Central Garden Display

It’s not every day you get to change the weather to something a bit more desirable. Enter the Vermont Flower Show and you’ve done just that! It’s also quite a phenomenon that hundreds of people can volunteer their talents, efforts, materials and time to bring the Vermont Flower Show to life and to you.  The theme for the 2013 show is “The Road Not Taken”.

Green Works – The Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association produces the Vermont Flower Show and it is a one-of-a-kind event. It is designed, coordinated, and built by a team of Green Works members and volunteers whose commitment to the green industry in Vermont is strong and vital. These same volunteers are the professionals who help you at your local nursery, in your gardens, building your landscapes or educating you through outreach programs. Enjoy your time at the Show and know that our Flower Show is like no other in the U.S.!

Join us for The Road Not Taken!

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Central Garden Display Description:

The Theme

The theme for the 2013 Vermont Flower Show is “The Road Not Taken” from the poem by Robert Frost. The inspiration for this theme lies in the discovery of less-traveled places, exploration of the natural world and reconnection with forgotten wonders of enchanting green spaces. The poetry of Robert Frost often draws upon the landscape of New England and his home here in Vermont, so the connection leads us easily to Vermont’s own Flower Show.

The Yellow Wood

We find ourselves at a place where two roads diverge. Which one to choose? The journey unfolds along the road less traveled, one which “was grassy and wanted wear” from the poem by Robert Frost. Take in the scent and quiet beauty of a brilliant woodland as the 2013 Flower Show experience begins!

The Urban Block & Graffiti Wall

Some roads lead to an urban lifestyle, but there are plenty of opportunities to connect with nature here: producing food on a micro scale, creating a lovely bit of garden in the tiniest space, plants busting through barren rubble, even the graffiti is green!

The Frost Cabin

Make your way through the deep woods to a secluded cabin that inspires poetry. That’s what the Center for Technology, Essex Building Technology students did when they took a field trip to Frost’s historic home in Ripton. From within the fine replica they built you can hear Frost himself reciting poetry through archived recordings and be transported through time to commune with Frost’s pastoral vision.

The Stone Center

When we think of Vermont’s historic rural landscape, we might think of stone walls — dry-laid stone walls to specific. So when it came to choosing a Featured Artist we turned to Dan Snow, renowned stoneworker from Dummerston, VT. Dan was assisted by wallers certified by The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. Here are Dan’s thoughts:

In his poem “The Birthplace” Robert Frost speaks to the connection stone can make between generations. A side-hill farm, family history is revealed in the opening verse.

“Here further up the mountain slope Than there was ever any hope, My father built, enclosed a spring, Strung chains of wall round everything, Subdued the growth of earth to grass, And brought our various lives to pass.”

The dry stone walls spiraling up a rocky slope at the center of the Flower Show display area remind us that the different paths we choose often lead to a common place, that we can share a destination without traveling the same roads to get there. Throughout our lives our way forward appears to us as unique, it is “the one less traveled by,” in Frost’s words. And that is how it should be if we are to make a difference in our world. Through striving we come to a place that we’ve made our own, little knowing we’ve done so all as one.

The Homestead

While some people follow urban paths, others find themselves in more rural settings with great potential for sustainable living. The Homestead displays many of these joys of rural life with chicken tractors, lush vegetable gardens, and a welcoming front porch. Take note of how efficiency, sustainability and design come together here to create the edible landscape.

The Orchard

Frost’s world would not be complete without a Vermont orchard in bloom. What a refreshing smell! Honeybee hives are positioned for the paramount goal of pollination in a symbiotic relationship that has been in existence since the beginning of time. The honeybee remains a key to biting into a crisp apple and much, much, more.

The Viewing Platform

Experience your path from a new perspective. Take a photo. Walk up the viewing platform and witness your experience and the many events of the VT Flower Show from a higher perch and then continue on your way. This post and beam structure was built by Center for Technology, Essex Building Technology students.

The Wayside

How do they do it? The Vermont Flower Show is a unique experience. Take a few moments by the side of a tranquil pool to learn how The Central Display is built — learn about the Featured Artist as well as all the other talent that comes together to produce the display. This outstanding volunteer community works in collaboration with generous sponsors to construct an exciting prequel to Spring that’s just around the corner!


Dan Snow

Featured Artist

For thirty years Dan Snow built dry stone walls and garden features almost exclusively for neighbors in his native Windham County, Vermont. For the past seven he’s been branching out, making works of landscape art as far west as Oregon, and east to Denmark and Finland. His stone structures now grace the grounds of colleges, museums and art parks. From initial design to final execution, the weight and shape of natural stone informs Dan’s creative process.

