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 2017, 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.
- See Photos from the Inaugural Boston Flower & Garden Show
Here are some quick details and helpful tips for you if you'd like to attend this year's gardening and growing extravaganza:
Dates: March 22-26, 2017
Public Hours: Wednesday, March 22 - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Thursday, March 23 - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday, March 24 - 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 25 - 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, March 26 - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
2017 Theme: Taking a cue from Comic-Con, this Horti-Con's theme is "Superheroes of the Garden."
Location: The Boston Flower & Garden Show takes place at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.
Admission: Admission to the Boston Flower & Garden Show is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors 65 and over, $10 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for children under age 6. After 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, admission is just $15. Tickets may be purchased on site or online in advance. Discounted group tickets are available for advance purchase in quantities of 15 or more.
Preview Party: Enjoy a sneak preview of the show! A benefit Preview Party is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Seaport World Trade Center.
Boston Flower & Garden Show 2017 Highlights: Must-sees for 2017 include:
- 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 video cameras 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 this year include: Growing and Using Edible Flowers (Wednesday), Look Down at the Stars! Superhero Groundcovers (Thursday), Growing Food in Urban Settings (Saturday) and Growing Legal Cannabis in Your Indoor Garden (Sunday)--a timely topics, since recreational marijuana use was legalized in Massachusetts as of December 2016.
Hotel Packages: The Amtrak Downeaster is offering train and hotel packages in conjunction with the Boston Flower & Garden Show.
The Seaport Boston Hotel (check rates) is located across the street from the Seaport World Trade Center and offers the most convenient access to the Flower Show.
Questions About the Boston Flower & Garden Show? Call 781-237-5533 or toll free, 800-258-8912.