Annual Flower Show

Every spring the Botanic Garden presents its annual flower show, beginning on the first Saturday of March and running for two weeks. The beloved tradition, which began in 1971, offers a welcome glimpse of spring for winter-weary visitors from the region and beyond.

The Botanic Garden staff work throughout the year to plan and prepare a newly designed display with a new theme. Thousands of plants with colorful and fragrant blossoms are carefully grown and coaxed into bloom just in time for opening day. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, cinerarias, pansies, freesias and more bring the display to life.

In recent years, the Botanic Garden has collaborated with students and faculty in the art studio department to design, create and install a unique work of art that is fully integrated into the show, complementing and enhancing the floral component.

This is a photograph of preparations for the 2019 Flower Show. The student-made sculpture is in the foreground, and under it there is a curving water feature surrounded by spring flowers and foliage.

2019 Flower Show: “Seasons of Change”

Art and architecture students collaborate with the Botanic Garden to design and build a sculptural fountain for this year’s spring Flower Show.
This image shows the sculpture while it was being created, as well as the laser cutter which was utilized.

2018 Flower Show: “Gateway to Spring”

Art and architecture students collaborate with the Botanic Garden to design and build a sculptural fountain approximating MHC’s iconic entry gate.
Image of flowers in the MHC greenhouse

2017 Flower Show: “Spring Pools”

The central bench of the greenhouse will feature three still-water features surrounded by cut branches budding with a selection of tulips and more.
Image of Flower Show

2016 Flower Show: “Emerald Isle”

An Irish theme represented through a central water feature bordered by a variety of flowers including violas, pansies, cineraria, tulips & oxalis.
Image of flowers at MHC Flower Show 2015.

2015 Flower Show: “Tropical Oasis”

Featuring palm fronds, mini torches, and thousands of fragrant blossoms in a rainbow of colors.