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Are you ready for Spring? I am! What better way to kick off Spring than by attending the 30th Annual CT Flower & Garden Show, February 24th through February 27th, at the CT Convention Center.

Show Highlights will include:

 ► Twenty-five (25) different naturalistic, low maintenance and organic gardens filling 45,000 square feet of the Convention Center, created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations.  

► Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s Advanced Standard Flower Show featuring more than 12,000 square feet of design and horticulture competition and over 250 judged entries from around the state. This year’s competition theme is “Capture the Magic”.

► Seminars by experienced horticulturists and experts on landscape design, construction and installation are all free with admission (full schedule is at Presenters include:

  • Roger Swain (known as “The Man in the Red Suspenders”), former host of PBS’ The Victory Garden on and HGTV’s People, Places & PlantsEdible Small Gardens & Raised Bed;
  • Gardening Author and Radio, TV and Web Personality Charlie Nardozzi, former host of PBS’ “GardenSmart” – Vegetable Gardening for Dummies;
  • Nationally Renowned Architectural and Garden Photographer Karen Bussolini of South Kent — Jazzing Up the Garden With Color & Contrast, Landscaping with Native Plants;
  • Floriculturist Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, owner of Natureworks Horticultural Services, an organic garden center, landscape design, consultation, installation and maintenance service in Northford – Native Plants, Your Backyard Ecosystem – Habitat Creation, 21st Century Technique;
  • Sal Gilbertie of Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens in Westport, the largest herb plant grower in the country – A Small Plot High Yield Gardening
  • Horticulturalist Matthew R. Opel, PhD, a UCONN professor and specialist in several groups of desert plants and exotics –Pelargonium Species – The Wild World of Geranium Relative;
  • Garden Writer, Educator, Lecturer and Coach Colleen Plimpton of Bethel –The Bins & Outs of Composting;
  • Avid birder and birdscaping advocate Michael Corcoran of South Glastonbury – “Birdscaping”- Native Plants for Our Native Birds;
  • “Farmdener” (more than a garden, less than a farm) Lee Reich, PhD of New Paltz, NY, who turned from plant and soil research with the USDA and Cornell University to writing, lecturing, and consulting;
  • Paul Buettner of East Hartford – Floral Arranging; and
  • Rob Dietter Jr. of North Haven – Water Gardening.

► Floral and garden Arts & Crafts area.

► Hundreds of displays and activities and aisles of fresh flowers, plants, garden ornaments, herbs, bulbs, seeds, fertilizers, soils, gardening books, patio furniture, ornaments and lawn equipment – most of which is available for purchase.

People can bring 1/2 cup of soil to the UConn Co-op booth for free soil testing.

I can’t wait to walk up and down the aisles of the Convention Center and select plants and flowers for my garden

Maria Hagan

Prudential Connecticut Realty
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Wethersfield, CT 06109
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