Tired of the snow, the brown and the ever-freezing temperatures? Have no fear. For two days the Cross Insurance Center will transform into a spring wonderland (complete with real grass!)

On April 11 and 12, the Bangor Daily News will host its third annual BDN Garden Show, an expo and celebration of all that is green, living and the opposite of what it looks like outside right now. More than 120 vendors will fill the center featuring everything from stone fire pits and solar panels to homemade soap.

Hillview Mini Barns will give young attendees a chance to stretch their legs, run, jump and play on a custom built playground and Ellsworth-based Birds Acre Sanctuary will talk with visitors about their owls which will also make an appearance at the show.

The BDN Garden Show is the largest show of its kind in Maine. Each year, as winter starts to drag, it brings the Cross Insurance Center to life with the sounds and smells of spring. Vendors offer demonstrations and visitors can take part in the People’s Choice Award for favorite landscape. Landscapers this year include Central Maine Stoneworks, Flagstones, JL Landscape, Hickory Dickory Decks and University of Maine Environmental Horticulture.

Organizers say the event, which has grown every year and drew 13,000 people in 2014, is a chance for people to get inspired about landscaping and the warm weather to come.

“People come from all over and it gives them a chance to find ideas that will make their own space and their community more beautiful,” Kelly Donnelly, the BDN’s events and brand coordinator said.

The show’s theme this year, “Naturally Nautical,” was inspired by the state’s rugged coastline and the lives of Mainers living there, Donnelly said.

Like years before, the expo will include golf demonstrations and simulations with a chance to win $10,000, as well as music, concessions and a large children’s area.

Sponsors include Gagne and Son Concrete Products, Sprague’s Nursery and Garden Center, Granville Stone and Hearth, Zoneradio.com, and Union Farm Equipment.

The BDN Garden Show will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday April 12. The cost is $7 per person and children 12 and under get in free. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit the BDN Maine Events Facebook page, www.bdnmainegardenshow.com, call 990-8021 or email events@bangordailynews.com.

Natalie Feulner

Natalie Feulner is a journalist and “semi-crunchy” cloth diapering momma to a rambunctious toddler named after a county in California. She drinks too much tea and loves to climb rocks but not at the...