Thursday, January 13, 2011

Spring Infusion: CT Flower Show, Feb. 24-27, 2011

Imagine the scene: A center courtyard beautifully abloom with more than 600 spring bulbs, 200 perennials and 35 shrubs, accented with trellising and an original sculpture by renowned artist and CHS member David Hayes.

That vision will greet attendees to the 2011 Connecticut Flower and Garden Show, as the CHS landscape display again will be located near the show’s entrance at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

The show’s theme is “Capture the Magic,” and CHS is inviting everyone to do just that by becoming a member of the society. The exhibit invites show-goers to learn, grow and travel with CHS, not just at flower-show time but year round.

“We've combined a membership message with our landscape, and we think it will be our most engaging display yet,” says Flower Show Chair Nancy Brennick. “We've also volunteered for the first time to introduce seminar speakers, which serves to make attendees who are interested in learning aware of CHS and its offerings.”

CHS members scheduled to lead seminars during the show include Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, Colleen Plimpton and Rob Townsend. Nationally known seminar speakers include Roger Swain and Stephanie Cohen.

CHS has been a premier exhibitor in the landscape section of the flower show for more than 30 years. From the start, CHS volunteers have brought to the annual event a diversity of design experience and plant knowledge generally without equal. The judges have agreed: Over the years, CHS has won awards in a range of categories.

The society welcomes gardeners of all ages and interest levels, from novice to knowledgeable, and anyone else who enjoys horticulture.

The Connecticut Flower and Garden Show will be held Feb. 24-27 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Buy tickets at CHS meetings through Feb. 17 and save $5 off the adult admission price of $14. For flower show vendors, seminar speakers and other details, visit

Photo: Lea Anne Moran
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