Connecticut Horticultural Society

Connecticut Horticultural Society

Flower Show

Flower Show Happenings

Come in from the cold –VOLUNTEER and visit a Backyard Paradise at the CT Flower and Garden Show!

February 20-23, 2014   CT Convention Center, Hartford CT
As winter continues to fight its way thru New England giving us some 5o degree days followed by single digit cold, the CT Convention Center will be blooming & bustling:   over 300 vendor booths, more than a dozen landscape displays , a Federation of Garden Clubs juried show  and most important for us CHS types:  48 seminars to learn –more, better and different garden techniques. 

Come Volunteer with us and get into the show for free! 
We will continue our role as CHS Ambassadors  for the show’s seminars.   By introducing yourself as a CHS member , introducing the speaker and facilitating  the speakers presentation , you give CHS the opportunity to meet people who are likely to become CHS members.   A membership table outside the rooms will help us enroll members  as they enter and leave the seminar rooms.

This link shows you where we still need volunteers: ( yellow highlights are open slots)
Volunteer: Ambassador 
Volunteers: Membership table
To request a requested  volunteer time slot , email your full name, tel.# to :
We will confirm your time and give you instructions for the day.
*Save 30+%  on Tickets:    $ 11 for members  (compare to $16 door admission)
We are offering, as a CHS member benefit, discount tickets to the show.  Tickets can be purchased at any of our events before Tues.  February 18th.  OR   Visit the Rocky Hill office11-4pm Tues. or Thurs. now thru the 18. OR send a stamped self addressed envelope to the office:   CHS 2433 Main St. Rocky Hill CT 06067



2013 FLOWER SHOW : Results

 “Breaking Up” Wins Five Awards 

After more than 1,100 greenhouse-growing hours, 28 hours of planting 150 varieties of plants and bulbs, 14 hours of building and nine hours of painting, we got the message across: Break up with your Lawn!  The message was so clear that the CHS exhibit won five show awards: Most Educational, Most Environmentally Sensitive, Best Urban Garden, Most Creative Design, and WFSB Favorite Landscape.

In frugal CHS gardener fashion, we made 95 percent of the display from recycled materials from previous exhibits of ours. We used bulb crates to build the display to a height of 4 feet so as not to waste wood-chip base material. We borrowed fencing and props. We enlisted the artistic talents of Leslie Shields for key visual elements of the rock cat, the spirals and the echeveria sun face. Bravo and thanks, Les. These efforts helped us come in at 25 percent below our budget.

On behalf of the board and members, I would like to thank all of our volunteers—
more than 80 members and friends—who trucked, toted, planted, painted, planned, hoisted, hosted, watered, and made our educational message clear. (Find a list of volunteers and photos at The display gave us the opportunity to tell 30,000 show visitors about CHS and enroll 28 new members.
                                                            —Nancy Brennick, flower show committee chairman

Connecticut Flower & Garden Show awards

2012 Connecticut Flower and Garden Show
Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Feb. 23-26, 2012
Theme: Traditions of Nature

The CHS landscape display, "After the Storm," received two awards:

-- from the American Horticultural Society for "demonstrating and promoting sound horticultural practices," and

-- from the show's host, North East Expos Inc., for the "Best Naturalistic Garden."  Read more. >