Connecticut Flower Show

Follow the winding path in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Follow the winding path (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

I was so fortunate to recently attend the 33rd annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, a delightful assembly of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers spread over a 3 acre canvas.  This year, the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut featured a design and horticulture competition based on a “Backyard Paradise” theme.  The result was a collaboration of mini landscapes offering water features, varieties of lounging areas and patios, seating alternatives from moss covered chairs to hanging mattresses, with thoughtful attention given to exuberantly flowering plants such as lilacs and viburnums, and unusual ornamentation in the form of fish and mushrooms.  

Gorgeous hellebore in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Gorgeous hellebore (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Considered one of the premier garden shows on the east coast, the Hartford Convention Center was once again transformed into a breathtaking panorama sure to thrill any floral or garden enthusiast. There were over 300 booths filled with bright flowers, lush plants, aromatic herbs, bulbs, seeds, gardening literature, indoor and outdoor artwork, yard equipment, enclosures, lighting, and more.  In addition to the vendors, over 80 hours of seminars and demonstrations were offered, including pruning, floral arranging, bee keeping, lighting, water gardens and container gardening.  And though I enjoyed viewing the landscape displays and strolling amongst the plant lined isles, my favorite part of the show this year were the floral arrangements.

Fothergilla flowers sparkle in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Fothergilla flowers sparkle (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

I flitted about the kaleidoscope of exhibits like a butterfly in search of its first drink, visually absorbing their essence and nourishing my plant starved psyche.  Indeed, those creatively bundled blossoms of confectionery enchantment were nectar to my soul.  There were tropical arrangements comprised of the brightest tangerine petals you’ve ever seen.  There were sweetly fragrant rose clusters paired with contrasting blooms in shades you wouldn’t dream of combining, with mesmerizing results.  There were blossoms in driftwood, flowers held in a variety of vessels, underwater blooms, tall flower spikes, staggered heights and low weeping forms.  There were prickly blooms, delicate blossoms and pairings of complex foliage.  There were curious shapes; brightly hued glossy petals next to brown, fuzzy formations called a lobster claw.  I could go on, but instead I will let the pictures do the talking . . .

The ultimate flower girl in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

The ultimate flower girl (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

I think Fred Flintstone said it best:Yabba Dabba Doo!”

A prismatic combination in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

A prismatic combination (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

A vibrant pairing in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

A vibrant pairing (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Charming arrangement with bird in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Charming arrangement with bird (photo by: Kathy Diemer)


Fuzzy lobster claw (Heliconia) in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Fuzzy lobster claw (Heliconia) (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Fish among foliage in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Fish among foliage (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Innovative insect creation in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Innovative insect creation (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Embellished driftwood in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Embellished driftwood (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Elegant roses in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Elegant roses (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Tropical pizzazz in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Tropical pizzazz (photo by: Kathy Diemer)


  1. WOW! Talk about some beautiful arrangements- makes me excited for Spring!

  2. Katherine Wahlers says:

    What an imaginative and inspiring review! In the dark of winter on our mountain, you bring color and beauty and even a dream of fragrance to mind. Makes one hope to brave the long snowy roads to attend next year! Well done!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Katherine! I’m so glad the images gave you a temporary reprieve from this long, cold winter. Actually, you may have an opportunity to see the Hudson Valley Community College’s Flower Show in Troy, NY, which runs March 21-23 ( In addition, Albany is having a Tulip festival May 10-11, and there’s a Lilac Festival in Rochester, NY, May 9-18. Mark your calendar!

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