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Your brown lawn is acceptable for only another month or so. Once the first day of spring rolls around, the Garden Gods, not to mention your neighbors, will start frowning upon the withered state of your personal patch of land. And you will feel shame. You’ve got to handle it, but before you go shopping for sod and a few drab perennials to spruce things up, try soaking up a little inspiration at the American Plant Food Company’s annual Flower and Garden Show. The Bethesda garden center and nursery will be showing several display gardens, under the theme “There’s No Place Like Home,” that promise to mock your modest experiments with mulch and marigolds. But after having your green thumb called into question by all of the professional landscaping and planting, you can spend your weekend attending seminars hosted by garden professionals who will provide assurance that, after clearing away the auto parts and beer cans, you too can create a beautiful outdoor space of your very own. Remember to smell the roses from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (see City Lights for other dates) at American Plant Food Company, 5258 River Road, Bethesda. Free. (301) 656-3311. (Sarah Godfrey)