Massachusetts Horticultural Society holds Amateur Competitions at the Flower Show, 2017


March 12, 2017, WELLESLEY, MA. This year’s theme at Paragon’s The Boston Flower & Garden Show, March 22-26, 2017 will be Superheroes of the Garden. The show is held the Seaport World Trade Center in South Boston.

This year’s Photography Competition is sure to please with their interpretation of the show theme. The Adult Division – Super Heroes of the Garden is co-chaired by Chris Wood & Christine Paxhia. The Youth Divisions - Super Heroes of Nature, is chaired by Arabella Dane. The competition is located in the lobby of the conference center.

The Youth Photography Division had a lot of fun with their theme “Super Heroes of Nature” and showcases winning entries from young people, ages 5-15. Judges were Charlie Burke, President of the Photography Society of America, MA, Carol Donnelly, Garden Club of America Photography Judge, ME, and Phyllis Meinke, President Lakes Region Camera Club, NH. Young people included a comment with their photo on how their image portrays a Super Hero of Nature. [Please see images/captions below]

Mass Hort continues its tradition of sponsoring amateur horticulture competition at the show. Floral Design, Division I – Super Powers, is presented by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. and Chair Lisa Pattinson. Floral Design - Division ll – Champions Among Us, includes the Open Classes presented by Massachusetts Horticultural Society and Chair, Marissa McCoy. You can find these beautiful floral designs in the Waterfront Ballroom in the conference center to the rear of the hall.

Ikebana International is presented by Ikebana International, Boston Chapter and co-chaired by Joanne Caccavale & Kaye Vosburgh. These wonderful designs will be located in the Waterfront Ballroom Lobby. Amateur Horticulture Competition & Exhibits, for the second year, will be located on the main Exhibit Hall Floor, chaired Hannah Traggis, Amateur Horticulture is made up of individual plant owners and societies groups, dedicated to the highest quality of plants and horticulture. On display will be individual plants, plant collections in bay windows and plant rooms. Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s exhibit, “School Gardens, Garden Mentors and Super Plants” will showcase school garden beds and ideas for learning and education through a home or school garden. Mass Hort’s exhibit Chair, John Forti, and designers Hannah Traggis, Seed to Table Educator; Katie Folts, Education Manager; and David Fiske, Gardens Curator have developed this fun exhibit.

Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and to developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment. Mass Hort’s public gardens, The Gardens at Elm Bank, are located at 900 Washington Street, Wellesley on 36-acres in the Elm Bank Reservation, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The gardens season is from May 1 through Columbus Day weekend.




Succulents. These are both succulent plants in a rock garden. Succulents can grow almost anywhere and can look beautiful while they stop soil from falling down. That is why they are Super Heroes.

Class 5, Entry 1, 1st place, Lizzie D., age 9.