Garden Show

The Boston Flower Show used to be a prestigious event that filled a cavernous convention hall. Things changed, the organizers had financial difficulties, and it disappeared for awhile. Last week the The Flower Show returned to Boston, and although it was in a smaller space, with far fewer exhibitors, it was still worth the drive into the city.

It’s a place to take note of plants that I’m not familiar with – which is a good many of them! I’m not much of a plantsman, (don’t ask me to name what I’ve planted a year after they’re in the ground) but I do have a good eye for texture and color. I think that this shiny fern would fit nicely into my shade garden.

The garden show is always a source of inspiration for my patio. Just look at these garden poufs. I think I need to learn how to knit with very big needles!

I enjoyed browsing through the vendors’ stalls. I bought some seeds and gardening gloves. I did not buy these pricey soaps, but I did stop to admire the packaging.

The Boston Flower Show used to be a highlight of the social season, and the “ladies who lunch” would dress up and spend a day strolling the aisles. There was still fashion to be seen, but this time the hats needed watering.

There were a few grand garden displays, but this twee exhibit was my favorite. There’s even a chick tractor. Charming, isn’t it?

It’s a miniature!

The Flower Show is always held in March. I’ve driven home from the show in sleet, and in snow, and bundled up in a winter coat. This year I drove home with the windows down, went right out to the garden and planted the braising mix seed pack that I bought at the show. Gardening season is officially here. Early.


  1. Awesome pics! Thanks for “taking us there.” I was given those egg soaps for Christmas, they were lovely.

  2. Amen! Glad to be back in the garden. I thought I was pushing it, but it seems like this weather may stick around. Planting and raking and fixing abound!

    • Yes to the fixing! This warm weather will allow for an extended clean-up before the main planting season commences.

  3. I’m still afraid to plant anything even though it’s been 80+ degrees here for three weeks now.

    What’s stuffed in those poufs?

  4. I keep telling you to forget knitting – we could have a pouf/ pouffe (or ‘poofy’ as they were always pronounced in my childhood) crocheted in a couple of evenings. Big hook, big wool, bean bag stuffing. They’d look great done as cacti in green with soft red spikes down the ridges…

  5. Knitter here too. Want to know where to purchase or find a pattern for them. Just adorable. And yes I checked out the giganto-blanket. Awesome!

  6. This looked like a lot of fun! I definitely think the shiny fern would be a great addition to any garden. Thanks for the pictures, they really show the fun of the event! Oh, and I really like the egg-esque soaps!

  7. OK, you knitters and crocheters – I’ve no idea how to make those, but you, obviously, do. I need a fiber weekend retreat here, and we’d only make outlandish things!

  8. Thanks for publishing photographs of our Miniature School Garden. We are pleased that you enjoyed it so much. The Miniature Gardens in the Boston Flower Show are just like real gardens with actual plants on a much smaller scale — one inch is equal to one foot. The whole garden is in a box 3 foot wide by two foot deep. Our Miniature School Garden was modelled after a real school garden at the Jackson Street School in Northampton. Yes, they really do have chickens in their garden. It was our goal to celebrate all the terrific teachers across the state who are using garden-based education to enrich their students lives.

    • Debi, I’m so glad you found my post! I wish I had taken better photos of your charming garden. It sounds like the Jackson Street School is one that I should do a “Tillie Lays an Egg” storytime at. Do let the teachers there know that I travel – with hen!