson Lawn Service & Landscaping 410-795-8133

*Discount Mulch 410-531-1147

*Eldersburg Sales & Service Repair 410-549-3042

*Hart Scapes Inc 410-549-9212

*Liberty Landscaping LLC 410-552-4284

*Liberty Discount Lawn Equipment & Appliances Inc 410-795-3210

*Liqua-Grow Turf Inc 410-795-7900 or 1-800-233-TURF

*Myer’s Lawn Care 410-795-3366

*Rhine Landscaping 410-489-0600

*Schatz Power Equipment 410-795-3719

*Shawn T Richard Landscape Contractors Inc 410-549-7967

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