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Come along to the 2015 Indiana Flower and Patio Show

This year’s trip to the Indiana Flower and Patio Show on Saturday revealed quite a selection of better than usual garden designs and plants. Many of the companies did a better job of identifying plants, something I think should be required for any company that participates with a garden.

The main design element remains outdoor entertaining. Decks, paving, stone or wood walls form outdoor kitchens, seating areas, waterfalls and ponds. The show continues through March 22. Here are some highlights:

Start to Finish Landscaping designed "Rural Tranquility," demonstration a very clever way to reuse glass wine bottles. Slap a table on the bottle and you've got a plant market. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Start to Finish Landscaping designed “Rural Tranquility,” demonstrating a very clever way to reuse glass wine bottles. Slap a table on the bottle and you’ve got a plant market. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

 

ProCare's theme "refreshed" is emblazoned on a fountain wall. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

ProCare’s theme “reFreshed” is emblazoned on a fountain wall. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

 

HIttle Landscape creates "Mid Summer Eve" with a fountain fill with lush succulents. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Hittle Landscape creates “Mid Summer Eve” with a fountain fill with lush succulents. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Gardens of Growth sticks with its philosophy of sustainability with its "Four Seasons" garden by incorporating a large trunk as the base of a glass table. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Gardens of Growth sticks with its philosophy of sustainability with its “Four Seasons” garden by incorporating a large trunk as the base of a glass table. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

McNamara Florists, always a wowser, retains its reputation as a wow designer with its topiary creations. The flowers and butterflies are chicken wire stuffed with moss. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

McNamara Florists retains its reputation as a wow designer with its topiary creations. The flowers and butterflies are chicken wire stuffed with moss. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

A great table top decoration: a colander planted with oregano. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

A great table top decoration: a colander planted with oregano. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Hendricks County Master Gardeners took their turn staffing the Purdue Extension booth at the Indiana Flower and Patio Show. The booth is a great place to get answers to your gardening questions and to learn how to be a Master Gardener and other extension programs. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Hendricks County Master Gardeners took their turn staffing the Purdue Extension booth at the Indiana Flower and Patio Show. The booth is a great place to get answers to your gardening questions and to learn how to be a Master Gardener and other extension programs. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

 

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