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February 23, 2009
Contact: Mary E. Prier
Sara Steil
(757) 305-9064
Despite recession, thousands flock to Mid-Atlantic Home & Flower Show

In the era of HGTV and D-I-Y projects, more than 25,000 people flocked to the annual Mid-Atlantic Home & Flower Show from Feb. 13-15 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center to be inspired by spring.

The event offered 500 product and service exhibits, educational seminars featuring regional and national experts, cooking demonstrations on preparing beef, celebrity headliners such as Ed Begley Jr. and a special focus on going green.

Presented by Tidewater Builders Association and The Virginia Horticultural Foundation, the event featured lavish display gardens and horticultural seminars that focused on the theme "Gardens for all seasons." In a time when every dollar counts, visitors were treated to a variety of ways in which they can improve their landscaping and home on a budget and while remaining environmentally friendly.

Throughout the weekend, guests were invited to participate in a variety of competitions, from floral arrangements to a Cooking With Kids contest presented by Certified Angus Beef Brand. Below are the winners of the following competitions:

Terra Firma LLC took home the Platinum Award for Excellence for its "Green With Envy" display, which featured several ways in which homeowners could make their property green, such as including rain barrels, solar panels and rooftop gardens.
Other winners included:
Silver – Jack Frost Landscapes, "Backyard Oasis"
Silver – Winesett Nursery, "Coastal Summer"
Silver – Norfolk Botanical Garden, "Herbie Goes Green"
Bronze – Dreamscape Designers, "Watercolor Spring"

Terra Firma LLC also took home the American Horticultural Society Award for its "Green With Envy" display.

The Virginia Society Of Landscape Designers Award For Best Landscape Design went to Winesett Nursery for "Coastal Summer."

While the People’s Choice Award went to Norfolk Botanical Gardens for its "Herbie Goes Green" garden, which featured recycled elements, such as car tires, a VW Beetle and edible plants, such as herbs and fruit trees.

The Best In Show Award went to Terra Firma LLC for "Green With Envy."

Other winners included:
First runner-up, tie – Norfolk Botanical Garden, "Herbie Goes Green" & Winesett Nursery, "Coastal Summer"
Second runner-up – Jack Frost, "Backyard Oasis"

A panel of outside judges gave top honors to Kitchen Design Inc. for its display at the show. Other winners included:
Second place – Kitchen King Cabinets
Third place – German Kitchen Center of Virginia

Young chefs and their adult helpers were invited to enter their favorite family recipe featuring Certified Angus Beef ® brand product in the contest. Five finalists were chosen to bring their prepared dishes to the show to compete.

Entries could be any course (appetizers, entrees, etc.) but had to feature the Certified Angus
Beef ® brand, available at Farm Fresh stores throughout Hampton Roads.

A panel of judges, including Certified Angus Beef Chef Scott Popovic and Chef Bob Hirasawa of Farm Fresh stores, 2WD DJ Jenna Kehoe and Crocs’ co-owner Kal Habr, judged the entries on taste, appearance and originality.

Father and son team Jeff and Jeffrey Russo of Chesapeake took home the first-place prize for their quesadillas with Spanish rice.

Other winners included:
Second place – Donna and Steven Clifton of Yorktown for their eight-layer beef salad
Third place – Alicia and Aaron Hutman of Virginia Beach for their spicy Italian roast with pasta
and vegetables
Fourth place – Doris and Everett Lee of Suffolk for their pineapple beef
Fifth place – Scott and Rebecca Linneball of Virginia Beach for their beef in baked

Additionally, Dave Parks of Chesapeake, was the winner of the Certified Angus Beef ® brand Beef for a Year contest. Parks will receive $50 coupons for Certified Angus Beef ® brand products, available exclusively at Farm Fresh stores, for 12 consecutive months.

Official sponsors of the Mid-Atlantic Home & Flower Show include: Kitchen King Cabinets, Pella Windows & Doors Virginia, Kitchen Design Inc. and Farm Fresh. Promotional co-sponsors are Cox Communications, RSVP Publications and Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs.

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