March in New England can be as fickle as it comes. Bright blue skies and melting snow giving way to peeks of grass carefully nestled underneath one minute. Gale force winds with brutal cold, biting frozen rain and endless dark dreary days the next. What is the saying?
If you don’t like the weather in New England than just wait a minute.
March is also the time of year when the flower and garden circuit begins and shows spring up (get the pun!) everywhere. Just as we approach our breaking point of a long winter, enterprising garden saints gather in masse to provide just enough fragrant and colorful relief.
If you are a lover of all thing’s gardens. If you smile just at the sight of flowers, marvel in the multitude of ways you can blend color and form, but you have never been to a flower and garden show – well then you are truly missing out on some of the best indoor therapy that is around.
Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago are just some of the large ones that are simply spectacular. The Chicago one alone features 700 plant varieties and a host of activities like a “Potting Party” workshop, a Garden Gourmet Stage with culinary demonstrations from top area chefs, a kid’s activity garden with free hands on learning, a photography competition, a table scape exhibit and a shopper’s paradise with exhibitors from the green industry. If that was not enough there is even a VIP charity event prior to the show opening to the public.
This year’s Boston Flower and Garden Show, who’s show theme is “The Beauty of Balance” is dedicated to showcasing colorful life-sized gardens and vibrant floral designs incorporate the newest design elements, examples of the popular and healthy food gardening trend ideas for adopting sustainable gardening practices and air-cleansing indoor plants. Included will be small-space gardens, homesteading hobbies, edibles-as-ornamentals and family and pet-friendly spaces for outdoor relaxation and entertaining.
If you are really looking for an adventure then traveling to Europe for one of their many shows might be exactly the reason to take that next trip.
Keukenhof Gardens, near Amsterdam, Netherlands
Location: Lisse, near Amsterdam
Without a doubt the most beautiful gardens in the flower world, Keukenhof Gardens boasts 32 acres of colorful flowers arranged harmoniously, more than 30 flower shows, 100 works of art, and 7 themed gardens. It’s perfect for both young and old crowds.
Chelsea Flower Show, London, England
Location: Royal Hospital Chelsea, London
Considered one of the most beautiful garden festivals in Europe, the Chelsea Flower Show is full of magnificent works of arts and architecture made from all types of plants and flowers. This highly prestigious event will feature more than 35 themed gardens and more than 500 exhibitors.
Festa da Flor (Flower Festival), Madeira, Portugal
Location: Funchal city center
Much more than an exhibition, the Madeira Flower Festival is an ode to spring! Parades, music, activities, floral sculptures, acrobats, and food are just some of the ways the Festa da Flor is celebrated throughout the streets of Madeira’s largest city, Funchal. This festival is a great way to discover the Portuguese culture with all of your senses!
It is no secret that I travel for my senses and searching for beauty wherever I go is often the hallmark of my trips. Sometimes it is a curated, well planned visit to London for the spectacular Chelsea Flower show. More frequently it is my husband and I hopping into the Outback in search of something in our own back yard. It might just be the 69th Annual Rhode Island Home and Garden Show.
That sounds like just the right medicine to sooth my winter blues.
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