Here’s Your First Look at the 2016 Boston Flower & Garden Show

Not pictured: the scents.
Boston Flower & Garden Show 2016

Newport Flower Show display / Photo by Madeline Bilis

Do you smell that? The region’s largest spring flower and garden show will return to the city on March 16 for an exhibition of all things green, leafy, and aromatic.

Nature’s bounty is on display indoors at the Seaport World Trade Center, where almost 20 professionally designed gardens anchor a maze of colorful petals, gardening products, and landscape supplies. Dubbed “Nurtured by Nature,” the 2016 Boston Flower & Garden Show attempts to reflect how the care put into a garden is returned to the gardener’s spirits. Workshop highlights include floral arranging, garden photography, beekeeping, with how-tos for maintaining hydrangeas, peonies, succulent gardens, and rose gardens.

Some exhibitors began setting up their displays as early as this Sunday, transporting materials like stonework and fountains, and then assembling them and arranging plantings in time for competition judging. In additional to florist competitions involving tiny gnome homes and window boxes, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is coordinating competitions in floral design, Ikebana, or Japanese floral arrangement, photography, and horticulture.

Doors open on Wednesday, March 16 at 10 a.m.

The Boston Flower & Garden Show, By the Numbers


More than 15 gardens will be on display

150 vendors will be in attendance

More than 1,000 different types of plants will be exhibited

45 lectures and demonstrations by top horticulturalists, garden writers, and landscape designers are scheduled

48 judges will oversee the show’s competitions

32 percent of visitors attend the show every year

The show brings in 65,000 attendees annually

Adult admission is $20, March 16-20, Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston, for schedules and more information visit bostonflowershow.com.

Boston Flower & Garden Show 2016

Miskovsky Landscaping & Haskell Nursery Inc. display / Photo by Madeline Bilis

Boston Flower & Garden Show 2016

Heimlich Nurseries display / Photo by Madeline Bilis

Boston Flower & Garden Show 2016

Graystone Masonry display / Photo by Madeline Bilis

Boston Flower & Garden Show 2016

Rutland Nurseries display / Photo by Madeline Bilis

Boston Flower & Garden Show 2016

Plant Something Massachusetts display / Photo by Madeline Bilis

Boston Flower & Garden Show 2016

Gnome Homes exhibit / Photo by Madeline Bilis

Boston Flower & Garden Show 2016

Mass. Hort. Society Garden / Photo by Madeline Bilis

Boston Flower & Garden Show 2016

Bonsai Study Group display / Photo by Madeline Bilis

Boston Flower & Garden Show 2016

Amateur Horticultural Competition display / Photo by Madeline Bilis

Boston Flower & Garden Show 2016

Amateur Horticultural Competition display / Photo by Madeline Bilis

Boston Flower & Garden Show 2016

Boston Outdoor Living display / Photo by Madeline Bilis


Madeline Bilis Associate Editor at Boston Magazine @madelinebilis
mbilis@bostonmagazine.com