Boston Flower and Garden Show 2014

Best landscape gardening and flower show in New England

 Boston Flower and Garden Show Exhibit
Garden display with azaleas, moss, and rocks at the Boston Flower Show

The huge Boston Flower and Garden Show 2014 brings spring to the city for 5 glorious days in March at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.  

As the biggest and best Boston flower show, this mammouth event features more than 25 unique display gardens by the area's top nurseries and design firms. 

In addition, you can view award-winning flower arrangements, learn from numerous presentations and demonstrations throughout the day, and explore the wide array of garden, culinary, landscaping, building, and decorative objects on sale by vendors.

Whether you crave a glimpse of spring beauty and garden design ideas, or need to find talented professionals to make your dream landscape come true, or simply want to shop, there's something here for everyone to enjoy.


 White tulips at the Boston Flower and Garden Show Exhibit
"Romance in the Garden" - White tulips blooming at the Boston Flower Show

 

Garden Show Display Gardens

Romance in the Garden, the theme for the 2014 show, showcases talented local and New England garden designers and features a spectacular rose garden. 

 Boston Flower and Garden Show Exhibit showing Romantic Rose Garden


Many of the show's display gardens show how to combine outdoor seating and living space with landscaping and seasonal color.

 Outdoor Seating Garden Exhibit

Some gardens demonstrate building materials, especially those using sustainable products.  If you're planning a project to create outdoor living space, the Boston Flower and Garden Show will give you plenty of ideas.

 Japanese Garden at the Boston Flower and Garden Show Exhibit


Perhaps because this is New England, many of the demonstration gardens combine rocks, water, and foliage. 

The Japanese-style water garden shown in the above photo is especially appealing - especially because it features native and easy-to-grow plants which do well in Boston's climate.

 Chinese Moon Gate Garden at the Boston Flower and Garden Show Exhibit


This stunning display garden features a Chinese Moon Gate garden.  

If you look closely, though, you'll see lots of sustainable products such as bamboo, as well as decorative rocks and plants suited to our local growing conditions.

 Chickens - my favorite Boston Flower and Garden Show Exhibit


Some of the biggest attention-grabbers at the Boston Flower and Garden Show are the display gardens featuring chickens.  As you can see in my photo, this particular garden incorporates a colorful chicken coop (that's the blue and green structure) with a small "chicken yard." 

Other areas in this display garden contained beds with herbs and vegetables.  Even though the whole garden area measured only about 25 feet by 40 feet, you could dine nicely on all the food it could produce.


 Boston Flower and Garden Show Exhibit - Winter Garden


Considering all the snow we've had this winter, this display garden is particularly timely as it shows how to select plants with evergreen foliage and brilliant trunk color to provide interesting contrast with the white stuff.

 

Garden Show Presentations and Demonstrations

In addition to the garden displays, the Boston Flower and Garden Show features lots of other activities, including lectures by top garden experts, demonstrations, amateur competitions, children's gardening activities, a bookstore featuring garden design and care books, and fund-raising for the Boston's Department of Parks and Recreation, which maintains many of the beautiful parks around the city. 

Since garden tours in Boston neighborhoods don't take place until May and June, the Garden Show fills a gap in New England's spring gardening calendar.

 Boston Flower and Garden Show Conservation Exhibit


Numerous educational displays, such as the one on habitat conservation shown in the photo above, provide pleny of interesting information to think about.

 Boston Flower and Garden Show Cacti and Succulent Exhibit


Numerous educational displays, such as the one on habitat conservation shown in the photo above, provide pleny of interesting information to think about.

 Boston Flower and Garden Show Butterfly Exhibit


Don't miss the collections of butterflies shown above - fascinating!   As the signs say, these butterflies are farm-raised, and collected only after they die from natural causes.  None are killed. 

 Boston Flower and Garden Show Vegetable Exhibit


A number of exhibits focus on growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs, such as this display by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

The Boston Flower and Garden Show is an offshoot of the 100+ year old New England Flower Show, which withered in 2008 when the global economic meltdown adversely impacted the long-time sponsor, Massachusetts Horticultural Society.  The MHS maintains a role in the reborn event.

 

Floral Design Competions

 Boston Flower and Garden Show Floral Design Exhibit


The Boston Garden Show also features winning entries from two floral design competitions.  The stunning arrangements attract large crowds - and lots of photos.

The Garden Show's management encourages you to bring your camera to photograph or video the displays and arrangements, so that you'll have pictures later when you want to copy the ideas in your own garden. 

 Boston Flower and Garden Show Floral Demo

Demostrations, such as the floral arrangement demo going on in the photo above provide even more tips and ideas about how to create a "wow" effect in your own garden and home.

 

Boston Flower and Garden Show Vendors

In addition to the display gardens, demonstrations, and presentations, dozens - maybe more than a hundred - vendors display a huge variety of specialty plants, cut flowers, and other garden-related items for sale.

 Vendors


These gardening jackets will protect you from the sun and will rival flowers for color.  As you can see in the photo, more vendors farther down this aisle are offering hoodies, hats, knit sweaters, more hats, and scarves - and this is just one small area.

 Patio Cover Exhibit

Some of the outdoor products on display such as these patio covers are quite huge.

 Boston Hammocks Exhibit

Are these hammocks as comfortable as they look?  Their occupants certainly think so!  Best of all, you can buy one and take it home with you.

 More vendors at the Boston Flower and Garden Show

More clothing, pottery, and paintings.

So of all the items for sale at the Flower Show, which one sells best?  Based on my observations, bundles of pussy willow branches! 

Check the Event Calendar for March for exact Boston Flower Show dates and times.

 

Best Hotels near the Boston Flower and Garden Show

If you're coming to the Garden Show from out of town and planning to spend the night in Boston, the most convenient hotels are the South Boston Waterfront neighborhood, where the Seaport World Trade Center is located.

Another good option is the Financial District section of Downtown Boston, where the closest hotels are only 10-15 minutes away on foot, or a quick ride on the T's Silver Line.

The South Boston Waterfront area has 3 excellent hotels:

If you decide to stay Downtown, these hotels are the closest:

Seaport Boston Hotel near Bank of America Pavilion

Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel near Bank of America Pavilion Intercontinental Hotel near Bank of America Pavilion Westin Boston Waterfront near Bank of America Pavilion Langham Hotel near Bank of America Pavilion in Boston

 

Essentials:  Boston Flower and Garden Show

When:  Usually around the middle of March; check the Boston Event Calendar for March for exact dates and times
Where:   Seaport World Trade Center, Seaport Lane, South Boston Waterfront
Closest T station: Silver Line/World Trade Center
Water taxis to the Seaport World Trade Center:  Seaport Express (Central Wharf, behind New England Aquarium, 617-593-9168), Rowes Wharf Water Taxi (Rowes Wharf, 617-406-8584); more about Boston's water taxis
Park:   Hourly parking at Seaport Hotel across the street; several parking garages and lots are nearby
Tickets:  $20 Adults, $17 Seniors (65+), $10 Children 6 - 17; Children 5 and younger are free; Massachusetts Horticultural Society members get free tickets

 Picture of Bank of America Pavilion in South Boston Waterfront / Bank of America Pavilion - www.boston-discovery-guide.com
Beautiful fountain and gazebos at the Boston Flower and Garden Show

 

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