Design New England

It’s Spring at the Boston Flower & Garden Show

A garden hut with green roof is behind a wide circular fountain by Miskovsky Landscaping Inc. of Falmouth, Massachusetts.

By Courtney Goodrich

Walking into Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center for a glimpse of the Boston Flower & Garden Show, we paused a minute and took a deep breath. And there it was: the sweet smell of spring in the earthy aroma of mulch and dirt. Exhibitors were making their final preparations for the show, which, with the theme of “Season of Enchantment,” opens March 11 and runs through March 15. Bright yellow tulips were being planted, green-and-purple hyacinths were getting watered, and landscape professionals from around the region were milling about, inspecting the scene, setting up their booths, and settling in for their five-day stay in a place where the weather is always clement.


More than 20 companies built imaginative displays none more charming or environmentally of-the-moment than that designed by Miskovsky Landscaping Inc. of Falmouth, Massachusetts. With a shallow circular fountain in front, the focal point is a rustic garden hut, which, on the inside, is decorated with furniture and art, while on the outside, it supports a flourishing green roof and wide window box.

Miskovsky Landscaping’s garden hut has as dreamy an interior as an exterior.

Mammoth stone pillars are most impressive at Magma Design Group’s display. The Rehoboth, Massachusetts, landscape architecture and construction firm was recognized in Design New England’s March/April 2015 issue for its birdhouses. We are happy to see them — Chakai (center of photo), made of slate, copper, and recycled wood, and The Slater (right), made of corrugated metal and iron — worked into its garden design.

Stone pillars are surrounded by plants, flowers, and birdhouses made with recycled materials at Magma Design Group’s display.

Speaking of birdhouses, the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association had some interesting varieties posted on tree trunks with succulents growing on top.


A succulent-roofed birdhouse is by the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association.

Trace the mist in the air and Heimlich’s Nurseries of Woburn, Massachusetts, is at its source. With a black backdrop with an enormous full moon, woodland plants, a campfire, and the effects of a fog machine, the setting surely evokes enchantment and magic.


The misty “moon”-lit setting created by Heimlich’s Nurseries.

The Bonsai Study Group of Natick, Massachusetts, provides simply beautiful displays of the Japanese art form. Plants used include azalea, bamboo, geranium, cypress, and Scots pine.

Bonsai designs are from left: Japanese Flowering Quince, Hinoki Cypress, and Azalea.

Another educational group present is Cass School of Floral Design of Watertown Massachusetts, which offers professional training, lectures, and workshops. In its display are many artful arrangements, including an unconventional composition of flower snippets in small bud bases secured to twigs and an iron frame.

Cass School of Floral Design’s artful composition of flowers, twigs, and bud vases.

Plants and flowers will be on sale when the show opens, but we believe the faux blossoms made by Jai Kelley of Newton, Massachusetts, to be especially intriguing. Kelley makes them with cornstarch and glue. They look so real and intricate … and some are so tiny!

The display of Cornstarch Flowers by Jai.

Nine aisles are filled with anything and everything related to gardening, and the list of scheduled lectures and demonstrations reveals an informative and wide-ranging program. Betsy-Ann Golon from the University of Maine will demonstrate how to make green cleaning products from herbs. The Best Bees Company, which provides beekeeping services to residences and businesses, will show the basics of beekeeping. And for a bit of literary drama, Medfield, Massachusetts, mystery writer Neal Saunders is giving a lecture titled “Gardening is Murder: A Hilarious Look at Gardening from Husband’s Point of View.”
Tickets are $20, $17 seniors, $10 ages 6-17. For more information, visit
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