Mina Starsiak Hawk

Mina Starsiak Hawk, of HGTV's "Good Bones" will speak at the 2024 Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show, which returns to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex Feb. 29 through March 3. 

Pandemic gardeners continue to dig in.

Homeowners are turning their vision boards into real-life rehabs.

Their projects may be dormant in winter, but it’s prime time for home and garden shows.

Many visitors to the Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival are new gardeners who stuck with the hobby and now are branching out to grow vegetables, houseplants, herbs and fruit, says Susan Eggleston, who organizes the annual show in York.

Here’s more about home and garden shows in and near Lancaster County in 2024.

Jan. 20-21: Suburban Pennsylvania Home Show

This show features more than 70 businesses with a focus on remodeling and landscaping companies at Lancaster County Convention Center, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21. Tickets are $10 at the door or free with online registration.

More information: lancasterhomeshow.com

Feb. 2-4: For the Love of Orchids

This annual orchid show hosted by Susquehanna Orchid Society returns to Hershey Gardens 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, through Sunday, Feb. 4. Orchid groups from Pennsylvania and Maryland will bring more than 1,000 orchids, including rare species and unique hybrids. There are daily tours and orchid-growing sessions plus orchids for sale.

Admission to the orchid show is free with admission to the Hershey Gardens conservatory. Hershey Gardens is at 170 Hotel Road in Hershey.

More information: susquehannaorchid.org

orchid show

Set up is under way for the For the Love of Orchids show at Hershey Gardens Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023.

Feb. 9-11: York Home & Garden Show

This home show from York Builders Association has more than 120 businesses focused on indoors and outdoors. There are also free talks about growing native plants and orchids, raising bees and more.

The show is 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at York Fairgrounds, 334 Carlisle Road, York.

Tickets are $8 and free for children 18 and younger. Dogs are welcome. Parking is free.

More information: yorkbuilders.com/events/home-garden-show

Feb. 29-March 3: Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show

Central Pennsylvania’s largest home and garden show returns Feb. 29-March 3 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex with more than 160 home and garden exhibitors plus garden displays. Mina Starsiak Hawk, co-host of HGTV’s “Good Bones” is one of the speakers scheduled to present.

Formerly hosted by the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Harrisburg, the show is now organized by Marketplace Events, manager of the Philly Home & Garden Show.

The show’s open noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 3.

Tickets are $11 for adults and free for children ages 12 and younger at the door. Online tickets are $9 through Feb. 29. Ages 60 and older get a $3 discount on admission Thursday, Feb. 29. Active and retired military, first responders, nurses, doctors and teachers get free admission Friday, March 1. There’s also a $10 charge (cashless) for parking at the Farm Show Complex. The home show shares the complex with Horse World Expo. To see home info, not horses, use the J entrance to the Maclay Street lobby.

More information: pahomeshow.com

March 2-10: Philadelphia Flower Show

The biggest indoor flower show in the county (and the longest-running horticultural event in the world) continues as a winter oasis. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will bring the flower show to the Pennsylvania Convention Center March 2-10 with the theme “United By Flowers.”

Tickets are $49.99 for adults and $29.99 for adults after 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and $39.99 after 4 p.m. Friday. Tickets for students ages 18-24 are $35. Tickets for children ages 5-17 are $25. Early morning tickets, including a guided tour before the doors open to the public ($120) and an early photography tour ($140) are also an option. An after-hours party is 8:30-11:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9 ($75).

The show’s open noon to 3 p.m. Friday, March 1 (for members); 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., March 2-9; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 10.

More information: theflowershow.com

March 9: GardenWise

This day of gardening talks from Penn State Master Gardeners of York County is back in-person. GardenWise is Saturday, March 9, at Central York Middle School, 1950 N. Hills Road, York, with sessions on dye gardens, weeds, container gardens, four-season gardens and more. Tickets are $70 through Feb. 1 and then $80.

More information: extension.psu.edu/gardenwise

April 12-13: Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival

This herb festival held at York Expo Center moves earlier this spring to April 12 and 13.

The show has speakers, workshops and plant-related vendors. There will be workshops to make wreaths and herb containers plus presentations on the herb of the year (yarrow), caring for houseplants and succulents among other topics.

The show’s open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 12, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13.

Tickets are $10. Children ages 12 and younger are free. Parking is free. The York Expo Center is at 334 Carlisle Ave. in York.

More information: paherbfest.com

April 27: Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival

Habitat MT and Manheim Township Department of Parks and Recreation will host the 2024 festival, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Manheim Township’s Overlook Park, near the library. This year’s festival will have nonprofits, native plant vendors and presentations.

More information: lancnativeplantfestival.com

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