On Thursday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 26, the four-day “Connecticut Flower & Garden Show” brings spring inside the Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford, Conn. Event Dates/Hours: Opening Day/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. Discounted admission tickets are on sale now: $17 for Adults and Seniors at www.CTFlowerShow.com.
New England’s only 2023 flower exhibition show covers almost 150,000 square feet and will offer a wide variety of ideas for house, apartment, and condominium dwellers. “Gateway to Spring” is the theme of this year’s show that features expansive live gardens, a nonstop schedule of seminars and demonstrations, the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s annual Standard Flower Show, and hundreds of vendors displaying and selling all types of items.
“Whether you are a gardening beginner or an expert, or just enjoy seeing and smelling beautiful flowers and plants, this event is a great way to gear up for Spring by discovering new ways to enjoy your home, garden, and other growing spaces,” says Kristie Gonsalves, President of North East Expos, Inc., producer of the 41st annual show and a past president of the National Association of Consumer Show Producers. “Gardening has been proven to reduce stress, elevate moods, help with socialization and self-esteem, and provide exercise, so this colorful event is exactly what we need right now.”
As soon as attendees enter the Exhibition Hall, they are welcomed by 23 live gardens and landscape exhibits by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations, including naturalistic, low maintenance, native, containers, vegetables, organic, herb, and pollinator gardens. The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s annual Standard Flower Show showcases 12,500 square feet of beautiful design, horticulture, botanical arts, and photography competition with entries from members in its garden clubs across the state – all themed “Gateway to Spring”.
Over 80 hours of seminars and demonstrations, presented by an impressive roster of expert horticulturalists, landscapers, and industry professionals, are ALL Free with admission. Returning this year is the popular Barnes & Noble Center, selling flower, plant, and garden books, including those written by the show’s seminar speakers.
Always popular are hundreds of booths with displays, activities, and shopping: handcrafted gifts, flowers, plants, artisans, ornaments, metalwork sculptures, herbs, bulbs, seeds, fertilizers, soils, gardening books, patio furniture, lawn/garden tools, equipment, more. Bring 1/2 cup of soil for Free testing at the UConn Co-op booth. For a full schedule of seminar speakers and topics, visit http://www.CTFlowerShow.com.