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If you have hardy chrysanthemums (those that survive the winter), you can encourage more blooms and fuller plants by cutting off the buds, or the top growth where buds would soon form.

For chrysanthemums as well as many other plants and shrubs, cutting off the top of a stem encourages the plant to grow two stems in its place, which will in turn create more flowers. A plant’s main goal in life is to reproduce. Sure, we find the flowers pretty, but to a plant, flowers are only a means to an end: to create seeds to reproduce.

Removing the chrysanthemums’s buds doesn’t prevent it from flowering; it encourages it to produce more buds! Just be sure to prune your chrysanthemums this week so there’s enough warm weather left for the new buds to form by fall. If your chrysanthemums already has buds, it will make it easier for you to see where to cut. You do not need to cut off each individual flower. Instead, you cut off the base from which each set of flowers forms.  Read the rest of this entry

The Chelsea Flower Show is no stranger to beautiful, extravagant examples of landscape gardening. But this year’s show really raised the bar. A landscaped garden made completely out of diamonds was unveiled.

The most expensive landscape gardening work in British horticultural history has been unveiled at the Chelsea Flower Show. Created by leading garden designer David Domoney and sponsored by a certain airline’s ‘diamond’ executive club, the garden is the most expensive ever created at Chelsea with £20 million worth of gems from an exclusive Bond Street jeweller. As a result, the garden will have more security protection on hand than at any other show garden in the world. Read the rest of this entry

Boston Flower and Garden Show in Just a Few Weeks

The countdown to spring is on!  In just a few weeks, the city of Boston will once again host a major flower show, featuring a new location and an experienced team of show producers to deliver an event like no other.  The Boston Flower & Garden Show, held March 24 – 28, 2010 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, will entrance the thousands of visitors with 30 major garden exhibits, celebrities, a garden marketplace, afternoon teas, daily gardening demonstrations, lectures, judged competitions and more.

For more than a century, New Englanders have relished in the spectacular sights and scents of a major flower show in Boston.  When the annual flower show was cancelled in 2009, Paragon Group made the decision to step in and bring a new show to life.  The staff of Paragon Group has been known for 20 years as the producer of the New England International Auto Show as well as the National Golf Expo, and is poised to take on the size and breadth of a major flower show.   To further its splendor, the new 2010 event is under the direction of Carolyn Weston, the former director of the New England Spring Flower Show for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society (MHS) for 12 consecutive years.

“The 2010 Boston Flower & Garden Show will bring a floral fantasy to Boston!” said Weston.   “For five days and nights, the Seaport World Trade Center will be transformed into a wonderland of flora and stunning exhibits.  This former rite of spring, which generations of Bostonians have long cherished, will blossom anew under the theme, A Feast for the Senses, with many of the traditions New Englanders have cherished, along with many exciting new additions.”

The 2010 Boston Flower & Garden Show will feature lush and inspiring landscaped gardens created by professional landscape designers, nurseries, historic properties and other non-profit organizations relating to the theme of A Feast for the Senses. Read the rest of this entry

Flowers from around the world will be on display in Philadelphia, orchids in the Bronx will help conjure up Cuba, and the streetscapes of Paris have been reimagined at a garden in St. Louis.

These are a few of the garden and orchid shows taking place now and through the end of March in various parts of the country. While it’s still too cold in many places to enjoy flowers outdoors, these annual events offer visitors a way to shake off “snowmageddon.” They’re also excellent resources for gardening projects, but even if you don’t have a green thumb, the sights and scents of a garden show can provide an uplifting diversion from the final gray days of winter.

Here are some details:


Philadelphia International Flower Show, Pennsylvania Convention Center, “Passport to the World,” Feb. 28-March 7. This annual event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a mix of elaborate landscaped displays, entertainment and educational events, with an enormous marketplace of more than 140 vendors. This year’s show includes showcase gardens with international themes inspired by the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, Singapore and India. Read the rest of this entry

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