Do weary bleak wintry days get you down? Why not break out of the blahs by walking through green-space displays, hearing well-known speakers and talking to Industry vendors.
During the month of January, the Industry itself usually schedules events which include sideline non-professional events. Check with local governmental Extension Agents and/or public gardens for events specific to your community. On the other hand, for the year 2014, state of Virginia residents begin their opportunities with the Virginia Home & Garden Show. This event starts on 25 January and ends on 26 January. Held at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA., this trade show event is organized by Royal Productions, Inc.
Held at the Richmond Raceway Complex from February 28th to March 2nd, the 38th annual Richmond Home & Garden Show will offer everything you need to make your home more beautiful, energy efficient, safe and comfortable. Whether you want to remodel your kitchen or bath, add or rebuild a deck, or replace that old electricity-eating heat pump you can find it all in just three days. As an alternative, the Virginia Flower and Garden Show which starts on 24 January and ends on 26 January takes place at Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA. This event is organized by the Virginia Horticultural Foundation.
During February, specific to central Virginia, the MAC Events Richmond Home Show occurs on Feb 7 – 9 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond. For northern Virginia residents, The Capital Home & Garden Show is held at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly on February 21-23. On the other hand, for those who chose to expand their travel options, a competing indoor-show opportunity is the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD which is held February 7-9.
Opportunities are also offered in the Valley of VA area. For example, the 3rd annual Shenandoah Valley Plant Symposium sponsored by Waynesboro Parks and Recreation Department provides an array of educational opportunities featuring well-known Industry experts.This Symposium held March 20th from 8:00am – 4:00pm occupies the Best Western Inn & Suites Conference Center, Waynesboro, VA
By March, home and garden events are in full swing nation-wide. The Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on March 1-9 is and remains the premier show of shows. So, if at all possible, make it a priority choice. In later spring, events shift to either a specialized theme or are held out-door. For example, The Garden Club of Virginia provides annual flower events, the daffodil, lily and rose shows. These shows encourage interest in artistic flower arranging and the horticulture knowledge of growing and caring for flowers. Virginia’s historic garden week kicks off providing access to more than 250 of Virginia’s finest gardens, homes and historic landmarks. Then, the area of Leesburg continues its Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival. Now in its 24th year held April 26-27, this festival offers award winning landscape displays, fresh cut flowers, trees and shrubs, garden sculptures, arts and crafts, fountain displays and much more.
By now, you may be weary of hearing about opportunities; nevertheless, to beat the blahs, don’t forget to visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival. While this festival is an opportunity to experience city-wide events, be sure to relax in a park-like atmosphere and celebrate the coming of spring! So, how do we resolve the blahs of a winter season? Identify and participate in events which provide opportunities to identify intriguing plant introductions, newly discovered artists and craftspeople, and cutting-edge products, techniques and designs. Experience the opportunity of home and garden festivals, shows and more - become a garden event explorer!