Friday Five: Thinking Spring

If this week’s weather didn’t have you thinking spring, you must have stayed inside. Here are some ways to think spring, now and in the coming months.

1. Connecticut Flower & Garden Show 2018
February 22-25,  Connecticut Convention Center

February is spring, at the Connecticut Convention Center, anyway!  Explore over 300 booths overflowing with fresh flowers, plants, herbs, bulbs, seeds, gardening books, garden equipment & much more. View beautifully landscaped gardens, visit the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut design & horticulture competition, and attend over 80 hours of seminars and demonstrations.

2. 75°, An Urban Greenhouse Party
Friday, February 23, 7 pm, Knox Greenhouse

Hartford’s one-and-only party in a greenhouse is tonight! It’s the one place you can wear shorts and flip-flops in February and be reminded that YES, SPRING WILL COME. 75°, An Urban Greenhouse Party supports Hartford’s environmental organization responsible for tree plantings, community gardens, urban farming. If you can’t make the party, don’t miss the Hartford Green Team event for volunteers on March 24.

3. 2018 College Men’s Squash National Team Championships
February 23-25, Trinity College
Squash begins as a flower so this fits. Plus, Hartford is home to the number one college squash team in the country. This weekend is the 2018 College Men’s National Team Championship, so go cheer on the home team.

4. Fine Art & Flowers
April 27-29, Wadsworth Atheneum
Celebrate spring at the Wadsworth Atheneum’s 37th Annual Fine Art & Flowers! Florists, garden clubs, and interior designers from across New England create floral arrangements and garden designs inspired by masterworks from the permanent collection to display during this museum fundraiser. More than 40 exceptional floral designs are expected this year, and will be showcased throughout the museum galleries beside the artworks that inspired them.

5. Don’t wait for Fine Art & Flowers, just go to the Wadsworth now. This is just one of their flowery, springy objects on view.

Thomas Dewing
American, 1851-1938
The Days, 1884-1886
Oil on canvas
Gift of the estates of Louise Cheney and Anne W. Cheney, 1944.328

Last, but not least, the cherry blossoms will return to Bushnell Park, and we can’t wait to see them.