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CT Flower Show features stairway to heaven –
A few days ago I drove to Hartford, Connecticut for the 38th Annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show.
It was the best in years.
Outstanding exhibits made the trip worth while.
Aqua Scapes included a nine-foot stairway waterfall that seemed to drift from the clouds. The title of the exhibit “Stairway to Heaven” said it all.
It was truly a heavenly site with its many spring trees, shrubs, bulbs, and perennials.
Large stones filled much of the space.
In the distance you could see a madonna statue, centered under a Japanese maple and surrounded by a bed of tulips.
A large cage next to the water fall housed a white dove.
It was no surprise that this exhibit by Aqua Scapes won the Best of Show Award.
Cafe des Fleur
Another fine exhibit also deserves mention. The Naugatuck Valley Community College presented a landscape design that transported you to downtown Paris in the spring.
A coffee shop called Cafe des Fleur stood to one side.
The exhibit included many spring flowers like hyacinths, crocus, tulips, and daffodils. Some were in containers while others appeared in beds that bordered the sidewalk. [below]
Ten Horticulture students designed this exhibit. They grew the plants in the College’s greenhouse.
An apartment building stood next door to the coffee shop. The building’s entrance included several plants as well.
This beautiful exhibit was a simple statement of how flowers can enliven a sidewalk scene.
My drive was well worth the time it took to reach Hartford.