Flower Show Features "On the Dutch Waterways"

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - 16:45

The Annual Spring Flower Show at Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden will begin Saturday, March 4, and run through Sunday, March 19, in the Talcott Greenhouse. The show will run daily from 10 am to 4 pm. This horticultural event will showcase hundreds of spring-blossoming bulbs and plants, which will be displayed in the main Show House. This year's theme is "On the Dutch Waterways" and explores with vignettes life on Holland's famous canals aboard a barge crowded with flowers. Visitors can expect to see and smell wonderfully fragrant blooms from hyacinths, freesia, narcissus, and pansies, as well as tulips, anemones, ranunculus, crocus, scilla, muscari, cineraria, and calceolaria, or pocketbook plant.

Visitors can also explore other areas of the century-old Victorian-era Talcott Greenhouse, which displays a collection of plants from around the world, maintained for research, educational, and aesthetic purposes. This collection includes orchids, bromeliads, cacti and succulents, ferns, aquatic plants, begonias, ivies, as well as many other tropical, subtropical, and temperate plants. The Orchid House and the adjacent Conservatory showcase a variety of orchids, water plants, and larger tropical specimens such as bananas, bamboo, coffee, ficus, and palms.

The show is free and open to the public, and Talcott Greenhouse is wheelchair accessible. Groups are welcome with advance notice.