What’s not to love about flower shows?
Horticultural societies around the country are getting ready to kick off gardening season 2017 by transforming local convention centers into stunning display gardens and mini-landscapes. Gardening enthusiasts can venture to these wells of inspiration and get a peek at the latest gardening trends without braving rain, sleet or snow. And really, there’s no need for green thumbs — just make sure you’re wearing your walking shoes when you go. Prepared to be dazzled and inspired by fabulous gardens and displays, plus there’s typically demonstrations, lectures and great shopping.
Here’s a look at some of the top flower shows and garden festivals around the country.
The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. March 11 – 19, 2017. Holland: Flowering the World. This year’s show celebrates Holland’s floriculture at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Washington Post calls the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show a “perennial pleasure.” The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show, with 33 acres of inspiration for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. According to conference organizers, “walking the entire 33 indoor acres of the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show at a leisurely pace takes about 3 hours and covers approximately 2 miles.”
Connecticut Flower and Garden Show. Feb. 23 -26, 2017. Connecticut Convention Center. One of the largest and most prestigious flower shows in New England, this year’s theme is “Woodland Enchantment,” with 20 gardens created by landscape professionals displayed over an acre. Twenty gardens fill more than an acre, created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations, and include naturalistic, low maintenance and organic gardens.
- New Jersey Flower & Garden Show Feb. 23 -26, 2017. New Jersey Convention Center, Edison, NJ
- Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show March 30 – April 2, 2017. Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
- Boston Flower & Garden Show March 22 – 26, 2017. Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA
- National Cherry Blossom Festival March 20 – April 16, 2017. Washington, DC
- Arkansas Flower & Garden Show Feb 24 – 26, 2017. Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, AR
- Nashville Lawn & Garden Show March 2 – 5, 2017. The Fairgrounds Nashville, Nashville, TN
- Southern Spring Home & Garden Show February 24 – 26, 2017 and March 3 – 5, 2017. Park Expo and Conference Center, Charlotte, NC
- 71st Florida Azalea Festival March 4- 5, 2017. Palatka, FL
- Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 1 – May 29, 2017. Walt Disney Epcot Center, Orlando, FL.
- Mobile’s Festival of Flowers March 23 – March 26, 2017. Providence Hospital Campus, Mobile, AL
- Charleston’s 70th Festival of Houses & Gardens March 16 – April 22, 2017. Charleston, SC
- The Great Big Home & Garden Show Feb 3 – 12, 2017. I-X Center, Cleveland, OH
- Colorado Garden & Home Show Feb 4 – 12, 2017. Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO
- Akron Home and Flower Show Feb 24 – 26, 2017. John S. Knight Center, Akron, Ohio
- Minneapolis Home & Garden Show February 24 – 26, 2017 and March 3 – 5, 2017. Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
- Chicago Flower & Garden Show March 18 – 26, 2017. Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
- Boise Flower & Garden Show March 24-26, 2017. Boise Centre, Boise, ID
- Northwest Flower & Garden Show Feb. 22-26, 2017. Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
- San Francisco Flower & Garden Show April 5- 9, 2017. San Mateo Event Center – San Francisco, CA