February 10, 2015

(EDISON, NJ) ― Tired of the dull and drab colors of winter? The 13th Annual New Jersey Flower & Garden Show will bring rivers of color, fragrance and a strong hint of spring to the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue in Edison on February 12-15, 2015.

“The New Jersey Flower Show attracts more than 25,000 flower and garden enthusiasts every year,” said Kevin McLaughlin of MAC Events, the show’s producer. “We will highlight fabulous display gardens, a Standard Flower Show presented by the Garden Club of New Jersey, the Garden Marketplace, seminars and educational programs and much more.”

The theme of this year’s event is “The Great American Novel.” New Jersey’s premier garden centers and nurseries will recreate scenes from many of America’s best-loved novels, including The Great Gatsby, The Scarlet Letter, Call of the Wild, The Catcher in the Rye, The Crucible, The Age of Innocence, Wizard of Oz, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and many more.

“The presentation will be absolutely spectacular,” said McLaughlin.

The show’s Great Garden Marketplace will feature 125 vendors, offering such cash-and-carry items as plants, bulbs, seeds, garden ornaments, tools, jewelry, floral arrangements, garden art accessories and designs, and much more. Destination exhibitors will include the Jersey Cape, the New York’s Corning Museum, and Finger Lakes Tourism.

The Great Garden Marketplace will also feature a Garden & Grape area, offering gourmet products; jellies, jams and preserves; honey; barbecue sauces; chips and dips; soups; and wines from New Jersey.

The exhibit hall will feature two stages. The first, Bouquet for a Day, will provide hands-on demonstrations on everything from container gardening, to creative floral arranging, and garden design. Speakers will include Bruce Crawford of Rutgers Gardens, Susan O’Donnell of the Garden Club of New Jersey, Dominick Mondi of the New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association, Diane Wilkerson of the Jersey Shore Rose Society, and Tito Wee of Dragon Agro Products. Simon Premium Outlets will present a Spring Floral Fashion Show.

The second stage will be a Cook Stage. Dearborn Farms of Holmdel, N.J. will offer a demonstration of wine and cheese pairings and other tips and suggestions for culinary aficionados.

The event’s 2015 Gardeners Go to School program will include four days of seminars covering everything from organic gardening, to lawn care, eco-friendly pest control, to exotic plants and more. The program will include Growing Up Green, a specialized area for children to learn about herb containers, bird houses and other important topics. Scheduled speakers include Pam Ruch, Sarah O’Leary, Lesley Parness and Edith Wallace of Garden State Gardens, and Kathleen Gagan of Peony’s Envy, to name a few.

Through the Garden Club of New Jersey, the show will present a number of events and activities for youths. With its increased focus on Youth Clubs, the program will include such events on Saturday as a hands-on Touch Art and a fun Agility Course to test skills; Smokey Bear will arrive at 1 pm to entertain children of all ages; and from 2-4 pm, a one-on-one mini workshop will highlight nutrition information on “how to get kids to enjoy more fresh veggies and fruits.”

Sunday events for young people will feature samples from a Taste of the Garden with live cooking and fresh nutritious smoothies. Dr. Jim Conroy, the “Tree Whisperer,” will showcase his new book, “Messages from the Trees.” The noon hour will feature Mr. Bob the Gardeners’
“Great Zucchini Race.” Mid-afternoon brings a Pollinator’s Craft hands-on workshop provided by naturalists Diana and Mike Dove. And any show day will feature the fabulous Youth Educational and Photography and Horticultural exhibits and entries.

“The New Jersey Flower & Garden Show is truly an event with something for everyone,” said Kathleen Gagan of Peony’s Envy. “It has a wonderful lineup of horticultural speakers—nationally acclaimed speakers who routinely support this show—and has very strong participation from the garden clubs. And Kevin McLaughlin of MAC Events has been an incredible mainstay of the show.

“It is amazingly well-attended,” she said. “It’s another chance for me to reach out to clients, and we continue to support the New Jersey Flower & Garden Show because it’s so well-attended.”

“It is certainly a good venue for gardeners—even the window-sill gardener,” said David Hyde of Well-Sweep Herb Farm, a 45-year-old company with one of the largest collections of herbs and perennials in the country. “And there are other things to entice other people—everything from flavored honey and wine-tasting, to the highly interesting lectures. We’re looking forward to it—it’s a breath of spring.”

13th Annual Flower & Garden Show Itinerary:

February 12 – 15, 2015
New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center
Edison, N.J.

Thursday, February 12 1 pm – 8 pm
Friday, February 13 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday, February 14 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday, February 15 10 am – 6 pm

MAC Events, a division of Townsquare Media, has been producing trade and consumer shows, including home shows, flower and garden shows, and women’s expos for more than 40 years. For more information on the 13th Annual Flower & Garden Show, visit www.macevents.com, call (732) 449-4004 , or e-mail kevint@townsquaremedia.com.

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