Two Wilton residents will be putting down temporary roots in Hartford with their entries in the 39th Annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, starting today at the Connecticut Convention Center. Michele Klink and Carol Steiner, members of the Wilton Garden Club, have created designs that will be featured in the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s (FGCCT) Standard Flower Show.

One of the largest, most prestigious flower shows in New England, the three-acre event will run today through Sunday, Feb. 23.

The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s Standard Flower Show will feature over 12,000 square feet of design, horticulture, botanical arts and photography competition with more than 500 entries from members across the state, all themed “Spring Into Connecticut.”

Klink’s entry (pictured above) is a creative design in Class 17 titled “Sailboats and Sunsets”; Steiner’s (at left) is a Division II petite creative mass design titled “Strawberry Moon.” More than 6,500 members in 122 local clubs belong to the FGCCT, whose mission is to coordinate, stimulate and encourage higher standards in all aspects of Garden Club work, and to protect and conserve the state’s natural resources, preserve CT heritage and promote civic beauty.

“This fresh, fragrant, colorful show offers an expansive variety of creative and practical ideas for house, apartment and condo dwellers alike,” explains Kristie Gonsalves, producer of the Connecticut Flower & Garden Show. “Attendees can meet horticulturalists and landscapers who will share their knowledge in over 80 hours of seminars that are free with admission.”

Other highlights of the 39th Annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show:

  • Over an acre of gardens in full bloom by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations, including naturalistic, low maintenance, native, containers, epic tomatoes, vegetables, organic, herb, and pollinator gardens
  • More than 300 booths of displays, activities, shopping: artisans, handcrafted gifts, fresh flowers, plants, garden ornaments, metalwork sculptures, herbs, bulbs, seeds, fertilizers, soils, gardening books, patio furniture, lawn and garden tools, equipment
  • At the entrance, an eight-foot Enchanted Hobbit Tree sculpture, enhanced with florals and plants, by artist Shauna Shane of FentonRiver Studio in Storrs