There are only 53 days until spring. Right now that might seem like forever, but it goes fast. Whether or not we have an early spring remains to be seen, but no matter what Punxsutawney Phil has to say, we can still get a whiff of spring air by attending one of the area’s garden and flower shows. I’ve focused on 3 that are within easy reach for us and well worth the trip. Grab a friend or two or three and make plans to attend.
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We were spared last weekend’s storm, thank you very much. It would be nice to have some snow cover to insulate the garden, but there are worse problems to have. I’m sure we’ll have snow soon enough. Spring’s not here yet, but what is here is Garden Show Season.
It’s not as good as being able to get outside and play in the dirt, but at least we get to experience the scent of damp soil.
We have a handful of great choices in this area. First, there are the Adams Garden Shows. These are not grand affairs, but they are lovely, convenient, and free. They are a great way to get a peak at what will be on sale in a few weeks and learn the names of flowering shrubs and trees. And there’s cake.
The Capital District Flower Show is a larger affair, with multiple display gardens, classes throughout the day, and vendors selling everything from greenhouses to plants. This show takes place in Troy, at the Hudson Valley Community College. And, I’ll be giving my Gardener’s Tour of the Hudson Valley at some point, but the schedule has not been finalized yet, so stay tuned. The show itself runs March 18th through the 20th.
There are also multiple bus trips to the Philadelphia Flower Show is March 5th through the 13th. This is the largest indoor garden show in the World!!. Unfortunately they no longer offer a schedule of talks, but their vendor area. is huge and you can find all kinds of tools and other goodies there. If you’re interested, contact your local Master Gardeners and see if they’re hosting a bus. It’s a long day, but a fun one.
I love Garden Shows, although it does take some patience to make your way through the crowds. A few quick tips for fully enjoying a Garden Show:
1. Wear comfortable shoes. There aren’t a lot of places to sit.
It really is a great way to spend the day. Maybe I’ll see you there. For now, thank you for joining me today. If you’re at the Capital District Show when I’m speaking, please stop by and say hello and don’t forget to pick up one of the new freebies. We have a Garden Phenology Chart and 10 Tips to Start Controlling Weeds, as well as Secrets to a Four Season Garden and Putting the Garden to Bed, which are still available – for free.