By Alheri Egor-Egbe ’17
An exhibition of sights and smells awaits visitors to Mount Holyoke College’s annual Spring Flower Show. This year’s theme for the beloved tradition is the “Emerald Isle” and features annual and perennial flowers with an Irish focus.
The flower show takes place in the Talcott Greenhouse from March 5 to 20 and is open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The greenhouse is wheelchair accessible and the event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.
Greenhouse technician Gail Fuller, who designed the show, said that the theme will be represented through a central water feature with grass in the middle, bordered by a variety of flowers including violas, pansies, cineraria, tulips, and oxalis.
The flower show has been a College and community favorite since its inception in 1962, when the greenhouse manager sought a way to connect Mount Holyoke with the greater South Hadley community. The greenhouse staff has been preparing for nearly a year.
“The theme is chosen the year before, and then we order our bulbs in the summer and plant in the fall,” Fuller said.
The flower show attracts hundreds of visitors annually, many looking for a break from the winter weather. But the Talcott Greenhouse is an integral part of many students’ Mount Holyoke education throughout the year. The botanic garden, greenhouse, and campus arboretum are a living laboratory supporting botanical research by students and faculty. And for years, the staff has given each new student a small plant.