Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
Help for the Home Garden Lectures
Every Thursday in February, the Delaware Center for Horticulture sponsors speakers who dig up the dirt on turning gardens into aesthetically rich, functional environments. For more, visit dehort.org, or call 658-6262.
Feb. 8-March 7
The Philadelphia Flower Show
The Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia hosts Passport to the World, which boasts botanicals from India, Brazil, the Netherlands, South Africa, New Zealand and Singapore. The new World Bazaar offers exotic items, and live performances by World Café Live incorporate music from Africa and South America. Don’t even get us started on the new international dessert and coffee bar. For more, visit theflowershow.com, or call (215) 988-8899.
Feb. 20, March 20
Merchants’ Attic I and II
When the state’s largest indoor garage sales happen at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Hall, shopping frenzies begin. Attribute the madness to deals on handmade items, collectibles and antiques. Admission is one penny, though larger donations are welcomed. For more, call (800) 441-1329, or visit beach-fun.com.
Delaware Home Show
See 200 exhibitors display or demonstrate goods and services for the home at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. This year’s theme involves the “honey-do” list, and staffers will help all you honeys whittle it down. The date of the downstate version, held at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, is to be announced. Both are organized by the Delaware Homebuilders Association. For more, visit delawarehomeshow.com, or call 678-1520.
Thru March 31
Have you ever seen a living orchid curtain? Even the most experienced gardener would be humbled. That natural wonder, as well as the Living Wall of Orchids and the Orchid Mobile, can be seen at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. For more, call (610) 388-1000, or visit longwoodgardens.org.
The DFVA Spring Art Show
The Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts unites more than 70 local artists to exhibit and sell works at Hagley Museum and Library. You’ll find paintings, sculpture, porcelain, jewelry and furniture. For more, visit hagley.lib.de.us, or call 658-2400.
Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour
If you’re planning to renovate the most important room in your home, this self-guided tour is a must. View the area’s most fabulous kitchen renovations while enjoying food samples from your local restaurants. A different gourmet treat will be served at every house. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Wilmington. For more, visit heartofthehometour.com, or call 652-0544.
Lewes Tulip Festival
Can you imagine a better way to welcome spring than by seeing much of beautiful historic Lewes blanketed in red, white and blue tulips? This vibrant, new event happens thanks to a partnership between the Lewes-in-Bloom committee, The Lewes Historical Society, the Lewes Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Historic Lewes Farmers Market. Expect food and craft vendors, too. For more, visit leweschamber.com, or call 645-8073.
Rare Plant Auction
The Delaware Center for Horticulture’s premier auction gives attendees an opportunity to find rare, newly introduced or difficult to propagate plants. This year’s speaker is Rodney D. Robinson. Christie’s fine art auctioneers will conduct an exciting live auction, and an additional 500 prize plants will be up for bid during the silent auction. The event takes place at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. It is one of the season’s most anticipated events. For more visit dehort.org, or call 658-6262.