Floral Design, Horticulture and Photography Competitions & Exhibits

The Boston Flower & Garden Show hosts amateur competitions in floral design, horticulture and photography, coordinated by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. These are Standard Flower Show juried shows representing the best amateur talent in New England! The competitions cleverly reflect the theme of the show Check out a list of our 2018 major award winners!

Each division has a committee, including an entries chair or general contact person, to which questions specific to the division should be addressed.

NEW! Ikebana International

In perfect harmony with this year’s show theme, “The Beauty of Balance”, the Boston Flower & Garden Show is excited to host a hugely expanded display of this ancient Japanese flower arranging practice featuring 3 grand installments as well as dozens of colorful arrangements by individual designers. Ikebana International’s Boston Chapter offers formal instruction in three schools of Ikebana: Ikenobo, Ohara and Sogetsu. The Ikebana display will be located in the Waterfront Ballroom in the Conference Center, just beyond the main show floor.

Live demonstrations of the Art of Ikebana will take place in the Waterfront Ballroom each day at 11am and 2pm, with the exception of Saturday, when Flower Show favorite, designer Tomoko Tanaka, takes to the show’s Main Hall Demo Stage for a 12:00 PM program.

For information on how to participate in these competitions, click here.


Floral Design – Open Classes – “Island Getaway”

You don’t have to be affiliated with a garden club to participate in this division – open to all!  This year’s presentation, “Island Getaway”, will transport us to the tropics for the late winter getaway we all need to get the balance back into our lives.

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Amateur Horticulture Competition

Open to plant societies, garden clubs and individuals.

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Photography Division

2016 Boston Flower Show Photography Competition

Amateur photographers, adults and youth ages 15-18 and 14 and under, are invited to showcase their talents.

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Check out some highlights from past competitions below!

For information on how to participate in these competitions, click here.