A wide variety of topics will be presented by horticulturists and other types of experts at the 36th annual “Connecticut Flower & Garden Show” on Thursday, February 23 through Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Connecticut Convention Center on 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford. Attendance at these seminars is free with admission at one of the largest and most prestigious flower shows in all of New England.
“This year’s colorful, fragrant show covers almost three acres with the 2017 theme, ‘Woodland Enchantment’, explains Kristie Gonsalves, President of North East Expos which presents the Connecticut Flower & Garden Show. “After a long, cold winter, this preview of spring will offer many creative and practical ideas for house, apartment and condo dwellers alike.”
CT Flower & Garden Show Highlights:
Over an acre of gardens in full bloom, created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations, and include naturalistic, low maintenance, native, organic, herb and pollinator gardens.
The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s 2017 Advanced Standard Flower Show with more than 12,000-square feet of a design, horticulture and photography competition with over 250 judged entries, all with the “Woodland Enchantment” theme.
More than 300 booths of displays, activities and shopping: artisans and handcrafted gifts, fresh flowers, plants, garden ornaments, metalwork sculptures, herbs, bulbs, seeds, fertilizers, soils, gardening books, patio furniture and lawn and garden tools and equipment. Bring a 1/2 cup of soil to the UConn Co-op booth for free soil testing.
Over 50 hours of education seminars and demonstrations by expert presenters – Entry free with admission.
Connecticut Flower Show Seminar Highlights:
(see CTFlowerShow.com for full schedule or changes)
- The A.B.C.’s of Vegetable Gardening – Dawn Pettinelli
- A Collector’s Guide to Hostas – Jana Milbocker & Joan Butler
- A Tea Garden in Tivoli. American Garden Design Inspired by the Japanese Way of Tea – Bettina Mueller
- All the Presidents’ Gardens: Madison’s Cabbages to Kennedy’s Roses – Marta McDowell
- Backyard Chicken Gardening – Amanda Morris
- Color, Texture, Structure & Morel Garden Design for 4 Season Interest – Donna Katsuranis
- Compost & Soil Health – Donna Katsuranis
- Connecticut’s Historic Gardens – Laurie Masciandaro
- Cute, Classic & Creative…a Floral Design Style for Every Lifestyle – one session by Trish Manfredi & another by Cathy Ritch
- Designing Shady Retreats – Jana Milbocker & Joan Butler
- EcoBeneficial Gardening 101: Boosting the Ecosystem in Your Own Yard – Kim Eierman
- Eco-friendly Garden Coach; Problem Solving & Brainstorming Session – Karen Bussolini
- Floral Arranging – Robert Buettner
- Herbs – Sal Gilbertie
- Ideas for Creating a Beautiful, Deer Resistant Garden – Jan Johnsen
- More Food From Small Gardens: Growing lots of Food from Early Spring to Late Fall in No Matter How
- Small Your Space – Nancy Dubrule-Clemente
- Myco-Landscaping – Monica Gallardo
- Planning a Traditional Four Square Kitchen Garden – Christie Higginbottom
- Plants with a Purpose- More Than Just a Pretty Face! – Nancy Dubrule-Clemente
- Plants with Year Round Appeal – Andy Brand
- Rediscovering Summer Blooming Bulbs – Matt Mattus
- Saving Your Own Seeds – Christie Higginbottom
- Selecting & Using Ornamental Grasses – Robert Herman
- Sustainable Perennial Garden Design: Working with Nature – Robert Herman
- The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days – Laura Palmer
- There’s No Fruit Like Your Own Fruit – Roger Swain & Paul Miskovsky
- Turning PRFCT: The Evolution & Adventures of a Rational Naturalist – Edwina Von Gal
- Utilizing Pavers in Your Landscape – Lori Vilcheck
- Vertical Gardening – Carol King Platt
- Water Gardening Basics – Rob Townshend
- Woodland Enchantment – Cathy Ritch
- The Year Round Cutting Garden – Carol King Platt
- The Year Round Pollinator Garden – Karen Bussolini
- Yes, They Really are Dried Flowers! – Cathy Miller
- The Yogic Gardener™ Clinic – Helen Yetman-Bellows
- Your Brain in a Garden – Florence Williams
2017 Show Hours: Thursday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission includes entry to seminars: $18 Adults; $16 Seniors Age 62 and Over on Thursday/Friday only; $4 Children 5-12; Free under age 5. Admission payment by Cash Only. Group rates for 15 or more people: contact 860-844-8461 or Kristie@northeastexpos.com.
Advance tickets are discounted by $2 and can be purchased no later than February 20, 2017 at the following Connecticut locations: The Garden Barn Nursery in Vernon; Garden Specialties in Mystic; Moscarillo’s Garden Shoppe in West Hartford; Natureworks in Northford; Stonehedge Garden Center in Newington; and Woodland Gardens in Manchester.
Show sponsors include B &P Turf Farm, Maple Meadow Farm, Bob Buettner Florist, Garden Conservancy, WRCH Light 100.5, WFSB Channel 3, Bedard Enterprises, and North East Expos, Inc.