By Jill Brooke
Want spring in winter? If you are in the Northeast, visit the 41st Annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show in Hartford.
Starting tomorrow through Sunday, “Gateway to Spring” covers nearly 150,000 square feet of expansive live gardens, informative seminars, and demonstrations with creative and practical ideas for houses and apartments. I’ll be there on Saturday to report on the highlights.
What to expect? 23 colorful live gardens, flower arranging, and 80 hours of demonstrations and seminars and garden-inspired events. And it’s all INSIDE. Added bonus? There will be artisans with handcrafted gifts, metalwork sculptures, herbs, bulbs, seeds, fertilizers, soils, gardening books, patio furniture, lawn/garden tools, etc. to see and buy. What fun it will be. Flower shows curate the best of the best so definitely worth visiting.
And let’s also give a big shout-out to Kristie Gonsalves, whose parents started this fantastic flower-loving show and she now runs it. As president of North East Expos, she intuitively understands what the 40,000 people who visit annually seek – an experience to enhance the senses with fragrance, knowledge, and some of the most beautiful flowers and plants in the world.
Here are some of the amazing speakers and demonstrations to plan your trip –
SEMINAR SPEAKERS AND TOPICS:
Day by Day Schedules and All Speaker and Show Information at www.CTFlowerShow.com
Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD, floral editor for Aspire Design and Home magazine and contributor to Florists Review magazine.