Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Boston Flower & Garden Show 2010

This afternoon I took some time off homework and studying to visit the Boston Flower & Garden Show. At $20, the price of admission was a bit steep and I had been contemplating for a few days whether I should go but I finally decided that I should not miss this event, if only to know what it is like. Besides, I have long been meaning to get off campus more and to take advantage of all the great things this region has to offer. The Flower & Garden Show includes display gardens put up by local nurseries and landscape architecture firms, horticultural lectures and demonstrations, a fair with vendors selling plants, gardening supplies, and garden-related arts and crafts, a cake exhibit, and Blooms!, a show within the show put together by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and featuring amateur plant displays, floral arrangements, and an amateur horticulture competition.
The most impressive part of the show are probably the professional display gardens, temporarily put together in the hall of the convention center, often with plants artificially coaxed into growth or flowering at this time of the year:

















The amateur plant displays were nevertheless very interesting as well, and often included much more unusual and interesting plants:





Various orchid displays were a further highlight, though unfortunately I was only able to take a few adequate pictures of these:




I had similar issues with my picture-taking abilities at the pretty Bonsai display:





Aside from the Bonsai, Japanese floral art was also represented in a small exhibit of flower arrangements put together according to the principles of Ikebana, or Japanese flower-arranging:



Western flower-arranging was represented as well, both with traditional pieces and with some rather unusual ones:





Finally, the Amateur Horticulture Competition was also quite charming, if only because so much attention is lavished on individual plants, often very small, and they are judged in a surprisingly elaborate system:






The Boston Flower Show runs until tomorrow, March 28th, so if you are in the area and want to see it you still have a chance. It is held at the Seaport World Trade Center just south of Downtown Boston and easily reached by public transportation. For more information, you can check out the following websites: http://www.paragonexpo.com/466.html?flash=1

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous displays - I would say that the trip was worth the price!

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