2003 New England Spring
Boston, March 15-23
I thought this year that
since I was heading to Toronto to see the Canada Blooms show, that I might
as well see if there was anything else on at the same time and I lucked
out with having this show run right after Canada Blooms.
This was my first trip to
Boston so I have included shots of the show as well as Boston itself. This
time of year there was nothing in bud or bloom outside of the show, but I
still enjoyed walking around and I have to tell you that the people I met
in Boston were some of the most polite I have ever met in my travels. I
love gardens and I love history and this city had much to share.
As you know Boston is in the
midst of the 'Big Dig' as they like to call it and when all is said and
done, this city will have parks running through it with much traffic
hidden...all the people I spoke to said that while it was taking a very
long time and creating much disruption it was worth it. While I was there
I heard that it was now way over budget, but then what isn't!
The New England Garden Show - 'A Garden Journey'
Over the course of the show
they expected around 150,000 people to visit. It's a long show and it
changes every day with new floral, table, and door displays, plus there is
the ever changing that each garden goes through - watering, deadheading
and primping. They were there early each morning to make sure it looked
great for each new day. It's not only a long show, but the days are long -
weekdays from 9 in the morning until 10 at night. Since my room overlooked
the conference center I could see the line ups at 9 each morning. There
are 3000 members of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. This show has
been running for 132 years - the oldest running flower show in the world!
I was lucky to have a press
pass that allowed me in before the crowds got too heavy.
This show was great in that
it had a lot of azaleas and rhododendrons, many types of heather, and
other plants that grow here in this area. I also enjoyed the gardens that
had some very nice water features, one that in fact was quite a waterfall.
What struck me was the display of Biosculpture! Also of interest in a
garden show were the events they had included for children - the future
gardeners. They had a poster contest, children's tours and a children's
This year they had lectures
and demonstrations running through out the show.
The Bridal bouquet in the
picture is a replica of what Jacqueline Bouvier carried when she wed John
Fitzgerald Kennedy in celebration of the Golden Anniversary of September
12th, 1953. I have a couple of pictures as well of the new rose Hot Cocoa
that is shown with the white urn. Many wonderful little garden tidbits to
Montreal was the only Canadian exhibit there. Their garden featured the
I have to admit I wasn't that
struck on the 'flower beds' because they kind of reminded me of mini
coffins, but again, that was my take on them...I really enjoyed the floral
displays and the table displays and thought that the door displays were
really unique and something we should think more about doing where we
Many awards, many gardens,
many, many vendors in the marketplace - that is where I discovered those
Quark Clogs I spoke about in my March newsletter. I could only take home
so much in my suitcase...!