Dreaming of Spring

 We’ve mustered through snowstorm after snowstorm, cold temperatures and now the consecutive days of a cold wind that just won’t stop. Winter in New England! We keep busy to pass the shorter days of sunlight, enjoy an abundance of  outdoor New Hampshire winter activities to stay healthy and active, embrace the long New England winter nights cooking soups and stews and an assortment of delectable meals that cook slowly over long hours, well…. because we have the time to cook and eat. But coming to the end of February, we start to wistfully look out the windows at the foothills of the White Mountains to a beautiful bright blue sky and sunny day with the ground covered in multiple feet of snow and know somewhere out there is a garden waiting to explode!

This is the time of year we start to pull out our gardening books and magazines, play with designing yet another plot in this patch or that, think about pulling and moving plants just as soon as we can and really wanting to stick our hands in some soil. The patience we develop during New England’s winter creates a pent up urgency to get out and play in the dirt and so we enthusiastically race into the riot of spring with ideas and thoughts and plans about what to accomplish in the next 7 months or so.

And to cheer us along are the most inspiring of events, the spring Garden Shows! They offer an opportunity to smell the earth, touch the grass, and purchase seeds to support our constrained aspirations of gardening. One of the largest is the Boston Flower Show.  Organized by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, http://www.masshort.org/, the theme of this year’s show is ‘A Burst of Color: Celebrating the Container Garden,’ and runs March 16 through March 20 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center.  

 A little closer to The Manor On Golden Pond is the 16th Annual Seacoast Home and Garden Show at the Whittemore Arena on the campus of University of New Hampshire on March 26 and March 27.  This spring’s Flower Show is full of inspirational ideas for the home and garden.  New Hampshire’s Flower Show is putting a special emphasis on updating and remodeling in today’s new eco-friendly world, all designed to help consumers make informed decisions about their homes and gardens.

Even earlier than the Boston show is the Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show, taking place at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence February 24 through February 27. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Gardening with Heart’ in partnership with the American Heart Association.

And to keep us occupied on another weekend, the 2011 Portland Flower Show in Maine runs from March 10 through the 13th and inspires with ‘The Enchanted Earth’ at the Portland Company Complex.

And when it’s finally almost safe to garden outside, the fairgrounds in Fryeburg, Maine are home to the Northern New England Home, Garden and Flower Show,  on May 13th through the 15th.

Visit one of these New England gardening events or any other you have the opportunity to meander through and your senses will be rewarded. It will be the boost your spirit needs to take pleasure in the last weeks of winter!

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