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Elizabeth Park Conservancy Announces Annual Spring Greenhouse Show

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The Spring Greenhouse Show will open on March 15, and includes tours and a plant sale.

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Elizabeth Park Conservancy opens its Spring Greenhouse Show on Friday, March 15, featuring a spectacular array of spring bulbs and plants. The show, tours, and sale will take place in the historic greenhouse in Elizabeth Park.

The show is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15 through March 22. Coffee and refreshments will be served at the Cottage from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, when Horticulturist Rosemary Aldridge will offer tours of the Greenhouse Show at 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. The reception and tours are free, and reservations, which are required, can be made at [email protected], or by calling 860-231-9443 x104 with the names of all guests and preferred tour time.

A one-day plant sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. Plants may be purchased by cash or check only on the day of the sale. Visitors are asked to bring their own trays, boxes or carts to carry away their plant purchases.

Included in the floral display are French hyacinths, muscari, tulips, daffodils, amaryllis, begonias, scented geranium, pansies, violas, and Spanish oregano, as well as a collection of tropical plants. The Conservancy will add additional plants for the sale from Geremia Greenhouse in Wallingford, including hydrangeas, lilies, hellebores, calla lilies, and a few fun surprises. The bulbs and plants were grown by Conservancy Horticulturist Rosemary Aldridge; Head Gardener Peter Winne; Gardeners Wesley Gage and David Rivera, and many volunteers. City of Hartford Gardeners will assist with the show and sale.

The Spring Greenhouse Sale helps support Elizabeth Park Conservancy in its mission to maintain, restore and protect the gardens, grounds and buildings in Elizabeth Park. Home to America’s oldest public rose garden, Elizabeth Park opened to the public in the spring of 1897 on property donated to the City of Hartford by Charles Pond, in honor of his wife Elizabeth. The Park is on the national register of historic places and offers more than 100 acres of formal gardens, green space, recreational facilities, walking loops and the Pond House Café. Elizabeth Park is open to the public year-round, from dawn to dusk. Elizabeth Park Conservancy was founded in 1977.

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