The New England Spring Flower Show was a New England springtime tradition for an amazing 137 years. After a year without a major flower show in Boston in 2009, Paragon Group introduced the Boston Flower & Garden Show featuring the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's traditional design and cultivation competition. In 2020, they'll team once again to provide New England garden enthusiasts with a breath of spring at the region's largest indoor spring flower show, long before the earth thaws and the annual outdoor flower festival season begins.
Taking inspiration from the world of celebrations, the theme for this year's show is "Garden Party—Celebrating Friends & Family." You'll see festive garden displays designed to inspire get-togethers with people you love, and you can attend talks focused on such topics as growing and using herbs, designing the perfect celebration, gardening in glass, and floral arranging.
This is your chance to learn new growing strategies, to see inspiring landscape displays that will give you ideas for beautifying your own home environment, to shop for plants and cool new gardening gadgets, and to dream about the outdoor season ahead.
Boston Flower & Garden Show Basics for Visitors
Here are some quick details for you if you'd like to make plans to attend this year's gardening and growing extravaganza:
Dates: March 11-15, 2020
Public Hours: Wednesday, March 11 - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Thursday, March 12 - 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday, March 13 - 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 14 - 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, March 15 - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: The Boston Flower & Garden Show takes place at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.
Parking: The Seaport Boston Parking Garage is located directly across the street from the event.
Public Transportation: The Seaport World Trade Center is a one-mile walk or taxi/Lyft/Uber ride from Boston South Station, which is served by the MBTA’s Red, Silver, and Commuter Rail Lines, plus Amtrak. It's also an arrival point for Greyhound and Peter Pan buses. The Amtrak Downeaster is offering train and hotel packages in conjunction with the 2020 Boston Flower & Garden Show.
Admission: Admission to the Boston Flower & Garden Show is $22 for adults, $19 for seniors 65 and over, $12 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for children under age 6. After 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, admission is just $16. Tickets may be purchased on site or online in advance with no service fees. Discounted group tickets are available for advance purchase in quantities of 15 or more. Email Peg Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org for group ticket sales information. Massachusetts Horticultural Society members are admitted free. A membership may be purchased online.
Tips for Your Visit
There's so much to see and do, and you'll want to allow plenty of time to stop and smell the flowers, too. These show insights will help you make the most of your time.
Preview Party: Enjoy a sneak preview of the show! A benefit Preview Party is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Seaport World Trade Center. Tickets are $125 per person ($100 for young professionals 40 and under) and may be purchased online. Proceeds benefit the Genesis Foundation for Children.
Boston Flower & Garden Show 2020 Highlights:
- The design competitions: "They're inventive and whimsical, and the designers are always incorporating things like potatoes and fly swatters into their arrangements," says Meg Muckenhoupt, author of Boston's Gardens & Green Spaces.
- Photo ops: Show attendees are encouraged to bring cameras and cell phones to capture their own images of this colorful annual spectacle. Share your best shots on the Boston Flower & Garden Show Facebook page.
- The lectures: Many educational lectures are offered during the Boston Flower & Garden Show's run. Intriguing offerings for 2020 include: Kitchen Table Microgreens (Wednesday), How to Grow Giant Hosta & What To Do with Them (When They Get Too Big!) (Thursday), Satisfying Your Plant Lust (Friday), Planting for Pollinators (Saturday) and Mini Meadows: Grow a Little Patch of Colorful Flowers Anywhere Around Your Yard (Sunday).
- Exclusive workshops: Author and award-winning garden educator Kerry Ann Mendez will present two special workshops on Saturday, available for an add-on ticket fee of $39, that will inspire Northeast gardeners to swipe design ideas from outstanding landscapers and teach them how to grow huge hydrangeas.
- Celebrity sighting: Laura LeBoutillier of YouTube fame appears Saturday and Sunday to share her tips and secrets.
Where To Stay Nearby
The Seaport Boston Hotel is located across the street from the Seaport World Trade Center and offers the most convenient access to the Flower Show, or consider these other Boston hotels that are nearby or offering discounted rates for Flower Show visitors.