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Connecticut Flower Show - A Garden for All

I was so fortunate to recently attend the 33rd annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, a delightful assembly of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers spread over a 3 acre canvas.  This year, the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut featured a design and horticulture competition based on a “Backyard Paradise” theme.  The result was a collaboration of mini landscapes offering water features, varieties of lounging areas and patios, seating alternatives from moss covered chairs to hanging mattresses, with thoughtful attention given to exuberantly flowering plants such as lilacs and viburnums, and unusual ornamentation in the form of fish and mushrooms.  

Considered one of the premier garden shows on the east coast, the Hartford Convention Center was once again transformed into a breathtaking panorama sure to thrill any floral or garden enthusiast. There were over 300 booths filled with bright flowers, lush plants, aromatic herbs, bulbs, seeds, gardening literature, indoor and outdoor artwork, yard equipment, enclosures, lighting, and more.  In addition to the vendors, over 80 hours of seminars and demonstrations were offered, including pruning, floral arranging, bee keeping, lighting, water gardens and container gardening.  And though I enjoyed viewing the landscape displays and strolling amongst the plant lined isles, my favorite part of the show this year were the floral arrangements.

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