Flower show brings landscapers, masons together

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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Portland Flower Show demonstrates how local landscapers and masons can create fairytales in backyards.

"The most impressive thing is how quickly everybody goes to work here. It goes from a warehouse to springtime," said mason Wyatt Picard.

One of the landscapes features an arch Picard built two years ago.

"It's nice to show it and sell it as an installed piece," said Wyatt Picard a mason.

Genest Concrete features a summer backyard scene with a fire pit, water feature, green egg grill, painting stone tiles and a free standing wall. The owner, Ray Petrarca, said he was going for an outdoor living room. His company also sponsors the event, which he said allows Genest to support the local landscapers.

A miniature town also graces the show. For this display, three different groups collaborated to have a train go around a mini town with small plants and a small water feature. The set had many flowers which nomally bloom in mid-April said creator of the display Jeff O'Donal.

"You fool (the flowers). You put them in heat and sunlight," said O'Donal.

"It's all about the timing," said Jon Snell of Jaiden Landscaping, who was the mastermind behind a royal courtyard.

Snell said his daughter inspired his royal courtyard idea. He said with the 14 gardens, there are many great ideas and displays, each one unique.

The show runs Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Right after the show ends, there is a plant auction.

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