Vermont Flower Show March 3-4-5


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Henry Homeyer

Go Get Some Spring!

I attended the Vermont Flower Show in Essex on Friday, and was totally blown away! This year’s show is the best ever for Vermont. It is bigger, better and definitely worth a visit either Saturday or Sunday. Given the cold temperatures this weekend, this is a chance to have some spring.

The show’s theme is “Neverland” – a Peter Pan theme. There is a huge new area that is full of blooming trees and flowers. It has a waterfall, a full-sized wooden sailboat, and more – including a chain saw alligator that is 8 or 10 feet long!

Then there is the vendor room – a football field-sized room full of wonderful stuff. I go to many flower shows, and was impressed by what I found. I started down a row and stopped at the booth for Garden Time, a Rutland garden center. I found a fabulous hand spray-mister for my rosemary plant. They had plants, books and tools.

          From the wildflower seed vendor I bought some bulbs for summer flowers including sword lily (Acidanthera), a lovely fragrant fall bloomer, and a dinner plate dahlia- both at very reasonable prices. He had a selection of unusual seed potatoes to choose from, too.

Need garden gloves? The owner of Foxgloves was there with her products, brightly colored fiber garden gloves that allow you to really feel what you are planting or weeding – or even seeds you are planting. Handsome and functional. 

Seeds were there aplenty. I hate paying shipping costs if I need just a packet or two of seeds from a company, so it was nice to have at least 3 major displays of seeds.

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 I was delighted to see that there was more than just the standard fair food – hot dogs, popcorn and sodas. The Skinny Pancake was there selling savory and sweet crepes, and Mediterranean Mix had what appeared to be healthy gourmet meals for sale. While eating in the dining area I enjoyed the model trains that were racing around the tracks.

 I always love the flower exhibits at flower shows, and the Vermont Show had some nice ones. In addition to cut flower competition there was a display of Clivias in bloom there was special: not only big bodacious orange blossoms, but yellow and peach blossoms as well.

Clivias were on display

 Art was for sale, too. Amazing marquetry was on display: beautiful curly maple inlaid with cherry and other woods in the form of leaves and flowers and used to craft mirrors and tables.

Stephen Proctor's pottery

Artist Stephen Procter of Brattleboro was there with a display of fine urns and ceramic pots that could add elegance to any garden. There were outside the range of prices for what I spend at a flower show, but it is nice to remember them and dream about what I might someday add to my garden.

The show offers educational seminars, too. Some 35 over the 3-day event. And if you don’t need to learn about flowers, try tasting Vermont-made mead and wines!

 So jump in the car and head to the show.  It’s open until 6pm on Saturday and is open from 10 to 4 on Sunday. It’s just a couple of hours from the Upper Valley, and worth a trip. Take 89 one stop past the Burlington exits and follow Rte 15 east to the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. Plenty of parking. Click here to visit the website of Green Works,the sponsoring organization.

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