If all this snow has you feeling a little end-of-winter melancholy, then visit the promise of spring that takes over every year at the Boston Flower and Garden Show. This year’s theme is “Savor Spring”, and you can do just that March 14-18, at the Seaport World Trade Center.
Wellesley’s own Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s will celebrate the beauty of the Napa Valley vineyards and that region’s well-known laid-back flair for outdoor living and entertaining in their exhibit, “Nuptials in Napa”. Look for the exhibit to feature plenty of inkberry (Ilex glabra ‘Densa’), in use in their presentation as an elegant evergreen border plant. Also to be featured is Deutzia, a low growing dwarf shrub/woody perennial that will show off its snow-white blossoms bloom throughout the garden display.
Mass Hort’s exhibit design team includes Jana Milbocker of Enchanted Gardens in Holliston; Mass Hort’s Director of Operations, Dan Brooks; Senior Horticulturist Hannah Traggis; Gardens Curator David Fiske; and Director of Events, Kayleigh Tosches.
Mass Hort also manages all the amateur competitions at the show, which include floral design, amateur horticulture competitions including plant rooms, bay windows, individual house plants/horticulture exhibits, and junior horticulture, Ikebana display, miniature gardens, and photography. Information on how to enter here.
More flowers, please
After the Flower Show has come and gone, you may need to further fight against the icy disdain of winter. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will have you covered at its yearly Art in Bloom show, April 28 – April 30, where over 50 New England garden clubs and professional designers will create floral arrangements that artistically interpret works of art in the museum. Wellesley always represents at this show, with the Hills Garden Club of Wellesley, the Wellesley Garden Study Group, and Wellesley Gardeners’ Guild often among those creating arrangements.
Not that I’m bragging about something I did years ago or anything, but yeah, I’ve flowered it up at the MFA with Wellesley Gardeners’ Guild member and my frequent partner in such crimes, Joan Minklei. Here’s a little thing we threw together in 2016:
Flowers beyond Wellesley
For more floral fun, check out Needham’s annual Art in Bloom exhibit at the Needham Library (1139 Highland Ave, Needham), Saturday, March 10, 9am – 5pm and Sunday, March 11, 1pm – 5pm.
I’ll leave you with this shot I took last week outside the Wellesley College Club. If snowdrops can push through last year’s fallen leaves and, presumably, keep blooming even underneath the recent deposit of heavy snow, then we too must all have faith.