updated 12/20/2010 12:16:51 PM ET 2010-12-20T17:16:51

HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 20, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- One of the largest and most prestigious flower shows in New England, the '30th annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show' is set for Thursday, February 24 through Sunday, February 27, 2011 at the Connecticut Convention Center on 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford. Hours are: Thursday, February 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, February 25 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The colorful, fragrant show covers almost three acres with the theme, "Capture the Magic." Highlights include:

-- Twenty-five gardens fill 45,000 square feet, created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations, and include naturalistic, low maintenance and organic gardens.

-- Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut's 2011 Advanced Standard Flower Show features more than 12,000 square feet of design and horticulture competition and over 250 judged entries from around the state.

-- Seminars by experienced horticulturists and experts include:

  • Roger Swain ("The Man in the Red Suspenders"), former host of PBS' The Victory Garden and HGTV's People, Places & PlantsEdible Small Gardens & Raised Bed;
  • Gardening Author and Radio, TV, Web Personality Charlie Nardozzi, former host of PBS' "GardenSmart" – Vegetable Gardening for Dummies;
  • Architectural and Garden Photographer Karen Bussolini -- Jazzing Up the Garden With Color & Contrast, Landscaping with Native Plants;
  • Floriculturist Nancy DuBrule-Clemente – Native Plants, Your Backyard Ecosystem - Habitat Creation, 21st Century Technique;
  • Sal Gilbertie of Gilbertie's Herb Gardens in Westport, largest herb plant grower in the nation – A Small Plot High Yield Gardening;
  • Horticulturalist Matthew R. Opel, PhD, UConn professor and specialist in desert plants and exotics –Pelargonium Species - The Wild World of Geranium Relative;
  • Garden Writer, Educator, Lecturer and Coach Colleen Plimpton –The Bins & Outs of Composting;
  • Avid Birder Michael Corcoran – "Birdscaping"- Native Plants for Our Native Birds;
  • "Farmdener" (more than a garden, less than a farm) Lee Reich, PhD, who turned from plant and soil research with the USDA and Cornell University to writing, lecturing, and consulting;
  • Paul Buettner – Floral Arranging; and
  • Rob Dietter Jr. – Water Gardening.  

-- Floral and garden Arts & Crafts area.

-- Hundreds of displays and activities and aisles of fresh flowers, plants, garden ornaments, herbs, bulbs, seeds, fertilizers, soils, gardening books, patio furniture, ornaments and lawn equipment – most for purchase. Bring 1/2 cup of soil to the UConn Co-op booth for free soil testing.

-- $14 Adults; $12 Seniors on Thursday/Friday only; $2 Children 7-14; Free Age 6 and under – Cash Only (Advanced tickets $2 off –Jan. 1 through Feb. 17 at: Garden Barn in Vernon; Lawncare, Etc… in North Haven; Moscarillo's Garden Shoppe in West Hartford; Stonehedge Garden Center in Newington; and Woodland Gardens in Manchester).

Visit www.ctflowershow.com or call North East Expos, Inc. at (860) 844-8461.

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