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 2018, 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.
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 14-18, 2018
Public Hours: Wednesday, March 14 - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Thursday, March 15 - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday, March 16 - 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 17 - 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, March 18 - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
2018 Theme: Taking inspiration from the culinary world, the theme for this year's show is "Savor Spring!" Look at gardens through a foodie's eyes with displays and talks focused on such topics as organic growing, edible flowers, garden-inspired recipes and outdoor entertaining.
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 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.
Preview Party: Enjoy a sneak preview of the show! A benefit Preview Party is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Seaport World Trade Center. Tickets are $125 per person ($95 for young professionals 40 and under) and may be purchased online. Proceeds benefit the Genesis Foundation for Children.
Boston Flower & Garden Show 2018 Highlights: Must-sees for 2018 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: Local Farms, Local Food: All the Great Stuff You Never Knew We Could Raise in New England (Wednesday), Small Space Kitchen Gardening (Thursday), Edible Gardening (Friday), The History of Apples in New England (Saturday) and Grow What You Love: Growing a Food Garden That's Right for You (Sunday).
Hotel Packages: 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.
Questions About the Boston Flower & Garden Show? Call 781-237-5533 or toll free, 800-258-8912.