32nd "Connecticut Flower & Garden Show" Coming February 21-24, 2013 in Hartford

HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "32nd annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show" – one of the largest and most prestigious flower shows in New England -- is set for Thursday, February 21 through Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Connecticut Convention Center on 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford. Hours: Thursday, February 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, February 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Highlights :

- The colorful, fragrant show covers almost three acres with the theme, "Love in Bloom".

- More than 20 gardens fill over an acre, created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations, including naturalistic, low maintenance and organic gardens.

- Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut's Advanced Standard Flower Show: 12,000+ square foot design and horticulture competition and more than 250 judged entries, all with a wedding theme!

- More than 80 hours of seminars by horticulturists and experts including:

  • Roger Swain, "The Man in the Red Suspenders", former host of PBS' The Victory Garden and HGTV's People, Places & Plants: For the Love of Fruit: A Beginners Guide to Great Taste
  • Gordon Hayward: Art & the Gardener and Your House Your Garden;
  • Margot Shaw, editor of "Flower Magazine": Decorating with Flowers;
  • Karen Bussolini: Edible Ornamental Gardens and Naturescaping Your Garden;
  • Jerry Fritz: Deer Resistant Perennials;
  • Bob Beuttner: Floral Arranging;
  • Julie Lapham: Floral Design;
  • Helen O'Donnell: Spring Garden Maintenance and Annuals in a New Way, Starting from Seed;
  • Ellen Ecker Ogden: Kitchen Garden Design;
  • Janet Lennox Moyer: Landscape Lighting with LED;
  • Len Giddix: 3 Rules to Successful Gardening & Why They Work;
  • Coleen Plimpton: Gardening with the Birds and All Season Color in the Garden;
  • Nick Mancini: How to Grow True Organic Seeds;
  • Lisa Napolitano: The Birds & the Bees...and the Flower & the Trees; and

- Hundreds of displays and activities, aisles of fresh flowers, plants, garden ornaments, herbs, bulbs, seeds, fertilizers, soils, gardening books, patio furniture, ornaments and lawn equipment for purchase. Bring 1/2 cup of soil to the UConn Co-op booth for free soil testing.

- Admission: $16 Adults; $14 Seniors on Thursday/Friday only; $4 Children 5-12; Free under age 5 – Cash Only. Group rates for 15 or more people: contact (860) 844-8461 or Kristie@northeastexpos.com. (Advance tickets $2 off, purchase now through February 20, 2013 only at the following Connecticut locations: The Garden Barn in Vernon; Garden Specialties in Mystic; Lawncare, Etc... in North Haven; Hunter's Pool Center in Yalesville; Moscarillo's Garden Shoppe in West Hartford; Natureworks in Northford; Revay's Garden Center in Broad Brook; Stonehedge Garden Center in Newington; and Woodland Gardens in Manchester.

To join the email list and get more information, seminars, driving directions, contact www.ctflowershow.com or (860) 844-8461.

CONTACT: MEDIA CONTACT: Laura Soll (860) 688-4499 Lsoll@aol.comSource: Connecticut Flower & Garden Show