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Warm up at colorful orchid and garden shows

Orchid and garden shows are a wonderful way to warm up during winter and enjoy some colorful floral beauty.

Visitors enjoying the Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden, which remains on view through March 28.

Kyle Spradley/AP

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Flowers from around the world will be on display in Philadelphia; orchids in New York City's Bronx will help conjure up Cuba; and the streetscapes of Paris have been reimagined at a garden in St. Louis.

These are a few of the garden and orchid shows occurring now and through the end of March in various parts of the United States. While it remains too cold in many places to enjoy flowers outdoors, these annual events offer visitors a way to shake off "snowmageddon."

They also are excellent resources for gardening projects. Even if you do not have a green thumb, however, the sights and scents of a garden show can provide an uplifting diversion from the final gray days of winter.

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