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The Portland Flower Show

April 5th, 2018

A week and a half ago, a friend and I went down to the Portland Flower Show. I haven’t been to one of these types of shows since I was in high school. While they’ve improved a bit, it’s still a lot of marketing and sales, aimed at getting you to buy things.

One thing I did like about this garden show, was that there were actual gardens set up, with boulders, and plants, and trees, and themes. From what I see/hear, this is the new norm in garden shows, I just haven’t been to one to see it.

While I did see some interesting things at the show, it was a bit pricey for what was there. It was also super busy, which means I couldn’t get any wide shots of any of the garden because it was wall-to-wall people. I did snap a few great pictures of some timber frame sheds & pergolas for Mr Chiots. Perhaps some day I’ll have a lovely potting shed like the one above.

Do you attend your local garden show? What do you think about it? 

3 Comments to “The Portland Flower Show”
  1. Misti on April 5, 2018 at 9:40 am

    I’ve gone to orchid shows in Florida and have enjoyed those, the one here in Houston I didn’t enjoy at all. And based on the photos I’ve seen of the Philadelphia and PNW Flower shows, they look boring to me. I’m not really interested in seeing made up gardens indoors. Maybe the Chelsea show is good—people rave about that—but I dunno, they seem like snoozefests to me.

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    • Robin on April 5, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      We still have snow and possibly more to come. That makes it nice to see the exhibits indoors. It gives us something to day dream and plan over until spring really arrives!

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  2. Robin on April 5, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    This makes me hopeful for the new show at Alfond Arena later this month. Thanks for sharing the pics. I love browsing for ideas for the new gardens.

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