HARTFORD, CONN., December 14, 2015 – Discover the sights and fragrances of spring months before the weather warms up at the“35th annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show"onThursday, February 18 through Sunday, February 21, 2016at the Connecticut Convention Centeron 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford.One of the largest and most prestigious flower shows in all of New England,the show’s hoursare: Thursday, February 18 from10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, February 19 from10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 20 from10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, February 21 from10 a.m.to5 p.m.
The colorful, fragrant showcovers almost three acreswith the2016 theme,“In the Spotlight",with fresh, creative and wonderful ideas for homeowners and apartment and condo dwellers alike.Highlights include:
– Over an acre of gardens in full bloom, created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations, and include naturalistic, low maintenance, native, organic, and herb gardens.
– Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s 2016 Advanced Standard Flower Show:more than 12,000-square feet of a design, horticulture and photography competition with more than 250 judged entries, all with the “In the Spotlight" theme.
–Over 300 booths with displays, activities, artisans and handcrafted gifts, and aislesof fresh flowers, plants, garden ornaments, metalwork sculptures, herbs, bulbs, seeds, fertilizers, soils, gardening books, patio furniture and lawn equipment for purchase. Bring a 1/2 cup of soil to the UConn Co-op booth for free soil testing.
–More than 80 hours of seminars by horticulturists and expertsincluding:
Daily morning and afternoon seminars by Mar Jennings, Emmy-nominated TV host, best-selling author and America’s top Lifestyle Expert:“Creating Casual Luxury in Your Home & Garden";
Connecticut Florist of the Year 2010, floral design instructor, and Connecticut Florists Association Board memberBob Buettner:“Floral Arranging";
Nancy DuBrule-Clemente:“Gardening to Help Monarchs and Other Pollinators"and“More Food From Small Gardens";
Wildlife biologistPeter Picone:“Create Season Habitats for Songbirds";
Connecticut landscape designerRob Townsend:“Water Garden Basics";
Consulting rosarians and authorsMike & Angelina Chute:“25 Fabulous Roses"and“David Austin’s English Roses for New England Gardens";
Garden writer, lecturer and photographerTova Martin: “The Indestructible Houseplant."
Admission:$16 Adults; $14 Seniors Age 62 and Over on Thursday/Fridayonly; $4 Children 5-12; Free under age 5 – Cash Only. Group rates for 15 or more people: contact860-844-8461orKristie@northeastexpos.com.
Advance tickets are discounted by $2 and can be purchased no later thanFebruary 16, 2016at 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 includeB & P Turf Farm, Goodyear Farms, Flamig Farm Earth Products, Bob Buettner Florist, Bedard Enterprises, and North East Expos, Inc.
To join the email list and get more information about the 2016 Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, seminars, and driving directions, visitwww.ctflowershow.comor call North East Expos, Inc. at860-844-8461.