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Two Great Flower Shows: A Comparison

Articles: Two Great Flower Shows: A Comparison

Floral exhibitions and garden shows have long been a traditional outlet for growers to showcase their finest plants and superb flowers, all to be scrutinized by seasoned professional horticulturists and admired by the general public. The symbolism of flowers and the emotions they elicit are universal, as is the connection to nature that we find in a garden. In some countries, particularly England, gardening is both a national pastime and a highly respected vocation. In the United States, gardening has a lower status, often associated with menial labor and non-essential, post-retirement or leisure-time endeavors. I’ve been involved with Seattle’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show for some time, but 2011 found me attending the Chelsea Flower Show in London for the first time. It was fascinating to compare the two events in light of these national distinctions.

Since 1862, when it was opened as the Great Spring Show, the Chelsea Flower Show has been the epitome of horticultural display, regularly generating tremendous interes...


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