In the cold of a New England Winter, there are few places that bring to mind the excitement of the coming season. For Central Massachusetts, the “Heart of the “Commonwealth” Tower Hill Botanic Garden is that place.

This weekend is the second installation of a three part event, In Bloom, and STEMPUNK is the theme.  A distinct change from the serene beauty found in part one of the series Earth, Wind, and Flower, this weekend you will find the conservatories filled with a celebration of lush floral arrangements inspired by this literary and artistic genre.  The mix of modern technology, fantastical fiction, Victorian-era history, fashion and a stunning array of flowers, is an immersive experience for gardeners of all ages.

Strolling through and enjoying the displays is one way to continue the march towards Spring.  However, for a full understanding of the theme, and the idea of Steampunk as it relates to botanical design, Tower Hill has a weekend full of demonstrations, talks,  and workshops that will inspire you to begin your own STEMPUNK Spring garden.

Here is the schedule of events:

Saturday, February 17, 11am–12 pm

The Budget-Wise Gardener with Kerry Mendez

Talk & Book-Signing: Get practical tips on how to create a beautiful home garden without breaking the bank.

Saturday, February 17, 1pm-3pm

African Violet Propagation Demo with the Bay State African Violet Society

Saturday, February 17, 1pm-2pm

Botanical Steampunk Costume Contest: Stop by the costume contest table in the reception area to be entered into the contest between 1pm and 1:30pm. The winner will be announced on the loudspeaker at 2pm and can pick up their prize, a teacup planted with a succulent, between 2pm and 2:30pm. Costumes must include a botanical element, and will be judged based on originality and creativity.

Saturday, February 17, 2–3pm

Floral Design Demo with O Luxe Design

Sunday, February 18, 11am–12pm

Floral Design Demo with Frugal Flower

Sunday, February 18, 11am–3:30pm

Glamelias and Other Botanical Constructions: Glamelia – a vintage style wedding bouquet where petals of inexpensive flowers are combined into fanciful composites, usually with the appearance of a giant rose. Come create your own hybrid flowers to add some magic to winter arrangements.

Saturday, February 18, 1pm-2pm

Botanical Steampunk Costume Contest: Stop by the costume contest table in the reception area to be entered into the contest between 1pm and 1:30pm. The winner will be announced on the loudspeaker at 2pm and can pick up their prize, a teacup planted with a succulent, between 2pm and 2:30pm. Costumes must include a botanical element, and will be judged based on originality and creativity.

Sunday, February 18, 2:30–3:30pm

How to Plan and Grow a Cut Flower Garden: Learn how to create your own cutting garden for fragrant and fresh bouquets all summer long.Register here.

The Steampunk style of art is also great for kids who want to get their mixed media gears turning.  On both  Saturday and Sunday, from 10am–4pm,  there will be face painting and crafts for families to create their own Steampunk inspired floral creations, making this a creative family event for all to enjoy.

In Bloom continues next weekend, February 24th-25th, with the Camellia Show.  An exploration of blossoms and trees from the New England Camellia Society.

For more information on Tower Hill Botanic Garden, In Bloom, admission, parking, and to register for demonstrations, talks, and workshops, please visit their website at www.towerhillbg.org

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