Defying the groundhog, spring to arrive early in Providence


Despite the thickening permafrost blanketing the region, the Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show will bloom as scheduled February 20-23.

The Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs is presenting its 21st annual Standard Flower Show as part of “Vintage Gardens,” at the Rhode Island Convention Center. This year the flower show, themed “It’s All about Time,” is chaired by Barrington resident Sue Redden. RIFGC President, Sandi Tinyk is the Horticulture Chair, and several other East Bay residents representing the Barrington, Hameho, Sogkonate, Bristol, Bayberry, and Tiverton Garden Clubs serve as committee members.

This year’s show promises to be exceptional. Antique automobiles, including a 1930 Model A, will be featured in the gardens. The flower show includes twelve classes of designs, three classes of Artistic Crafts and several sections of Horticulture.

The Horticulture Division is open to any gardener. Exhibits for this Division may be brought to the Convention Center between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18. There are classes for evergreens, foliage, flowering, dwarf container-grown plants, forced and flowering branches, cacti, succulents, and bulbs.

Another popular exhibit is the Youth Artistic Crafts Section, and this year 86 children aged 3-18 have decorated clock faces with plant material and other embellishments, with 64 of these entries are sponsored by East Bay Garden Clubs. “It’s All About Time” will be judged by Accredited National Garden Club judges from the New England states and Ohio.

Each year, the Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show draws some 30,000 people, the largest attendance of any event at the Convention Center. It is truly a breath of fresh air, with the promise of the spring to come in the not too distant future.

WHERE: Rhode Island Convention Center, Sabin St., Providence

WHEN: Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 20-23; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (6 p.m. Sunday)

COST: $17 adults, $7 children, under 6 free



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