This year’s show theme is “Savor Spring!” As winter wanes, our designers will whet your appetite for the sumptuous joys of the season ahead. Colorful gardens and floral designs will incorporate elements of the popular food gardening trend including organics, small-space gardens, homesteading hobbies, edibles as ornamentals and family-friendly spaces for outdoor dining and entertaining. Enjoy the first taste of Spring while gathering the recipes and ingredients you’ll need for this year’s successful garden.
Our gardens are created by landscape designers, garden centers and nurseries, farms, florists, schools, and non-profit organizations to delight attendees and introduce themselves and their services. Gardens and displays feature dozens of examples of plants, methods and materials to increase the beauty, the bountiful harvest and the ecological friendliness of our gardens and outdoor spaces. The gardens are judged just prior to the opening of the show by prestigious members of the New England horticultural community and awarded prizes based on creativity, use of plants and materials, color and fragrance, and ecological concepts among other criteria. Awards are posted at each garden. See if you agree!
In addition to landscape displays, you’ll also enjoy:
The Window Box Invitational – Space Savors
Window boxes are the perfect place to combine edibles and ornamentals for a convenient and colorful crop! Join us for this year’s Window Box Invitational, sponsored by Renewal By Andersen.
Harding Botanicals, Inc.
Wisteria & Rose
Jamaica Plain, MA/617-522-3843
With the show’s fresh focus on edible gardening and many other activities related to “doing it yourself”, we’ve added an area to feature topics such as beekeeping, chicken raising, farmers markets and agritourism. Meet the farmers, entrepreneurs and innovators doing new and interesting things all over New England.
Master Gardener Info Station
No need to “flash the Bat Signal” to get some help with your toughest gardening conundrums! Just step right up and speak to a Master Gardener. Whether it’s an age-old concern or the latest plant disease, the Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association will come to the rescue with tips and handy info sheets!
Garden Photography & Botanical Art
Check out the stunning winners of our annual Garden Photo Contest, meet an artist at work in the New England Society of Botanic Artists display, or get a close up view of the original commissioned artworks (and the plants that inspired them) that become the seed packages for Hudson Valley Seed Library.
And There’s More!
Don’t miss the prestigious Amateur Floral Design competitions presented by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and Ikebana International. Get inspired by the Amateur Horticulture Division in which hundreds of home gardeners and garden club members show off their carefully cultivated plants, competing for awards and providing examples of what the rest of us should be shooting for!