2020 Spring Flower Show: Branching Out
Expect Mother Nature to show up wearing her most lush wardrobe for the third annual Spring Flower Show! This year's theme is Branching Out, which plays on Season of Trees: Returning to Our Roots, the Arboretum's programming focus for the year. The show runs Feb. 1 through March 1.
Woodlands, mossy mushroom logs, ferns and forests, spring bulbs and blooms galore will deliver the magic of spring under the canopy. Expect Norfolk pines, birches in abundance, branches draped with rustic baskets. Birds, bunnies, butterflies, and a babbling brook bring the beauty of the coming season to every visitor during February’s dreariness. The show was designed and executed by Landscape Gardener Jewel Engstrom, staff and volunteers.
What’s new? A mystical fairy village complete with a giant-sized artisan throne perfect for selfies. A rustic, towering structure that guests can walk through. A charming camp setting that puts the "G" in glamping – where visitors can shop the show in the Gift & Garden Shop.
The centerpiece in the Great Hall is a gorgeous glass house designed and constructed by family-owned Conservatory Craftsmen. The finishes will have a rustic feel according to Jim Hewitt, owner of the company. His family travels to the Chelsea Flower Show in London, the most famous flower show in the world, to take in the trends in gardening and horticulture. The theme of the most recent show was the natural world - exploring the idea of play and enjoying the great outdoors. "It was a perfect theme for the Arboretum," Hewitt said.
Throughout the show, crystal work by local artist Donna Rice will be placed to highlight their beauty. Rice, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, claims Mother Nature as her muse. Her work features hibiscus, camillias, calla lilies, birds, nests, ladyslippers and more.
The glass sculptures are hand-finished in her Delano studio, where she welcomes visitors to learn about kiln casting. Her work has been in myriad shows and won many awards; Rice also worked as a contracted engraver/carver for Tiffany & Co. She is teaching a class on cast glass on Feb. 29 (Cast Glass: Pâte de Verre, $99 for members and $129 for non-members). For more info visit Donna's website: djrglass.com.