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Demonstrations will touch on topics such as how to grow healthy perennials; how to create edible arrangements and how to maintain an organic vegetable garden.

Artists will be on hand to offer face painting for kids, and New York in Bloom will offer "shrink art" and "flower button" activities.

"It's really great for the whole family, no matter what you're looking for," Guilmette said. "There's just a lot to do."

New York in Bloom runs Friday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the state museum. The admission fee is $5 for adults on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, the fee is $6, which also includes admission to the 16th annual James Campbell Memorial Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale. Admission is free for children 12 and under, accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

The events mark the only time the museum charges admission. In addition to funding new mineral acquisitions, the proceeds help pay for the museum's after-school programs.""

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