During the dreary winter months, gardeners need garden-related indoor activities to beat the winter blahs. When we tire of looking at garden catalogs, the next best thing is to begin planning those garden tours.
First, let’s look at some of the upcoming garden and flower shows. From May 27-30th, the Cleveland Botanical Garden Flower Show returns. This is the largest outdoor flower show in North America. For their 75th anniversary, they have chosen the theme “The Garden as Art.”
The world renowned Chelsea Flower Show is from May 24-28. Taking place near the River Thames on the grounds of the Royal Hospital, it has world-class floral displays as well as educational and scientific exhibits. Avoid ticket scalpers by using the authorized source listed on the website to avoid paying unfair prices.
Those in colder climates are sure to appreciate the various garden shows in the works. On February 5-13, there is the Cleveland Home & Garden Show. This will take place at the International Exposition Center, also referred to as the I-X Center. Enjoy an early spring by attending the Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show-Gardens of New England at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. This is scheduled for February 17-20.
A number of flower shows are scheduled in the South. On February 24-27, the sixteenth annual Maymont Flower and Garden Show will take place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. It will feature incredible movie-inspired gardens. In Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center, there’s the Southeastern Flower Show from March 1-5.
When you get a really bad case of the winter blahs, the perfect solution is arm chair travel with a couple of great garden books. Let’s start with “The Most Beautiful Gardens in the World” by photographer Alain Le Toquin with text by Jacques Bosser from Harry N. Abrams. In this evocative book, you’ll enjoy thirty-two unique and diverse private and public gardens on the five continents. These offer rare glimpses of different garden styles and periods. Bosser provides a profile of each garden with details on its history, use, and design. In the introduction, Michel Baridon, a renowned garden expert, contributed a thoroughly engrossing history of gardening.
Kyoto, Japan is noted for its exquisite gardens. Enjoy your own private tour without ever leaving home. “The Hidden Gardens of Kyoto” with illustrations by award-winning photographer Katsuhiko Mizuno and text by Masaaki Ono make that possible. This magnificent collection showcases over fifty public and private gardens that are off the beaten track. This was published by Kodansha International. It presents rare glimpses of these gardens from multiple perspectives along with garden plans and descriptions of the selected gardens.