We Were Bursting Into Spring at the 2024 Flower Show

3 March 2024

The theme for this year’s Flower Show at the Hartford Convention Center was “Bursting into Spring”, which was held, as usual, the last weekend in February (Feb. 22-25). This year’s show was a huge success! Walking through Federated’s Standard Flower Show was a welcome breath of fresh air to the last weeks of winter.
We got off to a rocky start when we were told we couldn’t get onto the convention floor until noon on Monday when several of us were waiting on the loading dock between 8 and 9 o’clock. Some of the rented shrubs and flowers weren’t arriving until Wednesday. In spite of those problems, the staging was put together as much as possible, the tables were set up, deliveries were arriving, and by Tuesday afternoon there were garden club members from across the state setting up the show. Everyone was in good spirits and cheerfully worked on their projects.

Throughout the four days of the show (Thursday – Sunday), volunteers throughout the state offered their time and energy to make the show a success. The committee chairs worked tirelessly, meeting several times to create an outstanding NGC Standard Flower Show.
The creative staging of the show was designed by members of the Quiet Corner Garden Club. As you entered the area, you were greeted by colored saplings bursting upwards toward the light surrounded by shrubs, flowers, pots of forced blooms, cute signs and wooden bunnies. Beyond the entrance, you were greeted by Flora, who greeted guests in her floral dress and hat. Visitors were able to take personal photographs at the Photo-Op Board.

Walking around the show, photography based on the works of Renoir, Van Gogh and Monet were on display. There were colorful floral designs, table displays and unusual artistic crafts. The interesting horticultural displays showed off the best examples in each category and many people stopped by the informative educational exhibits.

Throughout the rest of the convention center, there was plenty to see, with beautifully landscaped gardens, vendors selling bulbs and tubers, flowers, ornamental branches, houseplants, bird houses, statuary and mobiles, metal sculptures, plant containers, and much more. Hundreds took advantage of the informative seminars and demonstrations. The celebration of the coming spring was infectious. We saw many people leaving with their hands full of purchases for their homes and gardens.

Thank you to Lynda Brown, Flower Show Chair. This was her second year and we applaud her for all her hard work and dedication. Thank you to all the Flower Show committee chairs who strived to make this all happen. And thank you to all the Federated members who entered, planned, created, judged, and helped with hospitality. We couldn’t have done it without your help!

By Linda Kaplan, FGCCT Publicity Chair