CARNIVOROUS PLANT SHOW
Presented by the New England Carnivorous Plant Society
Saturday, September 10, 10am–5pm
Sunday, September 11, 10am–4pm Free with Admission
Plant lovers and all those who enjoy something different will be able to get up close to hundreds of carnivorous plants exhibited by the members of the New England Carnivorous Plant Society. Most people would say carnivorous plants are unique, different, or even strange, but all would agree they are interesting and intriguing. Some are native to New England, and others are from as far away as Africa, South America or Australia, but these plants all share a common bond: they are carnivorous, which means they survive by catching and consuming other living things – in most cases, insects. More than 300 of these plants will be on display where visitors can see first-hand these unusual plants, and will have a chance to purchase their own from top vendors from the area.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) Saturday, September 10 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm and 4:45pm: Venus Flytrap Live feedings
11am: The Sinister Beauty of Carnivorous Plants with Matt Kaelin
12pm: General care and how to grow Pygmy Sundew from Gamma with Lulu Hermes
2pm: Pinguicula ramosa in Unryu Creek, an endangered species endemic to Japan with Emi Kurosawa
3pm: Introduction to Carnivorous Plants with Donald Gallant
4pm: Importing plants into the United States with Timothy Estep
Sunday, September 11 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm and 4:45pm: Venus Flytrap Live feedings
11am: How to Grow Sarracenia (North American Pitcher Plants) with David Sackett
12pm: Darlingtonia californica: The California Cobra Lily in the Wild! with Natch Greyes
1pm: Carnivorous Plants of the North East and Their Ecosystems with Matt Kaelin
2pm: Beginner Carnivorous Plants and How to Keep Them Alive with Donald Gallant
3pm: How to Grow Nepenthes (Tropical Pitcher Plants) with David Sackett
THE SINISTER BEAUTY OF CARNIVOROUS PLANTS A photography exhibit with Matthew M. Kaelin On View: Friday, September 9 through Monday, October 10
This collection of contemporary fine-art photography exhibits the beauty of carnivorous plants through multiple layers of depth. All of the subjects are cultivated by the artist. The images are composed with a sense of movement and life, to exhibit the various personalities and defining traits of these plants, and to create an interaction between the viewer and the works.The exhibit provides the opportunity for education and conservation of the carnivorous plants of the world, encouraging participants to engage with and learn more about this fascinating subject.
With a life-long interest in carnivorous plants, Matthew M. Kaelin has exhibited his photography in fine art galleries, authored natural history articles and works to conserve the local populations and ecosystems of carnivorous plants of his native Long Island, NY. He has expertly cultivated a wide collection of carnivorous plants for many years, has won horticultural awards, and named two Nepenthes cultivars.
DAHLIA SHOW Presented by the New England Dahlia Society Saturday, September 17, 1–5pm Sunday, September 18, 10am–4pm Free with Admission
See hundreds of colorful blooms in every size imaginable – from silver dollar to dinner plate – at the first New England Dahlia Show. Floral designs will also be featured.
BEGONIA AND GESNERIAD SHOW
Presented by the Buxton Branch of the American Begonia Society and
the New England Gesneriad Society
Saturday, September 24, 12noon-5pm and
Sunday, September 25, 10am-4pm
10am-4pm Free with Admission
Discover splendid examples of a huge variety of Begonias and Gesneriads sporting a range of color, leaf texture, and pattern in this judged show. Enter your own plants for the exhibition. Get tips for growing these favorite houseplants, and select from a wide variety of plants for sale.
Saturday, 2pm: Magical Mini Garden Workshop for kids, Classroom C
A hands-on workshop for children, 4 years and older, to make a miniature dish garden for their favorite fairy, princess, dragon, dinosaur or other magical friend. All materials will be provided. Children can also bring their own miniature friend from home. Workshop is limited to 10.
Sunday, 2pm: Whirlwind Tour of Begonias, Theater
LIVE! Caterpillar Show Presented by The Caterpillar Lab Saturday, August 20, 10am–2:30pm Sunday, August 21, 10am–3pm Free with Admission
A close-up look at the most spectacular live caterpillars.
WONDERS OF NEW ENGLAND: A STANDARD FLOWER SHOW Presented by the Central South and Central North Districts of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts November 4 & 5, 10am–5pm November 6, 10am–4pm Free with Admission Explore traditional and creative floral designs and horticultural exhibitions.
The purpose of a Standard Flower Show is to educate club members and the viewing public, to stimulate interest in horticulture and floral design, to provide an outlet for creative expression, and to convey to the community the objectives of National Garden Clubs, Inc.
African Violet Show and Sale Presented by the Bay State African Violet Society Saturday, April 29, 10am–5pm & Sunday, April 30, 10am–4pm Free with admission.
The Bay State African Violet Society presents a spectacular show featuring America’s favorite houseplant, the African Violet. BSAV’s 55th annual spring show and sale is themed “Cooking with Violets.” See hundreds of blooming, specimen African Violet plants in a variety of displays. Get tips on African violet care and culture, including re-potting and propagation demonstrations. Many unusual African violets will be available for sale, as well as pots, soils, and more.
Lecture Demonstration ‘How to Repot a Violet’ at 11am and 2pm on Saturday, April 29 and at 1pm on Sunday, April 30
Guided Walkthrough of the Show at 2pm on Sunday, April 30A member will be available at the Educational Table to answer questions and give more informal demonstrations to smaller groups of people.
Educational Display: A member will be available at the Educational table to answer questions and give more informal demonstrations to smaller groups of people.
Presented by the New England Chapter of the American Primrose Society Saturday, May 6, 10am–5pm & Sunday, May 7, 10am–4pm Free with admission.
View an exceptional variety of primrose species at the Primrose Show. Most people probably know Primroses as the ubiquitous potted plants with bright pastel flowers that land in every garden center and grocery store in February and March to brighten winter’s darkest days. However, few gardeners are aware of the amazing versatility in the genus Primula, and the wonderful contribution these plants can make to the home landscape.
There are actually more than 450 species of Primula in the wild, ranging in height from a few millimeters to over a meter tall, and their flowers can be red, blue-purple, yellow, white, and all shades in between. They are attractive to gardeners for their early spring bloom and adaptability to garden and greenhouse cultivation. Many are especially adaptable to shade and rock garden environments.
Daffodil Show Presented by the Seven States Daffodil Society Saturday, May 6, 1pm–5pm & Sunday, May 7, 10am–4pm Free with admission.
The annual Seven States Daffodil Show features hundreds of cut daffodil flowers gathered from gardens in New England and New York state. Specimens will represent the wide range of daffodil types in form and flower colors ranging from cream, lemon, orange, gold, yellow, and red to pinks and greens.
A floral design competition will showcase the creative talents of the exhibitors. The display extends into the outdoor gardens at Tower Hill, which boast tens of thousands of Narcissus in sweeping plantings throughout the formal gardens, and a signature field of more than 25,000 daffodils.
AFRICAN VIOLET SHOW & SALE Presented by the Bay State African Violet Society Saturday, April 29, 10am–5pm & Sunday, April 30, 10am–4pm Free with admission.