Get a jump on spring at the CT Flower & Garden Show

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Get a jump on spring at the CT Flower & Garden Show

If you’re itching for warmer weather — to be surrounded by colorful, fragrant flowers — the 37th annual spring preview in Hartford may help with cabin fever. The Connecticut Flower & Garden Show , running Thursday, Feb. 22, through Sunday, Feb. 25, will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Billed as one of the largest and most prestigious flower shows in all of New England, the event will feature about three acres with a 2018 theme of “Breath of Spring.” “Creative and practical ideas for house, apartment and condo dwellers alike” will be featured, according to its news release. The event is being produced by Kristie Gonsalves, president of North East Expos. According to its news release, highlights will include: More than an acre of different gardens in full bloom, created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations. Includes naturalistic, low maintenance, native, organic, herb and pollinator gardens. Featured in this area will be “Butterfly Encounter,” an interactive walk-through exhibit of live butterflies in all cycles of development. Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s 2018 Advanced Standard Flower Show features more than12,000 square feet of a design, horticulture, botanical arts and photography competition with more than 250 judged entries, all themed “Breath of Spring.” More than 300 booths of displays, activities and shopping, including artisans and handcrafted gifts, fresh flowers, plants, garden ornaments, metalwork sculptures, herbs, bulbs, seeds, fertilizers, soils, gardening books, patio furniture and lawn and garden tools and equipment. Free soil testing will be available at the University of Connecticut Co-op booth; bring a 1/2 cup of soil for testing. More than 80 hours of seminars by horticulturists, authors and other experts are included in general admission (full schedule at www.CTFlowerShow.com ) including Tovah Martin, horticulturalist, author, freelance writer, photo stylist and lecturer; and Stephanie Cohen, author of “The Perennial Diva.” Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford. Thursday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $18; $16 seniors age 62 and older on Thursday/Friday only; $5 children 5-12. Cash only. 860-844-8461.