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Elizabeth Park Conservancy to Hold Annual Spring Greenhouse Show and Tours

Elizabeth Park Conservancy's annual Greenhouse Show will begin March 6. Courtesy photo

The Elizabeth Park Conservancy will hold its annual Spring Greenhouse Show beginning March 6 in West Hartford.

Elizabeth Park Conservancy’s annual Greenhouse Show will begin March 6. Courtesy photo

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Elizabeth Park Conservancy opens its Spring Greenhouse Show on Friday, March 6, featuring a spectacular array of spring bulbs and plants.

Elizabeth Park Conservancy’s annual Greenhouse Show will begin March 6. Courtesy photo

The show is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6 through March 13. Coffee and refreshments will be served at the Cottage from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 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; however, space is limited, and reservations are required. Reservations can be made by contacting Kelly Nolen at [email protected] or 860-231-9443 ext. 104 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 14. 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, scented geraniums, pansies, trellised sweet peas, culinary herbs, nasturtiums, hanging baskets, and Spanish oregano, as well as a collection of tropical plants and succulents. The bulbs and plants were grown by Conservancy Horticulturist Rosemary Aldridge; Gardeners Wesley Gage and David Rivera, and many volunteers. City of Hartford Gardeners will assist with the show and sale.

The show, tours, and sale will take place in the historic greenhouse in Elizabeth Park.

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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