Annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show
Prepare to be dazzled by this colorful display of natural beauty. Over 45,000 square feet of designed landscapes are in full bloom just for your viewing pleasure, while over 12,000 square feet make up the design competition and horticulture exhibits. All are available for you to walk through and experience. There are also more than 300 booths with plants, bulbs, book, equipment, and more for sale, as well as hours of fun seminars. At these seminars, you can learn about landscape lighting, watergardening, and how to make the prettiest floral arrangements in Hartford. Check out their website for a seminar schedule and to download a floor plan.
Date: February 23-26
Location: Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford
Contact: (860) 844-8461
Ticket Fee: $14
Meriden Daffodil Festival
600,000 yellow daffodils scattered throughout Hubbard Park is a gorgeous sight of Meriden flowers that no one should miss. This more than 30 year old festival has grown into so much more than the viewing of this gorgeous flower though. Adults and children alike can enjoy a daffodil parade, craft fair, live musical entertainment, and special events. These events include a daffodil fishing derby, carnival rides, and a spectacular fireworks display. Children will also be excited when they find out they can meet Spiderman, watch an animal show, get their faces painted, and so much more.
Date: April 30 - May 1
Location: Hubbard Park, Meriden
Contact: (203) 630-4259
Ticket Fee: Free!
The Florence Griswold Museum is home to GardenFest, the visual display of art and flower arrangements that interpret it. 2011 was the first year to introduce a new part of this show, entitled Blooms with a View. Florists in Old Lyme were challenged to use compositions of design in art that inspires them, such as colors and shapes, to make unique arrangements. The floral artwork was then displayed next to the original artwork so museum goers could draw in comparisons. Other GardenFest activities includes a plant sale, a lecture on art and nature, a storytelling program, and arts and crafts opportunities.
Date: June 3-12
Location: Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme
Contact: (860) 434-5542
Ticket Fee: $9