BANGOR – Preview night is always something special at the Bangor Garden Show. This year’s theme is “Red, White and Blues,” an event honoring both national heroes and cultural heritage.
Preview night will be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Bangor Auditorium and Civic Center, with tickets $35 each.
The show itself will continue 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 12-13; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Admission is $8 for adults, $3 for students, and no charge for children under 5.
Organizers like to get the word out early about preview night because it requires advance tickets, purchased by Tuesday, April 9.
Jazz and blues by local musicians will be featured on preview night, and the menu will offer national and international cuisine of award-winning students from Eastern Maine Technical College, directed by chef Mark Janiecki.
The keynote speaker, who also will make presentations at 1 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, is Roger Swain, author and co-host of “The Victory Garden” on MPBN.
The preview also will have the announcement of the Ellen Louise Payson Scholarship Award, funded in part by proceeds of Celebrity Coat Check, and by the Patrons Program.
The Bangor Garden Show is produced by Keep Bangor Beautiful, a nonprofit organization devoted to anti-littering, recycling and beautification. Activities this year will place a special emphasis on the Children’s Room, with its theme of “Bark, Bugs, Birds & Bears,” focusing on the Maine woods.
The always popular landscape design exhibits will range from oriental meditation space to a birds and butterfly garden, and even a healing garden created by Horticultural Therapy at the University of Maine.
Others landscape exhibits are Family Tree Landscaping, Entwood Farm & Nursery, Greencare Interior Plantscape, Plainview Farms, Rocky Ridge Perennials, the University of Maine Landscape Horticultural Society, Village Nursery, Windswept Gardens, Tapley Pools and KBB.
The Lecture Series in the Children’s Room will feature Stan Richmond and owls at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 12. Programs on April 13 will be: William Dorrity III, bees; Tony Sohns, insects; Gerald Parsons and Smokey; Brewer Garden and Bird Club; Kevin Allcroft, leaves and trees.
April 14 children’s programs are: Gerald Parsons and Smokey; Tony Sohns, insects; Brewer Garden and Bird Club; Kevin Allcroft, leaves and trees.
The program for grown-ups will feature a variety of lectures, from Lou Cappiello’s “Healing Power of Native American Herbs: Medical System of the Cherokee,” at 5 p.m. Friday, to Mary Fleming’s “From the Garden to the Table: Eating Your Way to a Healthier Lifestyle,” 2-4 p.m. Sunday.
There also will be more than 70 vendors and a variety of educational displays.
The souvenir booklet will feature a cover made from a Lyn Snow original of “Sweetheart Sensation,” a miniature Cymbidium orchid owned by Louise Snow.
“The Liberty Garden” triptych is a limited edition of miniaturized versions of the red, white and blue souvenir booklet covers for 2000-2002 to reflect the theme for preview night.
Sunday’s closing ceremony at 4 p.m. will offer Gwethalyn M. Phillips’ Landscaper’s Choice Award, WVII’s People’s Choice Award and Atlantic Awards’ Show Volunteer. Co-hosts for the reception are Bangor International Airport and PanAm Airways.
For reservations to Preview Night, call 990-4444 by Tuesday. Preview Night tickets may be picked up at the Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau, 115 Main St., Bangor; telephone 947-5206 or (800) 91MOOSE.