Carol Stocker, garden writer for Design New England and The Boston Globe, is presenting a special lecture, “A Rogue’s Gallery of Invasive Weeds: How to Recognize Them and Send Them Packing,” at the Boston Flower & Garden Show Thursday March 14 at 3:30 p.m.
The threat of snow is never too far here in New England, but an early spring is guaranteed at the 2013 Boston Flower & Garden Show at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, through Sunday March 17. The show’s unofficial mascot has to be the jaunty topiary Chinese dragon festooned with white chrysanthemums perched atop a traditional round moon gate. This Asian inspired display was designed by Jim Donahue, horticulturist for the Preservation Society of Newport County and created by the Preservation Society’s staff. The display promotes the Society’s 18th annual Newport Flower Show held at the magnificent Rosecliff mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, June 21 to 23.
Paul Miskovsky of Miskovsky Landscaping in Falmouth, Massachusetts, has mounted a diverse and colorful exhibit featuring a playful bocce court and chickens in a decorative coop. Like Miskovsky, Peter Sadeck of Peter R. Sadeck Inc. in Lakeville, Massachusetts, is a perennial favorite at the show and his displays are notable for the bird life he always brings. This year his graceful garden has live cranes, geese, and parrots.
Minimalist landscapes of rock, moss, and water by Earthworks of Leverett, Massachusetts, and New England Land Artisan of Stratham, New Hampshire, add the natural calm of outdoor woodlands. There are also back-to-back daily lectures, including mine this Thursday at 3:30 p.m. representing Design New England on the topic of how to win in hand-to-hand combat against invasive plants.
The Boston Flower & Garden Show is run by the Paragon Group of Needham, Massachusetts, under the direction of Carolyn Weston. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society manages the amateur exhibits, which includes floral arrangements and botanical photography displayed in the rear rooms of the hall, plus a charming series of vignettes tracing the society’s history from 1829. Tickets are $20, $17 seniors, $10 ages 6-17.