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Lush landscapes and lavish flowers are the stars of these shows – it's time to show off your green thumb

Released: March 19, 2019

DEL MAR, Calif. (March 19, 2019) – It has been said that gardening is part craft and part artistic endeavor. Entries are now open to show off your plant creativity and win cash awards, special recognition and ribbons in the Paul Ecke Jr. Flower and Garden Show at the 2019 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons.

Gardener's delight:
This year’s Garden Show theme is “There’s No Place Like Home,” as the Fair celebrates L. Frank Baum timeless classic, “The Wizard of Oz.” The show will feature various types of landscape exhibits along with individual container plants. A plethora of Oz-some entries are expected, encompassing what San Diego outdoor living is all about! Exhibit entries are open to all California residents including amateurs, non-profit organizations, businesses, associations and garden clubs in the horticultural, agricultural or floricultural industry. Youth categories are open to ages 9-19 within 4H, FFA, youth groups and individual students. Award-winning exhibitors will be invited to a private awards ceremony during the Fair. Register online for the Garden Show here by May 3. Fees range from $5 to $350 per entry.

Fantastic flowers:
The Flower Show features the region’s largest exhibition of award-winning floral specimens. On display are beautiful professional interiors, floral vignettes and floral inspirations. There will be competitions for both amateur and professional floral designers, and more than 5,000 fresh-cut blooms and expressive floral designs will be showcased.

If you grow beautiful blooms and plants, arrange amazing floral designs or create Bonsai and tray landscapes, enter the Flower Show competition here by May 10. Entry fees range from $10 to $85.

Highlights of The Flower and Garden Show include:
- The Garden Market
- The Toast of the Coast Wine Bar & Wine Nook exhibit
- Historic adobe wall exhibit
- San Diego Vintner Association daily wine tastings
- Daily educational demonstrations on the “There’s No Place Like Home Stage”

These festivals and events will be featured in the Flower and Garden Show:
- Bloom-N-Art Party, June 1-2
- 10th Annual San Diego Floral Design Competition, June 16
- My Big Fair Wedding Day, June 23

About the 2019 San Diego County Fair

Get ready to skip down the yellow brick road to the most Oz-some Fair yet! The 2019 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, will explore the magical world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” This year’s Fair, which runs May 31-July 4 (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in June), will give visitors the chance to leave the ordinary world behind the minute they step into this Wizard of Oz wonderland. They’ll learn to channel their inner courage in a whirlwind of exciting carnival rides, expand their brains by getting immersed in creative and educational exhibits and warm their hearts by creating lasting memories with their friends and family members. The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County, and one of the top five fairs in the United States and Canada, drawing approximately 1.6 million visitors annually. For more information, visit www.sdfair.com.

For more information, please contact:
Annie Pierce
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