Nancy Tackett, California

Annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show

January 19, 2010

Category: Displays & Specialty Exhibits

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One of New England’s Largest Flower & Garden Shows


One of the largest and most prestigious flower shows in all of New England, the 29th annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show will be held Thursday, February 18 through Sunday, February 21, 2010 at the Connecticut Convention Center on 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford, Conn. The hours are: Thursday, February 18 from- 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, February 19 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, February 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


The colorful, fragrant show will cover almost three acres with the 2010 theme, The Spice of Life. TV host, author and lifestyle expert Mar Jennings of Westport and a variety of other experts will present special presentations on Thursday and Friday.


Show Highlights include:

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


  Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut Advanced Standard Flower Show featuring more than 12,000 square feet of design and horticulture competition and more than 250 judged entries from all over the State. This year competition theme is The Spice of Life.


  Seminars by experienced horticulturists and experts on landscape design, construction and installation are all free with admission. Presenters include:

  • TV personalityMar Jennings of Westport – four-season gardens, including his own;

  Paul Buettner of East Hartford – floral arranging for children;

  Steve Silk of Farmington – crazy mixed up borders;

  Pamela Weil of Greens Farm (Greenwich) – getting ready for Spring;

  Rob Dietter Jr. of North Haven – water gardening;

  Colleen Plimpton of Bethel – the ins and outs of composting;

  Rosemary Harris of Stamford, author of backyard mystery books – digging up dirt;

  Bill Duesing of Stevenson, Northeast Organic Farming Association – green up your yard with organic land care;

  Denise Ciastko of Canterbury, Native New England Seaside Gardens;

  Lorraine Ballato of Brookfield – successful self-watering containers;

  Kathleen Nelson of Gaylordsville – invasive Mile-a-Minute vines; and

  Michael Corcoran of South Glastonbury – bird gardens in your backyard.


  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.


29th Annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show at the Connecticut Convention Center at 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford, Conn. (Exit 29A off Interstate 91, take Columbus Blvd. Exit and Convention Center is on your right)


Hours:  Thursday, February 18, 2010 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.;

  Friday, February 19 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.;

  Saturday, February 20 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and

  Sunday, February 21 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Admission: $14 Adults; Seniors $12 on Thursday/Friday only; $2 Children 7-14; Free for children age 6 and under – Admisssion Payment by Cash Only (Advanced tickets $2 off –“ from Jan. 1 through February 17 at the following locations: Woodland Gardens in Manchester, Conn.; the Garden Barn in Vernon, Conn.; Stonehedge Garden Center in Newington, Conn.; Moscarillo’s Garden Shoppe in West Hartford, Conn.; and Lawncare, Etc… in North Haven, Conn.).

Event is sponsored by WFSB Channel 3, WRCH Light 100.5, and Connecticut Magazine, and Connecticut Home & Garden magazine.


For more information, including schedule of free seminars and events, vendor/exhibit information, and driving directions, contact North East Expos, Inc. at or (860) 844-8461.

Laura Soll Public Relations, LLC
(860) 688-4499, Cell (860) 833-4466, Fax (860) 688-2170

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