The theme of the 2009 RI Spring Flower & Garden Show is Gardens of the World, and designers have prepared a trip that doesn't require security checks in airports to see and at a much lower expense than a plane ride! There is an English garden and a South American garden, for instance, that I especially enjoyed, but for me, I'm with Dorothy ~ "There's no place like home" ~ I love the RI Wild Plant Society's amazing recreation of our own wild "garden," namely the woodlands of beautiful Rhode Island.
The day before the show, I went to the Convention Center to check it out. Here is the lowdown, so you will be oriented before you go:
Besides the gardens themselves in the Exhibition Hall, there are many other reasons to go to the RI Spring Flower & Garden Show, not least of which are the outstanding speakers and demos. FYI, these events are on the 5th Floor along with children's activities. I've made a special calendar for the Flower Show on What Grows On in RI, which may help you plan your trip.
CHILDREN''S ACTIVITIES are on opposite ends of the 5th Floor. The Magic and Story Times for kids are in the Rotunda, and the Wall Mural for kids is supposed to be on the opposite end of 5th floor near where 93.3 Coast FM will be.
BE SURE TO GO TO THE 5th FLOOR! Nonprofit tables with loads of gardening brochures and advice, are up there. You'll find RI DEM, URI Master Gardeners (who will answer your gardening questions), Toxics Information Project, RI Wild Plant Society, RI Rose Society, Biomes, and New England Carnivorous Plant Society in the middle of the 5th floor, near the fabulous gardening book store (run by the Other Tiger Bookstore of Westerly) and the Food Court. As you face the Food Court, the lectures will be in the hall to your LEFT, and the demos in the hall to your RIGHT.
P.S. In the lower left corner of the English Garden photo in this post, I tried to get some of the moss that the designers put between the paving stones. It looks like the moss has been there for ever! But it will be all gone by Monday morning, so make some time to THINK SPRING and see the show!