“Spirit of Spring”
The 34th Annual
“Connecticut Flower & Garden Show”
February 19-22, 2015
Connecticut Convention Center
“Spirit of Spring” is the theme of the “34th annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show” to take place on Thursday, February 19 through Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Connecticut Convention Center on 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford. One of the largest and most prestigious flower shows in New England, the show’s hours are: Thursday, February 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 21 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The colorful, fragrant show covers almost three acres with the 2015 theme, “Spirit of Spring”, with fresh, creative and wonderful ideas for homeowners and apartment and condo dwellers alike. Highlights include:
- Eighteen (18) gardens fill over an acre, created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations, and include naturalistic, low maintenance, native and organic gardens.
- Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s 2015 Advanced Standard Flower Show: more than 12,000-square feet of design and horticulture competition and more than 250 judged entries, all with a “Ports of Call” theme.
- More than 300 booths with displays, activities, artisans and handcrafted gifts, and aisles of fresh flowers, plants, garden ornaments, herbs, bulbs, seeds, fertilizers, soils, gardening books, patio furniture, ornaments and lawn equipment for purchase. Bring a 1/2 cup of soil to the UConn Co-op booth for free soil testing.
- Daily seminars by Mar Jennings of Greenwich, CT, Emmy-nominated TV host, best-selling author and America's top Lifestyle Expert: Creating Casual Luxury in Your Home & Garden;
- Roger Swain, known as The Man in the Red Suspenders, former host of PBS’ The Victory Garden and HGTV’s People, Places & Plants: Vegetables That I Have Known & You Will Love;
- Connecticut Florist of the Year 2010, floral design instructor, and Connecticut Florists Association Board member Bob Buettner: Floral Arranging;Award-winning photographer and author Ken Druse: Making More Plants – Propagation and Natural Companions;
- Lifelong organic gardener, photographer and lecturer Karen Bussolini: 40 Great Plants for Connecticut Gardens and Gardens in Winter;
- Plant Pathologist Dr. Wade Elmer of New Haven, CT: Fighting Fusarium in Flowers, Nutrition to Manage Disease;
- Award-winning container garden designer and certified horticulturist & landscape professional Deborah Trickett: Celebrity Containers and Jaw Dropping, Get Your Neighbors Talking Containers;
- Wildlife biologist Peter Picone: Create & Enhance Wildlife Habitats in Your Surroundings;
- Baroness Maureen Haseley-Jones a.k.a. The English Lady of Old Lyme, CT: Mother Earth;
- Jeffrey Eleveld, who provides therapeutic horticulture to older adults, including individuals with dementia: Tropical Plants – Clean Air;
- Rich Howard, retired civil engineer and past president of the Connecticut Daylily Society: Daylilies;
- Plant Pathologist Dr. Yonghao Li, who heads up the Plant Disease Information Office at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station: Disease Control in Home Vegetable Gardens;
- Master Gardener Dawn Pettinelli of the University of Connecticut in Storrs: Soils for Gardeners;
- Master Gardener and Landscaper Thomas Mickey: America's Romance with the English Garden
And there's more!!!!
- Charlotte Albers, environmental educator and owner of Paintbox Garden landscape design in Shelburne, VT: Gardens of Paris;
- Rob Townsend: Watergardening Basics and Pond Ecology;
- Pamm Cooper of the UConn Home and Garden Education Center, and a former golf course superintendent who teaches the entomology and turf portions of the Connecticut Master Gardener Program AND Carol Quish Advanced Master Gardener, Master Composter, horticulturist and certified accredited nursery & landscape professional: Our Gardens, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly;
- Soil scientist and wetlands Ecologist Kyle Turoczi, Co-Founder of Earth Tones Native Plant Nursery & Landscapes in Woodbury, CT: Working With Wetlands on Your Property;
- Donna Katsuranis, an Advanced Master Gardener and interfaith minister from Brookfield, CT: Composting & Soil Health and Rain Gardens; and
- Master Gardener author, photographer and designer Amy Ziffer of Sherman, CT: Shade Revealed.
- Denise Ciastko of Pan Acres Nursery in Canterbury, CT: Creating Sustainable Habitat for Pollinators;
- Allison Kaminski: Winter Interest in Your Garden;
- Kasha Furman of Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston: Peonies; and
- Dan Furman of Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston: Backyard Orchards.
Admission: $16 Adults; $14 Seniors Age 62 and Over on Thursday/Friday only; $4 Children 5-12; Free under age 5 – Cash Only. Group rates for 15 or more people: contact 860-844-8461 or Kristie@northeastexpos.com.
Advance tickets are discounted by $2 and can be purchased no later than February 17, 2015 at the following Connecticut locations: The Garden Barn in Vernon; Garden Specialties in Mystic; Moscarillo’s Garden Shoppe in West Hartford; Natureworks in Northford; Stonehedge Garden Center in Newington and Woodland Gardens in Manchester.
Show sponsors include B & P Turf Farm, Goodyear Farms, T.J. Bark Mulch, Bob Buettner Florist, WRCH Light 100.5, WFSB Channel 3, Bedard Enterprises and North East Expos, Inc.
To join the email list and get more information about the 2015 Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, seminars, and driving directions, visit www.ctflowershow.com or call North East Expos, Inc. at
See you at the Connecticut Convention Center on February 19th -22nd!
Connecticut Flower and Garden Show
Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columus Boulevard
Hartford, CT 06103