The show included many rather elaborate garden displays, recreating lush tropical landscape designs that celebrated the flora of the Hawaiian islands. Tons of orchids, bromeliads, birds-of-paradise, palms, warm-weather grasses were planted among lava rocks, logs and sand. Some exhibits had towering waterfalls while others had small lagoons. A colorful departure from the Northeast winter landscape outside the convention center. But like a trip to Hawaii, I would have to leave most of these plants and designs behind when I returned to my USDA Zone 7a.
|Lava rock garden|
There were several displays showcasing vegetable gardens. One that stood out was a vertical garden of lettuce growing on the side of a shed. Wouldn't this be wonderful if this really worked? I could finally have a vegetable garden without sacrificing perennials.
|Seven varieties of lettuce growing on a 40-foot wall|
Another highlight was the "Store Window" exhibits. Very inventive designers used tropical plants to create eye-catching displays, celebrating the Hawaiian theme.
|"Eye-catching" store window display|
|A fun way to display plants indoors|
|VERY colorful spring display|
Like a big state fair, there were many contests for outstanding plants, including orchids, begonias, hanging baskets, succulents, bonsai trees, and bulbs. The number and variety of orchids was incredible. (I'm not sure I'll be satisfied with the King Kullen grocery's $29.99 Phalaenopsis any longer.)
There were quite a few displays of floral arrangements. Some left me wondering what these designers would think of my simple, garden-inspired compositions. Like Crayola drawings compared to Picasso sketches.
|Simply dramatic floral arrangement|
With a tropical show theme, I hadn't expected to buy anything from the huge marketplace of garden vendors. That turned out not to be the case. I returned to my car with bags filled with gorgeous orchids, violets, vegetable seeds, and porcelain vases. I might have bought more, but it became increasingly difficult to navigate the aisles with big bags as the crowds increased.
|Begonia candidates ready for their close-up|
A nice day trip and really close to New York City. The show runs through tomorrow, March 11th. If your looking for a Sunday activity, check it out: www.theflowershow.com.
A hui hou (Good-bye, until we meet again)!