Celebrating its 35th year, the Connecticut Flower & Garden Show started Thursday, February 18 and runs through Sunday the 21st. It is being held at the CT Convention Center in Hartford and directions, hours and parking information can be found at www.ctflowershow.com. Aside from getting out of the cold, the flower show offers a delightful assortment of venues for both novice and experienced gardeners as well as casual observers.
To start with, the UConn Home & Garden Education Center has a booth at the show staffed by UConn Master Gardeners and horticulturists from the Center. Bring your plant questions with you. Also bring a ½ cup of soil for a free pH test offered by the UConn Soil Nutrient Analysis Lab. The last 2 years found our gardens buried under feet of snow so this year while the ground is exposed and the temperatures are supposed to reach 50 degrees F by the weekend would be a good time to collect a sample and have the pH checked. Limestone or sulfur recommendations will be made if necessary.
A favorite part of the show for many is the acre of wonderfully designed landscapes by commercial landscapers, landscape designers and non-profit organizations. Fair space is given to outdoor living areas, water features as well as naturalistic designs. Not only do the landscapes give one creative inspirations but it is so nice to see and smell the flowers in bloom.
The UConn Horticulture Club set up a marvelous landscape this year. Looking at it makes you want to walk through the grass barefoot and sit on the bench admiring the cheery daffodils and savoring the creative use of garden ornamentation.
The CT Flower Show features over 300 vendors! Enough plants, flowers, garden tools, sheds, seeds, bulbs crafts, food products, outdoor living pieces and more. This is a great chance to support local businesses like Holes in the Woods from Willington with quite unique functional sculptures using tree holes!
I love the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s Advanced Standard Flower Show. While I love growing all kinds of flowers, I have to admit I am not all that great at arranging them. The theme for 2016 is ‘In the Spotlight’ and the floral designs are breathtaking. Do spend some time viewing the more than 250 judged entries that include floral arrangements, table settings, views through a window, horticultural specimens and photographs.
Stroll among the flowers, enjoy the scents of spring and resolve to spend more time in the garden and with nature this year.
See you at the Flower Show!