I know when the novelty of winter has worn off and I’m anxious for spring to begin. On Thursday, Susan drove with me for almost five hours round trip to visit two different flower shows. We both wanted to see some nice landscaping and smell the flowers. We were fully aware that these shows would be small compared to The Philadelphia Flower Show, but it was nice to see some green and take in the fragrance of the trees, shrubs and flowers.

First stop was the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford to see the 32nd Annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show which was running from Feb. 21 – 24, 2013. The show theme was “Love In Bloom” and had seventeen landscape displays and over eighty hours of seminars and demonstrations. Tickets cost $16.00 for adults to see the landscape designs that encompass just over an acre and 300 vendor booths along with the educational seminars and demonstrations. Parking was inexpensive and the Convention Center has easy access right off Route 84. Favorite displays of ours were from Adam’s Watergardens with their heart shaped display of pink and white heather and colorful hellebores. The Connecticut Horticultural Society had a fabulous display embracing ecological awareness by asking show-goers to break up with their lawn and start with a ‘Dear John’ err — Dear Lawn letter and become less chemically dependent. Nicely done!

Here are a few photos from our visit.


Next stop the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. This convention center also has easy access right off a major highway (Route 95) with available parking near the building. The Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show is in partnership with the RI Horticultural Society and they were celebrating twenty years of shows. There were 25 displayed gardens and vignettes, and approximately 170 vendors in the marketplace. Tickets at the door were $19.00 for adults and $16.00 for seniors and students. There was a Food and Wine Festival going on that looked interesting but we didn’t get to attend.

The show also has the same dates as the CT. show from Feb. 21 – 24, 2013.

Favorite displays included the beautiful pink and white tulips at Celebrating “Life and Hope” and the spectacular moss and fern display at Nature in Motion. “Celebrate Your Own Personal Paradise” was a very inviting landscape that anyone would love to have in their back yard.

Unfortunately, the lighting was not great for taking pictures but here are a few photos from Thursday.

Think Spring!

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