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The flower show wars are raging. Rhode Island Flower Show producer Maury Ryan has made good on his threat to make his show "the flower show of New England" by mounting his most spectacular landscape exhibition ever. (It runs through Sunday at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence). But organizers of Boston's retooled flower show are poised for a counterattack, expanding the upcoming Blooms! exhibit to several local malls. "The Massachusetts Horticultural Society just signed on ... to co-sponsor a spring flower show at The Mall at Chestnut Hill," announced Peter Sadeck, a designer for the Boston show, who was in Providence recently to check out the competition. "Most of the large-scale exhibits, including A&P Orchids, David Haskell, Jill Nooney will be at Chestnut Hill, but there also will be smaller flower displays at Copley Place and the Atrium Mall." The mall shows will run March 12-22, while the flower-arranging competition segment of Blooms! will be held in the Financial District lobbies of One International Place, 125 High Street, and the InterContinental Boston March 13-15. The financially strapped MassHort canceled the historic New England Spring Flower Show -- which last year drew 100,000 visitors to the Bayside Expo Center -- after 137 years. CAROL STOCKER

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