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2014 New England Flower Shows & Festivals

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A selection of popular New England flower shows and festivals for 2014. Make a weekend of it!


The Sampler Field Offers Great Views over the Lupines to Distant Mountain Ranges. Read more about the Lupine Festival at Sugar Hill!

The Sampler Field Offers Great Views over the Lupines to Distant Mountain Ranges.
Read more about the Lupine Festival at Sugar Hill!

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Portland Flower Show
March 6–9, Portland, ME
A garden lecture series, Children’s Discovery Garden, and thousands of plants are just a few of the highlights you’ll find at the Portland Co. Marine Complex. 207-775-4403; portlandcompany.com

Boston Flower & Garden Show
March 12–16, Boston, MA
Get an early shot of spring at New England’s largest flower show. Held at the Seaport World Trade Center. 781-237-5533; bostonflowershow.com

Nantucket Daffodil Festival
April 25–27, Nantucket, MA
This flower festival includes art shows, tours, parades, exhibitions, contests, lectures, and the annual flower show. daffodilfestival.com

Daffodil Festival
April 26–27, Meriden, CT
See more than 650,000 blooming daffodils at this carnival of amusement rides, local food, music, and fireworks held at Hubbard Park. Catch the Arts & Crafts sale and Daffodils on Parade. 203-630-4259; daffodilfest.com

Dogwood Festival
May 2–4, Fairfield, CT
Features concerts, an arts-and-crafts show, a plant and garden boutique, and beautiful, blooming dogwoods on the grounds of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church. 203-259-5596; greenfieldhillchurch.com

Lilac Sunday
May 11, Boston, MA
At the Arnold Arboretum, picnic amid some 380 lilac plants. Tours, live music, family activities, art installations, and food vendors are available dawn to dusk. 617-524-1718; arboretum.harvard.edu

Northern New England Home, Garden & Flower Show
May 16–18, Fryeburg, ME
Meet home and garden exhibitors at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds. Buy your spring plantings; enjoy the cooking series, seminars, and tasty fair food. 800-359-2033; homegardenflowershow.com

Celebration of Peonies
late May–early June,
Manchester, VT

Visit Hildene, the historic homestead of Robert Todd Lincoln, during the weeks that thousands of peonies are in bloom. Purchase heirloom plants and seeds to take home, too. 802-362-1788; hildene.org

Newport Flower Show
June 27–29, Newport, RI
Visit the Rosecliff mansion for a weekend of garden exhibits, a lecture series, workshops, and vendors. This year’s theme is “Journey: Grand Vistas.” 401-847-1000; newportmansions.org

Fields of Lupine Festival
June 1-15
Sugar Hill, NH

The 21st annual Lupine Festival in the Fran­conia Notch area offers a vista of purple fields and pastures. Walk paths or take a wagon ride past the flowers; an open-air market on Main Street offers shopping, entertainment, and refreshments. Regionwide. 603-823-5661; franconianotch.org
Read more about the Lupine Festival at Sugar Hill!


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