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The 32nd Annual Capital District Garden & Flower Show

Need inspiration for your garden this spring? The 2019 Capital District Garden & Flower Show will be held Friday, March 22nd to Sunday, March 24th at Hudson Valley Community College.

Whether you're a professional in the industry, an amateur gardener, or you've literally never planted anything in your life, this is the showcase for you! This event is a full weekend of fun festivities for everyone. Even if you're not a diehard garden enthusiast, the show is a fantastic opportunity to escape winter and get a taste of spring.

About the Capital District Garden & Flower Show

a robust garden exhibit with flowers, chairs, etc.

The Capital District Garden & Flower Show is now in its 32nd year! The McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College is transformed into a backyard environment with shrubs, trees, flowers, ponds, waterfalls, retaining walls, sidewalks, and lawns.

Local landscape professionals have spent months planning and executing the perfect timing with this show in order to ensure thousands of flowers will be in bloom at the same time. Constructing the displays takes five long days and nights and over 4,000 hours to complete. The results are absolutely breathtaking.

In addition to the stunning garden displays, there will also be presentations, demonstrations, the Floral Design Competition, and much more to look forward to.

Dates & Times of the Show

  • Friday, March 22, 10am to 8pm
  • Saturday, March 23, 9am to 7pm
  • Sunday, March 24, 10am to 5pm

Ticket Pricing

General admission for the show is $14, kids under the age of 12 get in for free with a paid adult. You can also purchase a two-day pass for $22. Parking is free!

For a Great Cause

Part of the proceeds from the show will go towards Wildwood Programs, which supports individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities, complex learning disabilities, and autism.

2019 Show Highlights

a beautiful garden display with a gate

  • 17,000 square feet of fully blooming gardens and full scale landscape exhibits
  • Soil testing by Cornell Cooperative Extension for a minimum donation
  • Plants, bulbs, flowers, and seeds available for sale
  • NYS wineries (tastings)
  • Plant society and educational booths
  • Lectures, workshops, and live cooking and flower demonstrations
  • Tips and trends
  • Garden Cafe
  • The Floral Design Competition

2019 Floral Design Competition

an Alice in Wonderland-themed garden display

The cornerstone of the Capital District Garden & Flower Show is undoubtedly the Floral Design Competition, which will amaze, amuse, and inspire you. This year there are 13 categories open to professional floral designers, garden club members, and amateur flower arrangers. You'll get to see about 100 exhibits!

Award opportunities will include Best of Show, Most Creative, People's Choice, Gold Level, Silver, Bronze Level, and First Place.

2019 Classes:

1) A Royal Affair

A botanical fascinator with a matching hat box

2) Kinetic & Chaotic

An arrangement commemmorating Hitchcock's classic film "The Birds"

3) Think Outside The Box

A balanced design using three to five wooden boxes in a monochromatic palate

4) Fabulous Foliage

A three-sided arrangement of all foliage in an urn

5) International Arbors

Create your own freestanding arbor with one of the given themes

6) Roll Out The Barrow

A vegetative design in a wheelbarrow

7) Dynamic Duo

A super bouquet and super boutonniere

8) Broochtanical

A wearable vintage brooch made out of botanicals, seeds, pods, and dried flowers

9) Now You're Cookin

A vintage kitchen tablescape representing a decade prior to 1980

10) Juxtaposition

A framed classic work of art accompanied by a modern arrangement

11) Dream Weaver

An abstract yarn dream catcher with botanicals

12) April's Fools

A wacky design of spring flowers in an unconventional container

13) Then & Now

Two arrangements made using the same flower that reflect a current trend and a historical perspective

There will also be a "Designs in 7 Minutes Time" challenge for six designers. The competition will be held on Sunday, March 24 at 12:30pm and judged by the public.

2019 Acclaimed Speakers & Presentations

In addition to the wide array of gorgeous exhibits to check out, visitors at the show will have the opportunity to attend a variety of demonstrations, lectures, and presentations from local and regional experts, including:

  • Frank Almquist
  • Fred Breglia
  • Peter Bowden
  • Jodie Fitz
  • Donnie Graham
  • Denise Raucci-Ritz
  • Carole Henry
  • David Chinery
  • Denise Maurer
  • And More!

Check out the full schedule here >>

2019 Featured Landscape Exhibitors

a sign saying Hanging Water Gardens The Unique Indoor Garden surrounded by a lot of hanging plants

The gardens are the main attraction at the Capital District Garden & Flower Show. Here's who will be exhibiting this year:

  • Earth Artistry
  • Eddie's Aquarium Centre
  • Hartland Designs, Inc. with Lamphere Stoneworks
  • JP Foxx Landscaping with Seagroatt Riccardi
  • Toadflax Nursery
  • Ultimate Sand Sculpture, Phil Singer
  • Upstate Backyard Kitchens
  • Weathered Wood, Troy
  • WM DesignScapes, Inc., Malta

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