The show opened on Thursday and the theme of this year's show was "Love in Bloom." To help celebrate the romantic theme, the convention center was the venue for a local Glastonbury couple, married 50 years, to renew their wedding vows, immediately after the show's opening in the beautiful flower filled hall.
Together they joined the committee in officially opening the show with the ceremonial cutting of the garland.
|Source: CT Garden Clubs|
Kristie Gonsalves, President of North East Expos, Inc. – the show’s organizer;
Becky Paul, Chair of The Federated Garden Clubs of CT’s Advanced Standard Flower Show competition;
Ronnie Schoelzel, President of The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut
Flower garland of flowers and wedding flowers created by Bob Kelly Florist of Hartford.
Hello Spring! Hello Flowers! Hello Fresh Mulch!
Oh, how we've missed you!
It was wonderful to breathe in the earthy scent and enjoy the bright and vibrant colors!
There was so much to see in addition to flowers, although they were the highlights! Everything from birdhouses, to sculpture, to garden sheds and hot tubs. If you are looking for any product that has to do with landscaping, the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show is the place to go.
|Grasshopper sculpture and landscape display|
|This beautifully set table was found under the flower and wire orbs and was designed by Creative Contours|
|Everything for the yard - from mulch to mowing to mod hot tubs|
|Beautiful Flower Arrangements|
|Amazing floral sculptures - These each stood approximately 4 ft tall.|
|Birdhouses, water features, and hanging pottery.|
|Bright and colorful garden tools! What's not to love?|
|so many amazing water features!|
|Every building looks better with a window box!|
|Someday I'll have a gazebo --- and I love this horse bench|
|My husband said to make sure I didn't come home with anything.|
He didn't know there would be tomatoes there!!
|Will someone come and do this landscaping in my yard for me? Please?|
In addition there were over 80 hours of seminars by horticulturists and experts throughout the weekend, however, we were so caught up in the exhibits we were unable to attend any. Next year, though, we'll plan better.
Show sponsors include B & P Turf Farm, Goodyear Farms, T.J. Bark Mulch, Connecticut Horticulture Society, Bob Kelly Florist, Inc., WRCH Light 100.5, WFSB Channel 3, Bedard Enterprises, and North East Expos.
Special thanks to North East Expos for hosting the event and to my great friends Carol and Gayle for taking the trip to the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show with me!
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Are you ready to get your "garden on" this year?
Do you have any landscape projects that you're planning?
I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!