Tired of old man winter? If you’re ready to come out of hibernation and take a peek towards summer, then you’re in luck. Flower show season has arrived with bit of spring sprouting up in major cities around the U.S. Check out our list of the biggest and best of these festive shows so you won’t miss a bloomin’ thing.
1. Philadelphia Flower Show—Philadelphia, PA (Feb. 29- Mar. 8, 2020)
The largest and oldest flower show in the nation is hosted each year by the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. The theme of this year’s show is “Riviera Holiday” and is “inspired by the world’s most exotic mediterranean gardens.” Comprised of 33 indoor acres of lush, decorative gardens, the show attracts over 250,000 visitors a year and features highly competitive contests for the best designed gardens. All the proceeds from the show go to benefit the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society which has been helping to beautify local communities since 1827.
2. Chicago Flower & Garden Show—Chicago, IL (March 18-22, 2020)
It may still be too cold to enjoy most of the Chicago lakeshore in March, but those seeking a taste of spring should venture out to Navy Pier for the annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show. This year’s theme “20/20: A Focus on Flowers” will featuregardens showcasing the role flowers and plants play in our daily lives.Inside he pavilion guests can experience twenty-one full-size, walk-through gardens, seminars, DIY workshops, and a marketplace. The variety of activities makes this event a fun outing for experienced gardeners and families alike.
3. Coronado Flower Show—San Diego, CA (April 18-19)
Had your chloro-fill of the indoors and want to enjoy your flowers outside? Then you can’t miss the Coronado Flower Show, the largest tented flower show in the U.S. Since 1922 the beachside community of Coronado just outside San Diego has hosted this fun, educational community event which takes up an entire city block. The event features exhibits of flowers from personal gardeners and nurseries; vendors of plants, art, and gardening supplies; a beer tent featuring local craft beers; and a Saturday night costume party in the park.
4. Nashville Lawn and Garden Show—Nashville, TN (Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2020)
This year the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show is being welcomed to a new home. “The region’s most beloved gardening event” will be hosted in the brand new Expo Center building at The Fairgrounds Nashville and will feature seventeen gardens include a little bit of everything from landscape architecture, to ponds, bonsai trees, herbs, orchids, and even a butterfly-filled pollinator garden. The show, hosted by the non-profit Nashville Lawn and Garden Foundation, will feature educational demonstrations, vendors and a discount plant sale after the show. All the proceeds will go to funding community horticulture grants in
Tennessee. This year’s featured beneficiary is the brand new Bracken Children’s Garden at Cheekwood and Native Turtle Sanctuary.
5. Northwest Flower and Garden Festival—Seattle, WA (Feb. 26-Mar. 1, 2020)
Seattle is catching “Spring Fever” early, as the 2020 theme of the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival. This annual event at the Washington State Convention Center features over 30 display gardens, 100 free seminars and workshops and a garden marketplace with over 350 vendors. Additionally this year’s show will feature the return of the popular competition “Container Wars” where garden experts to create the best,
practical garden container in only 60-minutes, as well as a kid’s treasure hunt, and opening night party benefiting the Arboretum Foundation.
Photo: Chicago Flower and Garden Show