By Carol McCracken (Post # 1,306)
It’s always good news when word gets out that the annual Portland Flower Show is approaching – perhaps even more so this year when Portland has been overwhelmed with so much snow – most of all the record breaking Blizzard of 2013 when 31.9 inches fell on Portland. A peek at spring is a breath of fresh air to savor until the real thing comes along.
All week Portland Yacht Services crews have been removing boats from the buildings in which the Flower Show will happen. Tomorrow, Saturday, vendors will begin the labor intensive job of building their exhibits – bringing in the soil and rocks that form the base of the exhibits. Each exhibit needs to be complete by Wednesday when the judging takes place.
“Timeless Gardens” is the theme for this year’s Flower Show. It gives the exhibitors flexibility to present what they want than in other years. It gives exhibitors an opportunity to be more creative which is to their advantage. This year the show will include 16 gardens created by 26 different gardners. It’s also estimated that the designers spend around 400 employee hours putting together each garden on site. That does not include the time spent growing plants and making other preparations before they get to the show at Portland Yacht Services, 58 Fore Street.
The Opening Night Award Ceremony runs from 6 – 9PM, Wednesday, March 6th. This special evening gives attendees a chance to view the gardens at their very best, see who wins the coveted awards and congratulate them. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for exhibitors to promote their businesses in a popular venue.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.poprtlandcompany.comflower and at garden centers. The “at the door cost” is $15.