This year's theme is “spring pools.” The central bench of the greenhouse will feature three still-water features surrounded by cut branches budding with early flowers and a selection of tulips, daffodils, narcissus, hydrangeas and more.
“We work all year on developing this show, from coming up with the theme, to ordering and potting up thousands of bulbs, to timing it just right so that everything is blooming for the show,” said Thomas Clark, director and curator of the Botanic Garden. “It's a huge team effort involving all Botanic Garden staff, our student workers as well as some help from Facilities Management.”
The flower show takes part in one wing of the greenhouse, but Clark hopes visitors will be enticed to explore the entire botanic garden, including the outdoor gardens, to take in the sights — and smells — of the coming spring.
“It’s such a welcome sight after the long winter,” he said. “I enjoy being able to bring people this joy every year.”