The Flower & Patio Show: Outdoor Living Expo
Take a seat on the front porch, grab a glass of lemonade, and enjoy the show! At this annual show, you can take a stroll through some of the best exhibitors in the area, set up to show you what your garden or porch could look like with a little tlc. Then, take a break and listen to one of many lectures on topics like organic container gardening, bees and flowers, landscape design, and flower arrangements in Worcester. Before leaving, don’t forget to stop by the garden shop to purchase some fresh cut flowers and gardening accessories, and to speak with professionals to get some landscape tips and tricks. You’re sure to leave inspired to decorate (or redecorate) your own garden!
Date: March 2-4
Location: DCU Center, Worcester
Contact: (800) 533-0229
Ticket Fee: $10 per Adult
Boston Flower & Garden Show
Every year a theme takes over the Boston Flower and Garden Show to bring interest and excitement to attendees. These show themes are interpreted by exhibitors as they present their beautiful gardens and floral arrangements for Boston residents to marvel at. The theme is not always given away until right before the show is to begin, but here are some past themes that have been influenced by cultural events, show attendees, and pop culture: 1947 “Gardens for Better Living”; 1961 “Gardens of the Americas”; 1976 “Gardens of the Future”; 1986 “Gardens of Pure Fantasy, to Evoke the Child-Like Quality in All of Us”; 1997 “Secrets of the Garden”; 2008 “Rhapsody in Green”; and 2010 “Blooms!”. So if you’re in Boston, be sure to visit this amazingly successful show that was started in 1829 by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. And if you can, attend the Preview Party for an intimate look at these natural beauties!
Date: March 14-18th
Location: Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
Contact: (617) 933-4900
Ticket Fee: call above for ticket prices (parking is additional)
Nantucket Daffodil Festival Weekend
With its big bright petals and contrasting trumpet shaped center petal structure, the daffodil screams, “Look at me”. Join Nantucket as they celebrate this flower in their annual seaside adventure that has been an event for over 30 years now. Presenting goers with the opportunity to be amongst over 3 million daffodils, there is no better way to see flowers in Nantucket. Walk or bike through the show to view and participate in the annual fun-filled events. Check out the window decorating contest, daffy hat pageant, and the tailgate picnic. If you’re looking for an event where you can take a break and rest your feet, stop to watch the antique car parade, daffodil children’s parade, or the daffy dog parade.
Lastly, don’t miss the annual daffodil flower show. Sponsored by the Nantucket Garden Club and American Daffodil Society, this free event showcases entries of horticulture, flower arrangements, and even photography.
Date: April 29-May 1st
Location: Nantucket Island
Contact: (508) 228-1700
Ticket Fee: Free!
Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill
In the serene setting of Beacon Hill lies the Hidden Gardens, a man-made beauty. Opened by the Beacon Hill Garden Club (BHGC) in 1929, this attraction has been luring people in for its annual tour day for over 80 years. On this day, tourists are taken around select gardens to admire the beauty and work of the club members. In addition to touring the gardens, goers will receive complimentary tea and refreshments. They will also have the chance to meet with BHGC members to discuss the gardens and how they’re cultivated, purchase books, postcards and more. Proceeds benefit the BHGC to help them keep the gardens and flowers of Beacon Hill alive and thriving. They also use the money to help environmental, horticulture, and conservation organizations throughout Massachusetts and the nation.
Location: Beacon Hill
Contact: (617) 227-4392
Ticket Fee: $30 per person