A garden filled with fuzzy scented geraniums and pink and red petunias greeted Leandra Mendez, her two sons, Mateo and Malik, and her mother Joana when they entered the Brookhaven Home and Garden show at the Holtsville Ecology Site last Sunday afternoon.

Leandra is planning on buying a home soon, so she came to the Home and Garden show to check out what the over 25 vendors, who showcased their home and garden products along the length of the green house, had to offer. She found out about the show through an online advertisement.

Mateo and Malik, on the other hand, ran towards the coloring and crafts section for kids where they made beetle buttons and insect-shaped paper hats.

“The Brookhaven Home & Garden Show is designed to assist local businesses, giving them the opportunity to display their services; and to offer community members the opportunity to learn unique and creative ways to enhance their property,” Kristen D’Andrea, Brookhaven Town Highway Department Public Relations Assistant, said.

Educational, eco-friendly workshops on various topics, from composting to native wildlife protection are taught to the public at the show. The show is in its fifth year since its hiatus.  All the proceeds from the show go to the Holtsville Animal Preserve, which is located right next door to the show and is open to the public and houses more than 100 injured or non-releasable wild and farm animals that the ecology site has helped rescue…

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