Sights from the 2013 Boston Flower and Garden Show

It’s a dreary day in Connecticut, a good day to revisit the sights my camera caught at the 2013 Boston Flower and Garden Show.

With spring just around the corner … yes, it’s around the corner in spite of the cold and snowy weather that continues to hang on … it’s good to peruse different design ideas. You never know what might get your design juices flowing.

A living wall of herbs.

Not exactly a low maintenance feature, but cool, nonetheless.

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Winter to spring.

I’ve seen many flower and garden show displays yet I don’t recall ever seeing one showing a winter landscape. Imaging how useful a display would be if it showed the same landscape in all four seasons.

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Fun playhouses for kids and chickens.

The kid playhouse (left) looked like so much fun … I wanted to climb into it. Lucky chickens in the coop on the right!

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Liquid fire?

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A unique waterfall.

Look to the left of the pergola where water is sheeting from the roof.

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Oriental flare.

The dragon atop the arch is most interesting.

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Zen-like simplicity.

Note the use of corrugated metal as the background.

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Metal features.

These rods mimic the structure of a dormant woody shrub.

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The displays were intriguing, but the vendors were fewer than I expected.

 

Still, I found a perfect new addition for my garden.

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Meet Sandy, a crested crane standing about three feet tall on my front porch for now. He will find a more permanent home once winter lets go of my gardens.

Sandy is a creation of Francis Metal Works, craftsmen who create these wonderful statues from Minnesota fieldstone and powder coated iron.  Check out some of their other creations … ducks, herons, ibis, and pelicans. At the show they also had spiders and turtles. All were fantastic. It was difficult to restrain from adopting a few of Sandy’s show mates.

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4 comments for “Sights from the 2013 Boston Flower and Garden Show

  1. Sue
    March 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    The chicken and play house display was similiar to one in Hartford only with more detail. I’ve only been to the Boston show once but remember it being good as far as garden shows go. Did you think it was worth the trip?

    • March 28, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Sue, This is the first time I’ve attended the Boston show in many, many years. I went this year because I was unable to attend the Hartford show. I was a bit disappointed at the number of vendors at the Boston show … I think Hartford attracts a greater number. The plant displays at the Boston show were very well done so this, and the fact that I shared the day with a dear friend, made the trip worthwhile.

  2. March 28, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Joene, Thanks for the tour of the flower show. I love that playhouse. How much fun would it be to plant around that so it disappears into the garden? But I think my favorite vignete is the zen-like one with the moss and stones.

    • March 28, 2013 at 7:55 am

      Debbie, I had the same thought about the playhouse. It would be a blast to design that into a children’s area. The zen-like design was a favorite of mine as well – so simply elegant and soothing.

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