Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get your green thumb in shape and start thinking about sprucing up your garden. While gardening magazines are all well and good, there’s nothing like a flower show to get the creative ideas blossoming and gain the expert advice needed to bring those visions to life.
To help you out, we’ve gathered a bouquet of the biggest and best shows happening across the nation.
The top 8 flower and garden shows in the U.S.
1. Northwest Flower & Garden Show
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, February 11–15
This 5-day celebration is the second-largest flower show in the country, featuring an acre of show gardens and the most extensive roster of free horticulture seminars found anywhere. You’ll find plenty of inspiring ideas for creating outdoor living spaces, growing year-round edible gardens, and incorporating sustainable materials and practices into your landscapes.
2. Minneapolis Home + Garden Show
Minneapolis Convention Center, February 25–March 1
No matter what questions you might have about making improvements to your yard or abode, you can almost certainly get them answered here. This show offers access to about 1,000 home and garden experts and celebrities sharing their innovative ideas and practical tips. You can also browse hundreds of exhibits showcasing the latest products, trends, and services in home décor and outdoor living.
3. Philadelphia Flower Show
Pennsylvania Convention Center, February 28–March 8
Our country’s first horticultural society was founded in Philadelphia in 1827, and the inaugural Philadelphia Flower Show was held soon after in 1829. Nearly 200 years later, it’s the world’s largest and longest-running indoor flower show, covering 33 acres and attracting over 265,000 people annually.
4. Dallas Blooms
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, February 28–April 12
Is it any surprise that the Southwest’s biggest floral festival is held in Texas? This vast display begins in February with over 500,000 blooming bulbs — including tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils — and wraps up in April with the flowering of 3,000 azaleas. Though this event’s more about gazing at flowers than planting them, interested visitors can check out the arboretum’s Trial Gardens, which feature tips and information for successful gardening in the unpredictable climate of north Texas.
5. Boston Flower & Garden Show
Seaport World Trade Center, March 11–15
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society held its last flower show in 2008, after 137 years of hosting its event in Boston. Fortunately, this show took over in 2010 and has continued to grow, featuring more than 2 dozen unique display gardens by the area’s top landscape professionals.
6. San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
San Mateo County Event Center, March 18–22
The third-largest show in the nation offers acre upon acre of inspiration, with more than 20 full-size showcase gardens and 5 stages offering over 80 seminars from some of America’s most renowned garden experts. With a strong commitment to green practices, this show has a policy of using only sustainable flowers.
7. Providence Hospital Foundation’s Festival of Flowers
Providence Hospital, Mobile, Alabama, March 26–29
Held beneath tents and open sky, the Festival of Flowers is the Southeast region’s largest outdoor flower show. It features full-size, landscaped gardens designed around the year’s chosen theme; seminars and demos on Southern gardening and entertaining; and a World of Flowers exhibit showcasing both domestic and international blooms. The festival helps raise funds for Providence Hospital and is held on the hospital campus.
8. Coronado Flower Show
Spreckels Park, Coronado, California, April 18–19
A spring tradition since 1922, this is the biggest tented flower show in the U.S. and fills most of a city block in the San Diego beach community of Coronado. The event includes garden displays, a variety of floral competitions, and a children’s area featuring a Zoo’s Who of whimsical animals made from fruits and vegetables. There’s also a Home Front competition, which awards exceptional home and business gardens throughout the city.
Don’t forget to spruce up your homeowners policy
Did you know that homeowners insurance covers some damage to your lawn and garden? That’s right — if your yard’s damaged by severe weather, vandalism, or another covered event, your policy will help pay to replace your trees, plants, grass, statuary, or other landscaping elements. So if you’re planning on making a lot of improvements this spring, make sure your coverage is enough to meet your needs.
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