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An abundance of flowers and flowering plants, including desert rose, herbs, bushes, trees, hand-painted pots, garden tools and accents are available Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at the 24th annual Mount Dora Plant and Garden Fair in Donnelly Park.
An abundance of flowers and flowering plants, including desert rose, herbs, bushes, trees, hand-painted pots, garden tools and accents are available Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at the 24th annual Mount Dora Plant and Garden Fair in Donnelly Park. (Jerry Fallstrom / Orlando Sentinel)

MOUNT DORA — Years ago when she lived in Baltimore, Christine Cole loved attending a festival called Flower Mart.

Filled with vendors offering a variety of plants and flowers, it was one of Cole’s inspirations for the Mount Dora Plant and Garden Fair. The 25th annual show — which as usual will specialize in rare and unusual plants — is set for this weekend at Donnelly Park.

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Explaining the sustained popularity of the fair she founded, Cole said, “I attribute it to being just a lovely way to spend a half a day wandering around.”

But health issues will prevent her from attending this year’s event. The show will go on thanks to help she received from Janet Gamache, coordinator of the Mount Dora Craft Fair.

“I will be back,” said Cole, 71, who has long been assisted by her partner Gene Packwood. “I’m still young.”

She said a handful of the 25 or so vendors from the first show keep coming back year after year, including Traci Anderson, owner of Seminole Springs Antique Rose & Herb Farm.

Anderson said Cole approached her at the Apopka Art and Foliage Festival all those years ago about attending the inaugural event in Mount Dora. She recalled expecting with her first son and “it was so busy that I couldn’t even leave the space.”

Cole is a “joy to work with” and is always considerate with vendors, said Anderson, adding that she admires Cole’s passion for all things that grow.

For her part, Cole, who for years wrote freelance articles about the arts and entertainment for the Lake Sentinel, describes her vendors as “the world’s nicest people” who also possess another valuable trait: patience.

Gamache said November is the perfect time to plant in Florida. The fair will offer both native and exotic plans from all over the state including orchids, air plants, fruit trees, bamboo and bromeliads.

Nature-inspired products including hanging chairs and birdhouses to spiff up outdoor spaces will be for sale, too.

Fair hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, go to PlantandGardenFair.com.

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