Enough of this snow and cold weather already! I am sure that many of us are tired of shoveling, snowblowing, slipping and sliding, rearranging schedules and high heating bills and really need a breathe of spring right now. Thank goodness for the Flower Shows and the one I spent all day at yesterday was the 33rd Annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show at the Convention Center in Hartford.
In part that was because the UConn Home & Garden Education Center has an information booth there staffed by UConn horticulturists and UConn Master Gardener Coordinators and Volunteers available all 4 days to answer your gardening questions. UConn Soil Nutrient Analysis Lab staff are also at the show offering free soil pH testing and limestone recommendations. We only got two soils yesterday which considering the amount of snow covering most of our yards at the moment is not surprising. The important thing about tabling at the show is really to let the folks of Connecticut know what the UConn Departments of Plant Science/Landscape Architecture and Extension can offer them in terms of advice and services for problems in the home and landscape.
Two other UConn Home & Garden Education Center staff, Carol Quish and Pamela Cooper, along with myself have or will be speaking at the Flower Show. I noticed at least a couple of UConn Master Gardeners will also be giving presentations as well as many other skilled and knowledgeable horticultural professionals. If you are attending the show, check out the free seminars.
My favorite part of the show is the FLOWERS, of course! So many to view! Arrangements in the Federated Garden Clubs of CT competitions, the floral arranging demonstrations by CT Florists, the lovely blooming plants in the landscapes, and all the plants and garden themed items to buy.
The creativity of the flower arrangers, landscapers and the various merchants is really amazing. I also love finding new garden products and unique craft items. So here’s a few photos of what caught my eye – no endorsement is meant. This is just a small taste of what you’ll find at the show. Do come see for yourself and stop by the UConn booth to say hi!