Have a green thumb—or aspire to one? Come get inspired in the botanical department at the 37th annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, filling the Connecticut Convention Center with fragrance and fun later this month!
With downtown accommodations at the Goodwin, you’re mere blocks from the Convention Center—and treated to the utmost in boutique luxury within one of Hartford’s defining landmarks for the occasion.
The 2018 Connecticut Flower & Garden Show
This year’s Connecticut Flower & Garden Show takes place February 22nd through the 25th. As always, the event is partly sheer spectacle: A wealth of luxuriant landscape displays will turn the floor of the Convention Center into a garden lover’s paradise—and the site of “Breath of Spring,” the Federated Garden Club of Connecticut’s landscape-design competition.
Even as you rack up ideas for your own property amid those lavish displays, you’ll also be able to deepen your horticultural knowledge via a jam-packed itinerary of educational presentations and seminars.
This year’s featured speakers will, collectively, cover a sweeping span of garden-talk territory.
- Robert Buettner, 2010’s Connecticut Florist of the Year, who’ll give you the lowdown on floral arranging each day of the Flower & Garden Show;
- Nancy Ballek(of East Haddam’s Ballek’s Garden Center), discussing “The Art & Science of Houseplants” on February 23rd;
- Peter Picone, a Connecticut wildlife biologist who’ll talk about planting flowers specifically to attract pollinators (February 22nd) and, more generally, landscaping with an eye toward improving wildlife habitat (February 24th);
- Jan Johnsen, recipient of an “Instructor of the Year” award from the New York Botanical Garden and a former Landscape Design instructor at Columbia University, reviewing artful ways to incorporate stone into your landscaping; and
- Laurie Masciandaroof Roseland Garden surveying “Connecticut’s Historic Gardens” on February 22nd and 24th; and
- a whole slew of others!
Attending the CT Flower & Garden Show
The show runs from 10 AM to 7 PM on Thursday, from 10 AM to 8 PM on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday. You can pick up tickets at the main box office: They’re $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $5 for kids, with those younger than 5 years old admitted free of charge.
Any fan of blooms and/or well-designed garden-scapes should consider attending the Connecticut Flower & Garden Show: a chance to learn from the experts, both through seminar presentations as well as floral and hardscaping displays. Book your downtown Hartford lodgings at the Goodwin so you’re all set to take in the hard-core horticulture over at the Connecticut Convention Center this February!