With a week of wintry weather ahead, we can all use a reminder that spring will come and that we can grow beautiful flowers in our own homes to relieve the barren winter. There are lectures to help us plan for warmer weather, flower shows to give us a taste of spring, and orchid shows with exotic and tropical displays. Below is a list of a few shows that are good for a day trip from Groton or suitable for a get-away of a few days. All of the flower and orchid shows have displays, vendors selling plants and plant-inspired items, and educational lectures. Check the linked websites for more information about each of the shows.
January 26-27 Cape & Islands Orchid Society Show
The Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis, 35 Scudder Ave., Hyannis, MA
Theme: Victorian Beauty
February 8-10 New Hampshire Orchid Society Show
Courtyard Marriott, 2200 Southwood Dr., Nashua, NH
Theme: February Follies
February 10 2:00 p.m. Attracting Pollinators: What Plants Where
You won’t need to travel far for this one. The lecture is presented by the Groton Commissioners of Trust Funds and co-sponsored by the Groton Garden Club and the Nashua River Watershed Association. Our annual lecture has been moved to a new, and larger venue, at the Groton Country Club, 94 Lovers Lane, Groton, MA.
For more information about this lecture, check the Lecture: Attracting Pollinators page under our Events section.
February 23-24 Amherst Orchid Society Show
Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust St., Northampton, MA
March 2-10 Philadelphia Flower Show
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA
March 13-17 Boston Flower & Garden Show
Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA
March 16-17 Nutmeg State Orchid Society Show
Theme: Come See our Bloomers
West Hartford Conference Center, 50 S Main St, West Hartford, CT
April 5-7 Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid Society Show
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA
And, if you are intrigued by either of the shows in the Philadelphia area, and can’t get there until later in the spring, then you might want to visit the Barnes Foundation. The Barnes’ art collection has moved into downtown Philadelphia, in a space that nearly replicates the Merion home in which Albert Barnes carefully displayed an extensive collection of art. From May to September the grounds of the estate in Merion are open as an Arboretum. It might be worth a call to discover whether the greenhouse is open to visitors during the winter, as it was when the art collection was housed in Merion. The greenhouse contains a variety of exotic and interesting plants from the Calla (pictured below) to orchids, camellias, and others.
We hope you are inspired by this list and are able to visit one or more of these events. It can be delightful to enjoy the smells of earth and flowers on a winter’s day.