FRYEBURG — Take heart! The sun is getting higher, the days are getting longer and the time is drawing nearer for the 12th annual Northern New England Home, Garden, Flower Show, taking place May 16-18 at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds in Fryeburg, Maine.

As home and garden shows go, the Northern New England Home Garden Flower Show excels on many levels. Chosen by Yankee Magazine twice as a top-20 event in Maine, the fairgrounds is alive with products and services for your home and garden: landscape displays, lawn and power equipment, decks, solar and alternative heating experts, grills, outdoor brick-oven, and more. Home improvement and innovative energy displays will open a world of possibilities to those looking to redesign their home environment.

With great crowds anticipated and hundreds of businesses already signed up, the show has added another 9,000 square feet of exhibitor space, bringing the total to seven buildings and five-plus acres of outside exhibits.

Among the expanding list of highlights:

• The Maine Florist Association is presenting cut and silk flower arrangements each day of the show. Arrangements will be auctioned off at the end of the day and all proceeds go to the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Foundation.

• Area Home Depot stores will be presenting ongoing do-it-yourself and do-it herself workshops.

• Radio personality Paul Parent, host of the Paul Parent Garden Club radio program, returns to the Northern New England Home, Garden, Flower Show for the entire weekend with seminars each day of the show. Kerry Mendez, nationally-recognized garden writer, landscape designer and book author will be on hand sharing her vast creative skills. Seminars on downsizing your home, interior design and staging your home for resale will also take place, and more talks are added every week.

• The show’s very popular Meet the Chefs cooking series returns in Expo 1 with a “Cooking for a Healthier Lifestyle” theme. Bridgton Hospital is the presenting sponsor of the series, which features award-winning chefs from the region sharing healthy and delicious recipes for the entire family.

Exhibitor space is still available. For more information about the Northern New England Home, Garden, Flower Show, call (800) 359-2033 or email show producer Karla Ficker at

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