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The 31st Annual Capital District Garden & Flower Show

Need inspiration for your garden this spring? The 2018 Capital District Garden & Flower Show will be held Friday, March 23rd to Sunday, March 25th 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 31st 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.

Show Highlights

a beautiful garden display with a gate

  • Over 16,000 square feet of fully blooming gardens
  • A garden marketplace featuring over 160 outdoor living, farm-to-table and garden-themed retail exhibits, tools, books, patio furniture, and many unique garden and craft items
  • More perennial, flower, succulent, plant, seed, and bulb vendors this year
  • Wonders of spring-themed sand sculpture by artist Phil Singer, which will be created in real time at the arena throughout the weekend
  • Wine tastings from 10 New York State wineries
  • A children's playland, presented by Backyard Sheds and Gazebos
  • Soil testing by Cornell Cooperative Extension for a minimum donation
  • Concessions from Prime Catering
  • The Floral Design Competition

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 14 categories open to professional floral designers, garden club members, amateurs, and students. You'll get to see about 100 exhibits!

First, second, and third place winners will be selected by an expert panel of judges. Ribbons are awarded for Best of Show and Most Creative. Show attendees will get to vote for their favorite floral design through 1pm on Sunday.

2018 Classes

1) Glorious Garland

A column decorated with a monochromatic floral garland.

2) Royal Couplet

A parallel arrangement using only shades of purple and lavender.

3) I Wonder

...what they'll do with 200 carnations?

4) Wonder-full World of Pandora

A vignette depicting a moment in flora Pandora.

5) She Said She Shed

A She Shed entrance with a door adornment.

6) Lyrical Wonder

A free-form floral interpreting a Stevie Wonder song.

7) A Grand Entrance

A spectacular asymmetrical floral entrance using a sleeved piped structure

8) Bo-Ho Beauty

A bohemian bridesmaid bouquet with succulents.

9) Flowers, Fruit & Foliage

A Della Robbia-style bountiful arrangement with fruit, flowers, and foliage.

10) Spring Chicks

An asymmetrical seasonal arrangement with spring branches. First-time entrants.

11) I Love the 80's

A totally awesome floral tribute to an iconic 80's fad.

12) Spring Into Action

An abstract design incorporating real springs.

13) Overflow

A bi-level design to capture the illusion of fluidity.

14) It's Just Brunch

A tablescape with spring bulbs.

Acclaimed Speakers & Presentations

two side by side images of a man in front of a tree and a man behind a floral displayTwo of the 2018 speakers, Fred Breglia and Peter Bowden

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.

Tovah Martin

Expert gardener and horticulturalist author Tovah Martin will be on hand - she is the author of The Indestructible Houseplant, The Unexpected Houseplant, and The New Terrarium; she also has a book coming out in April called The Garden in Every Sense and Season.

Martin will be presenting two different talks, "Boot Camp for Your Senses" on Sunday at 12pm and "Gardening as if the World Depends on Us" on Sunday at 2pm.

Peter Bowden

Peter Bowden is perhaps the most well-known gardener in the Capital Region. He's been writing gardening articles since the mid-1980s. Bowden will be lecturing on "Adventures in Macro and Close-up Garden Photography" on Friday at 1:30pm and on Sunday at 1:30pm.

Fred Breglia

Fred Breglia of Landis Arboretum is an internationally certified arborist. He'll be presenting "Promoting Plant Health Through Proper Pruning" on Friday at 12:30pm and "Improving Soils for Better Results in All Locations" at Saturday at 1:30pm.

More Gardening Professionals

Other speakers include Suzanne Balet-Haight of Balet Flowers and Design, educators and master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension, and more.

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:

  • BradManz Landscaping
  • Martin Dodge Designs
  • NVS Landscape Services, Colonie
  • Peak Environmental
  • Toadflax Nursery
  • Ultimate Sand Sculpture, Phil Singer
  • Weathered Wood, Troy
  • WM DesignScapes, Inc., Malta

Dates & Times of the Show

  • Friday, March 23rd, 10am to 8pm
  • Saturday, March 24th, 9am to 7pm
  • Sunday, March 25th, 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, or you can purchase a two-day pass for $20. Parking is free!

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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.

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