Just in time for spring planting season, learn from 250 vendors about everything from culinary to gardening secrets.

The Annual Home, Garden and Flower Show at Fryeburg Fairgrounds celebrates its sixth year May 18-20, 2007. Last year, more than 8,000 visitors attended the three-day event. Show owner-producer Karla Ficker sees the record-breaking crowd as an indicator of the future.

“This show has become a destination event that attracts visitors from the White Mountains and Western Maine communities and far beyond,” Ficker comments. “The show brings hundreds of vendors together in one convenient, easily accessible location. It is an especially timely event because of its emphasis on the garden and landscape material. For year round and vacation homeowners, it is an opportunity to find the professionals needed for building, remodeling, and other projects.”

The Garden Marketplace will be represented by seven regional garden centers. The Marketplaces are set up outdoors and offer locally grown and zone hardy perennials, annuals, vegetable seedlings, shrubs, soil enhancers, and garden accessories.

This year a seventh building will house the workshops and seminars that go on throughout the three days of the event. Special guest Paul Parent, host of the Paul Parent Garden Club radio show and the local access TV show All Things Growing, along Cyndy Tibbets from Hummingbird Farm, are among the featured presenters covering such topics as organics, landscaping ideas, waking up the garden for spring, maintaining your gardens and much more.

The popular Meet the Chefs cooking series plays to standing-room-only crowds throughout the show. “This year, we have chefs from prestigious resorts such as The Balsams and The Mount Washington Hotel & Resort,” Ficker remarks, “and favorite restaurants and chefs including the 5-star rated 1785 Inns Brad Southwick along with Vito Marcello of Bellini’s Restaurante who is “back by popular demand” to entertain the audience with his expertise and wild humor.”

New to the 2007 Meet the Chefs series are Chef Robert Schrader of The Tamworth Inn; Anita Burrows, The Everyday Gourmet; representatives from The State of Maine Cheese Company; Frank Isganitis of The Limerock Inn in Rockland, ME and Kerry Altiero of Café Miranda, also in Rockland. For parents looking to find ways to encourage their children to eat better, Executive Chef and owner Lise-Lotte Nichols of Healthy Habits Culinary School in Sanford, Maine will share the stage with some lucky children as she teaches them how to prepare foods they love.

Meet the Chefs is sponsored by the newly renovated Chick Home Center of North Conway and Bay Street Discount of Ossipee. Chicks will build the kitchen with handsome cabinets and marble countertops and Bay Street will add top-of-the-line Viking appliances. “Our sponsors create a kitchen worthy of the talents of our distinguished chefs,” says Ficker. To meet the presenting chefs at the 2007 show, visit the shows Web site (www.HomeGardenFlowerShow.com).

The aquatic element of the show, introduced in 2006, has also expanded with more boats, more docks, and more water toys. Since Fryeburg sits between the Lakes Regions of two states, water elements are a natural extension of the shows offerings.

The Fryeburg show occupies six acres of the fairgrounds with outside displays and seven major exhibit halls. With all the trappings of a country fair in May (including delicious ‘fair food’), the event has a flavor that is unique among home & garden shows.