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Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show Starts Today!

It might be winter, but local businesses are preparing to spring forward at this annual show.

Get ready, set, bloom! This weekend marks the opening of the 20th anniversary Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show

Several Portsmouth businesses are warming up their design skills for the show. 

Portsmouth gardeners Gairad DeCastro, Marc Domina of Domina's Agway and Portsmouth business Green Systems will exhibit this year. 

Spring Flower and Garden Show's new attractions

This year’s show, to be held Feb. 21-24, will have something new even before attendees enter the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.

To enter the garden display area, patrons will pass under a 14-foot-tall pergola decorated with flowers constructed by Walpole Woodworkers.

Inside, the gardens and vignettes beckon with a larger waterfall, a nautical-themed garden featuring an actual sailboat and a walk through the history of the Showthrough, one gardener’s display of each of the Flower Show’s 20 theme posters.

Kevin O'Connor, host of television’s pioneer home improvement series This Old House, will be a featured speaker at this year’s show. O’Connor joins a roster of garden and horticultural experts including author and landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy and nationally known gardening expert and author Melinda Myers, who will appear during the Flower Show’s Bartlett Tree Lecture Series.

A favorite of show attendees, the marketplace returns with more flower market vendors, a Build Your Own Bouquet station, pottery and vases, garden and lawn ornamentals including copper pieces made in Lincoln.

Food and Wine Festival

Again this year, the show presents its exclusive Food and Wine Festival from 1 to 6 p.m. each day of the Flower Show in the Fifth Floor Ballroom in the Convention Center.

Featured will be continuous chef demonstrations in the Rhode Island Kitchen and Bath Theatre Kitchen with celebrity chefs, including “Top Chef” Tiffani Faison; Sara Moulton of public television’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals;” Nemo Bolin, chef-proprietor of Cook and Brown Public House in Providence, and Johnson and Wales University Chef Educators Frank Terranova, Neath Pal and Ciril Hitz.  

Wines from all over the world will be available for sampling with tastings led by wine personalities such as Randy Arnold “The Barefoot Guy” pairing foods and wines.

Where and when to buy tickets

Advance tickets are now on sale through Feb. 15 at www.flowershow.com. Advance ticket prices start at $17 per person with combo tickets for both the Flower Show and Food and Wine Festival on sale for $30.

Advance tickets for the FlowerShow only are available at AAA Southern New England offices.

Show hours are Feb. 21, 22, and 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The 2013 Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show is sponsored by AAA Southern New England, Alex and Ani, Ambius, Bartlett Tree, Brickman, Cardi’s Furniture, Coast 93.3, D & D Mulch, J & J Materials Corp., NBC 10, 920 WHJJ, Providence Media, Scott Volkswagen and Walpole Woodworkers.

The Food and Wine Festival at the Flower Show is sponsored by Barefoot Wines and Bubbly, Johnson and Wales University and Whole Foods.

For more information, visit flowershow.com.

Sanne Kure-Jensen January 25, 2013 at 03:47 PM
I'm confident that Portsmouth's, and Rhode Island's, nursery growers, designers and installers will do a fabulous job on the garden displays again this year.
East side January 25, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Now that same sex marriage is encouraged this show should see huge participation.
Jane Wolk Wheeler January 27, 2013 at 04:28 PM
East Side, would you please clarify, really specifically what you are saying in your post about your beliefs on the connection between same sex marriage and turn out at a garden show? And also, what do you mean by "same sex marriage is being encouraged"? Nobody has approached me to encourage me to marry someone of the same sex. Has that happened to you?
Fulingu February 22, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Hey, are you sure you posted to the right forum?

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