"The Flower Show," a traditional flower and garden show, after a seven-year absence, will be at the D.C. Armory/Starplex, Friday, March 3, through Tuesday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Wednesday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for senior citizens and children 12 and under.

Over 100 displays will include a variety of spectacular formal and informal gardens, a horticultural art gallery for local artists, Bonsai specimens by the Potomac Bonsai Association, and exhibits by Ikebana International.

The show will include floral and landscaping films with live demonstrations each day.

Foreign governments will participate with displays combining unique flower and garden ideas, and pictorial exhibits of places of outstanding horticultural interest with their countries.

The National Capital Area of Garden Clubs will provide some of the show's highlights with flower arranging displays and nine small gardens. They will have classes in design including fresh and dried arrangements, water viewing designs and table settings. Also there will be classes on forced bulbs, evergreens, flowering trees and shrubs, house plants, terraria and herbs. All classes are open to arrangers and amateur gardeners.

An exhibit by the Men's Garden Club of Montgomery County, "Gardening in the Shade," will illustrate the best varieties of vegetables for growing in a shady garden plot.

Part of the proceeds of the flower show, of which Bernard H. Ness is director, and which is sponsored by the D.C. Branch of Professional Grounds and Management Society, a non-profit organization, will be used to develop a special sitting garden at Children's Hospital and to initiate educational scholarships for local horticutural students.

Washington International World of Plants & Flowers will hold its second annual plant and flower show at Capital Centre, Landover, Wednesday, March 8, through Saturday, March 11, 12 noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday, March 12, noon to 8 p.m. Admission is $3.75 for adults and $1.75 for children, 6 to 12 with children under 6 admitted free.

A recreation of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, will feature plant and flower material from the U.S. Botanic Garden, according to Tom Stafford, producer of the show.

Another outstanding feature will be a unique walk-through exhibit featuring 25-foot trees, including dogwoods, elms and birches.

The entire floor area will consist of walk-through gardens featuring stone walk paths, waterfalls and gazebos. Azaleas, roses, fruit trees, tulips and Persian gardens will be included. In addition, all the portal entrances will be made into garden areas, and FTD will have a massive floral display.

There will be a fully operational commercial greenhouse to demonstrate planting, caring and mass production techniques; Three Springs Fisheries will display an exotic water-lily lagoon, and Bountiful Ridge nurseries will display fruit trees in bloom.