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The 34th Annual Capital District Garden & Flower Show

Editor's Note (1/18/2021): The event organizers have announced they will be canceling the 2021 Capital District Garden & Flower Show and focusing their efforts on 2022.

Need inspiration for your garden this spring? The 2021 Capital District Garden & Flower Show will be held Friday, March 26 to Sunday, March 28 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 34th 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 26, 10am to 8pm
  • Saturday, March 27, 9am to 7pm
  • Sunday, March 28, 10am to 5pm

2020 Ticket Pricing (2021 Coming Soon)

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 and a three-day pass for $33. 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.

2020 Show Highlights (2021 Coming Soon)

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 winery, cidery, and distillery tastings
  • Plant society and educational booths
  • Lectures, workshops, and live cooking and flower demonstrations
  • Tips and trends
  • Garden Cafe
  • The Floral Design Competition

2020 Floral Design Competition (2021 Coming Soon)

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 70 exhibits!

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

2020 Classes:

1) Steampunk'd

2) GPS

3) Head in the Clouds

4) Small Wonders

5) My Favorite Thing

6) Arm Art

7) Navigate the Universe

8) Rock 'n' Roll

9) Message in a Bottle

10) Gilded

11) Up, Up and Away

12) A Work in Progress

13) Mille Fleur

2020 Acclaimed Speakers & Presentations (2021 Coming Soon)

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:

  • Suzanne Balet-Haight
  • Fred Breglia
  • Peter Bowden
  • David Chinery
  • Alan Decker
  • Jodie Fitz
  • Donnie Graham
  • Chris Grigas
  • Amy Howansky
  • Jana Milbocker
  • Rich Morris
  • Denise Maurer
  • Michele Peters
  • Liz Pizzo
  • Barbara Plantholt Melera
  • And More!

Check out the full schedule here >>

2020 Featured Landscape Exhibitors (2021 Coming Soon)

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:

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

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