A Robin Hood theme is highlighted at the Doggy Fantasies Fashion Show, which was one of the Pa. Garden Show of York’s events Saturday.  The
A Robin Hood theme is highlighted at the Doggy Fantasies Fashion Show, which was one of the Pa. Garden Show of York's events Saturday. The dog's fashion clothing was by Stephanie Honodel Puppy Wear. (Randy Flaum — rflaum@yorkdispatch.com)

Liz Donaghy hung a spring wreath on the door of her Springettsbury Township home with the hope that it would bring warmer weather.

"We are more than ready for spring," she said.

But it wasn't enough to keep the winter weather at bay.

With York County facing yet another snowstorm, the Pennsylvania Garden Show of York aimed to bring some spring cheer in its 22nd year. This year's theme was "Fairy Tale Gardens."

Whimsical: Simply walking through the door was enough to remind attendees of the warmth of spring as smells of mulch and hyacinth filled the air.

With this year's theme, vendors and other show participants took it to the next level, dressing up and creating gardens specific to the occasion.

INSTAGRAM VIDEO - A Robin Hood theme is highlighted at the Doggy Fantasies Fashion Show which was one of the PA Garden Show of York’s events on
INSTAGRAM VIDEO - A Robin Hood theme is highlighted at the Doggy Fantasies Fashion Show which was one of the PA Garden Show of York's events on Saturday. The dogs wear fashion clothing by Stephanie Honodel Puppy Wear. Randy Flaum photos - rflaum@yorkdispatch.com

The garden displays featured fairy-tale themed benches, garden gnomes, giant mushrooms and walkways full of storybook charm.

The displays were whimsical, and vendors really got into the spirit of the theme, Donaghy said.

"I thought it was cute," she said. "People really did a good job of using the theme."

The show featured a couple of new attractions this year, said Rick Jacobus, the show's promoter.

The first-ever lyrical dance — a blend of ballet and jazz dance techniques — was performed at this year's show by Light of Life Performing Arts in Seven Valleys.

And a couple of fashion shows, for both dogs and humans, were put on by various fashion designers, such as Lancaster's Michelle Rene, Jacobus said.


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He said he was pleased with how the vendors and attendees got into the spirit of the fairy-tale theme.

"They did a great job in that way," Jacobus said.

The show also had more flowers than in previous years, he said.

Attendance down: Attendance from Friday through Sunday was around 6,000 people, Jacobus said.

"The numbers could've been better," he said, but the threat of snow and cold temperatures likely held people back. The highest attendance he recalled was 8,500 people a few years ago.

The show began to close down a couple of hours early — and give attendees free admission — on Sunday afternoon because some vendors had to drive into the oncoming snowstorm, Jacobus said.

But during such a cold weekend, people especially loved the wide array of colorful flowers, he said.

"It gives them a little taste of spring before it actually comes," Jacobus said.