The Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show is in its 20th season, and runs this year from Feb. 21-24 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. To enter the show, patrons will pass under a 14-foot-high pergola decorated with flowers, the pergola built by Walpole Woodworkers. Inside, gardens and scenic vignettes including a waterfall, a nautical-themed garden feature a sailboat, and a walk through the history of the show through one gardener’s display of each of the show’s yearly theme posters.
Kevin O’Connor, host of TV’s long-running home-improvement show, “This Old House,” will be a featured speaker, and joins a roster of experts including author and landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy, and nationally known gardening expert and author Melinda Myers, who will appear in the show’s Bartlett Tree lecture series.
Returning this year are flower vendors, a build-your-own-bouquet station, pottery and vases, garden and lawn ornamentals including copper pieces made in Lincoln, R.I. Also returning is the Food and Wine Festival, held each day from 1-6 p.m. in the fifth-floor ballroom of the convention center. Featured will be continuous chef demonstrations in the Rhode Island Kitchen and Bath Theatre Kitchen with celebrity chefs including “Top Chef” Tiffani Faison; Sara Moulton of public television’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals;” Nemo Bolin, chef-proprietor of Cook and Brown Public House in Providence, and Johnson and Wales University chef educators Frank Terranova, Neath Pal and Ciril Hitz . Wines from all over the world will be available for sampling with tastings led by wine personalities such as Randy Arnold “The Barefoot Guy” pairing foods and wines.
Advance tickets are now on sale through February 15th at www.flowershow.com. Advance ticket prices start at $17 per person with Combo tickets for both the Flower Show and Food and Wine Festival on sale for $30. Advance tickets for the Flower Show only are available at AAA Southern New England offices