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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Reframe Your Last Weeks of Winter

It may be too early to pack away that overworked snow blower and pull out your garden spade but it’s never too soon for scheduling a flower show. Have a free winter weekend? Looking for some creative ideas, tips and products? Here’s a surefire way to reframe this year’s snowy winter.

Two regional flower shows are taking place in Southern New England before our garden shed doors crack open for business. Are you interested in ‘Gardening with Heart?’ Then check out the 19th annual Rhode Island Flower show running February 24 – 27th, 2011. Sounds like a plan to get the valves moving. This year's show is partnered with the American Heart Association so it’s a great month to ponder how gardening can keep the ticker in check while enjoying the great outdoors. Tickets to the Rhode Island Flower Show are available for $16 in advance for adults or $18 at the door. Admission is free for children five and under and tickets are $7 for children ages 6-12. Additional event and ticket information for the Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show is available at

Next up in March, March 16th – 20th to be exact, the Boston Flower and Garden Show opens its doors to the general public for a theme you don’t want to miss - "A Burst of Color: Celebrating the Container Garden." This craze is as hot as growing your own vegetables, which by the way you can produce loads of edibles in containers. For ticket pricing and event information visit Find out how to get your free flower show tickets when you become a member at Elm Bank. This is the time to jump on board.

So why not reframe what this long snowy winter did to the gardeners’ psyche and think about ‘Gardening with Heart’ or just getting into ‘Bloom.’ As Rumi reminds us, “You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?”

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