The list is complete (unless someone tells me of another event that I am not thinking of). I have done a quick overview of each of these flower and garden shows. They are (I think) a comprehensive list of the best and brightest in the world.
A few things that I noticed while compiling this. All (except for the US based show) have outdoor elements to the show. All occur during a prime ‘busy’ season for landscapers (i.e. the event is not planned for outside of the main growing season). Many of them don’t run annually. What trends do you notice.? What are your thoughts? I personally think that all of these should be studied intensely while planning future New England shows. Joe Kunkel of Mass Hort emailed me about my last post and he is questioning how much of the failure of the NE show and others in the US (San Francisco, Seattle) are a result of the economy and how much is that the ‘flower show model’ is tired. I think it is both…but perhaps more so the tired model. In my opinion, this show was failing long before our economy imploded. What do you think? What would you like to see at a future flower show? If you could fashion a show for landscape people, landscape designers, and gardeners, what types of events would you like to attend? What would you like more of in garden shows? less of? What is you most memorable garden show memory? Let’s hear it!