The age-old skill of constructing in dry stone is still alive today and being practiced by a growing number of professional wallers. The team members who built the central display feature are all craftsmen with Dry Stone Wallers Association certification. Dave Fielder, Jared Flynn, Charley MacMartin, Jamie Masefield, T.J. Mora and Dan are stone workers committed to maintaining the highest standards in their field.  You can find Dan in Booth 29 and see his presentation “Working with Stone: Creating Connections in Time” on Friday at 3:00 pm.



Collaboration is Key

Want to know what makes this so much fun? The people! The Flower Show Com- mittee and Central Display Committee are a group of hard-working people who began the planning process 18 months ago. They have given tirelessly of their time and labor to ensure the show comes together in a few short days! Wow!

UVM Master Gardeners

Every show we ask master gardeners who participate in the UVM Master Gardener Program across the state if they are interested in volunteering their time to help with the Vermont Flower Show. The tasks are many and so are the master gardeners who come forward each show! Over the course of the week almost 100 master gardener volunteers help Green Works with this endeavor! We gratefully accept their help and could not do it without them.

Green Works Members and Vermont Certified Horticulturists

Holding a flower show was the brainstorm of members back in 1963. Over the years the show has evolved, expanded, and grown into what it is today. That brainstorming by our members still goes on today. Many of our members donate their professional time and expertise to design and build the show. Others donate plants and materials. Vermont Flower Show would never be able to happen without our members continued efforts and dedication to bringing this show to life every other year.

Green Works members and Vermont Certified Horticulturists are on hand at the Green Works information booth to answer questions. Please check out the Design Board to learn about this year’s sponsors of the show and the featured contributors.

Central Display Committee

Claybrook Griffith, Long Leaf Landscaping, CDC Co-chair

Ed Burke, Rocky Dale Gardens, Design Coordinator

Katie Raycroft-Meyer, RMLA Raycroft/ Meyer Landscape Architecture, Design Coordinator

Melita Bass, Melita J. Bass, VCH, CDC Co-chair

Charley MacMartin, Queen City Soil & Stone

David Burton, Trowel Trades Supply

David Loysen, Shaw Hill Nursery

Gabe Bushey, Church Hill Landscapes,Inc

Jamie Masefield, Dry Stone Wall Masonry

John Padua, Cobble Creek Nursery

Liam Murphy, Murphy Landscape Design & Siteworks

Marie Limoge, Designer for Landshapes

Meghan Giroux, Vermont EdibleLandscapes

Michelle Blow, Greenhaven Gardens &Nursery

Nate Carr, Church Hill Landscapes

Rick Villamil, Aquarius Landscape Sprinklers, Inc

Sam Chicaderis, Queen Bee Landscape

Service, Inc. Sarah Holland, River’s Bend GardenDesign

Sarah Salatino, Full Circle Gardens

Sinclair and Kirsten Adam, Vermont Organics Reclamation

VJ Comai, South Forty Nursery

Vermont Flower Show Committee

Kristina MacKulin, Green Works, Flower Show Committee Chair

Alison Johnson, Delaney Meeting & Event Management

Ann DeYoung, VT Garden Railway Society

Claybrook Griffith, Long LeafLandscaping, LLC

David Loysen, Shaw Hill Nursery, CookingDemo Coordinator

Debbie Page, Family Room Coordinator

Dr. Leonard Perry, UVM Extension,Seminar & Essay Contest Coordinator

Marijke Niles, Perennial Gardens Plus,Plant Sale Coordinator

Mary S. Cliver, Mary Sullivan CliverLandscape Design, LLC, AuctionCoordinator

Maryanne Wood, Federated GardenClubs of VT

Melita Bass, Melita J. Bass, VCH

Shari Johnson, UVM Master Gardener,Volunteer Coordinator

Terry Skorstad, Family Room Coordinator

Bringing Plants to Bloom

Brett Wilbur, Claussen’s Florist, Greenhouse, and Perennial Farm

Carol MacLeod, Evergreen Gardens

Center for Technology, Essex

Chris Conant, Claussen’s Florist, Greenhouse, and Perennial Farm

David Loysen, Shaw Hill Nursery

John Padua, Cobble Creek Nursery

Mark Starrett & UVM Horticulture Club

Mark Storch, Claussen’s Florist,Greenhouse, and Perennial Farm

Nate Carr, Church Hill Landscapes

Vermont Technical College