Connecticut Flower & Garden Show returns to Hartford

Greg Stevens

This is not a flower and backyard garden exhibit for gardeners only.

People can teach by themselves about houseplants, garden tools, sheds and gazebos, and there will be a lot more than 75 artisans and craft displays providing a range of floral-themed items and products and services at the 41st Connecticut Flower & Garden Clearly show.

It takes area nowadays by means of Sunday at the Connecticut Conference Center in Hartford.

“It is just pretty wonderful to see spring in full bloom and enjoy the gardens,” said Kristie Gonsalves, the show’s producer and president of North East Expos.

“Gateway to Spring” is the topic of this year’s exhibit that attributes expansive live gardens, suppliers, seminars, demonstrations and the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s annual Conventional Flower Clearly show.

There will be additional than 80 several hours of seminars and demonstrations introduced by far more than 20 horticulturalists, landscapers and field industry experts they are cost-free with admission.

There will be much more than a dozen reside gardens in complete bloom such as naturalistic, small-maintenance, indigenous, container, vegetable, organic and natural, herb and pollinator gardens.

The dwell gardens, seminars and displays change every single year, “so it is constantly a contemporary new search,” Gonsalves mentioned.

Hundreds of booths will showcase displays, functions and purchasing for artisans’ handcrafted gifts, fresh bouquets, vegetation, yard ornaments, metalwork sculptures, herbs, bulbs, seeds, fertilizers, soils, gardening books, patio household furniture, garden and back garden resources, products and extra.

Provide a 50 percent-cup of soil for totally free screening at the College of Connecticut co-op booth.

“During the COVID knowledge of isolation, fingers-on gardening and outdoor living became ever more essential for lessening worry and elevating our moods,” Gonsalves said. “The backyard industry flourished during the pandemic as folks invested far more time at house and in their yards. Gardening provides peace, joy and leisure, and you can actually see the fruits of your labor. “

In preceding decades, there have been flower and backyard garden reveals in Boston and Rhode Island, but owing to facility and/or producer problems, this Connecticut demonstrate is now the only one particular remaining in New England, she discussed.

The exhibit “brings lots of a fantastic joy to get out of the doldrums of winter,” she stated. “When going for walks into the exhibit every perception is awakened. Smells of spring, seems of spring and visions of spring are what people will uncover listed here at the display.”

February is a good time for the clearly show as gardeners commence to strategy gardens and get started seeds for a spring crop, and landscape designers are in the procedure of scheduling their schedules for the spring/summer season perform load.

Returning to the demonstrate this calendar year is the popular Barnes & Noble Centre promoting flower, plant and yard books, such as individuals published by the show’s seminar speakers.

The Connecticut Flower & Garden Display normally takes place these days by Sunday at the Connecticut Conference Centre, 100 Columbus Blvd., Hartford.

It will be open up these days from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Discounted admission tickets are $17 for grownups and seniors at

Tickets at the doorway are $20 for older people and seniors $5 for little ones 5-12 no cost for little ones under age 5.

For far more information and facts, visit or call 860-844-8461.

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