From the 2009 Canada Blooms
When we were discussing the demise of the New England Flower Show, a commenter said, “Is it possible, at least, that from the ashes of these expensive, corporately-sponsored shows a more “authentic” kind of show can be born?” (I love our eloquent readers!) In answer to that question: apparently not. At least not in the case of the New England show.
According to the Boston Globe (which may soon itself be defunct, according to what I’ve been hearing), there will be a “new” New England Flower Show on March 24-28, 2010, but it will be run “more like a trade show” by the same group that runs the New England Auto Show. (Hmm, auto shows aren’t doing that well either. Are we sensing a pattern here?) Some individual members of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society will be involved, but the group is not officially participating. There is disgruntlement.
Go ahead and read the article (linked above) to get more of the story. I honestly don’t care much about whether these big shows survive. I had a brief flirtation with them, but have recently concluded that they’re just not that interesting; I can get much better cold weather gardening kicks by visiting indoor botanical gardens. And after the marvelous tour of Chicago’s public (and a couple private) gardens with fellow gardeners last weekend, I know exactly what kind of gardening road trip is the most fun.
That being said, it is kind of disturbing to contemplate all these things ending. I am glad that horticultural businesses can benefit from whichever of these shows survive, and if they can’t survive, than maybe our idealistic reader’s dream can come true, and the businesses can gain from a new, more relevant flower show model.