There have been flower shows and educational venues provided by the Vermont Nursery & Landscape Association (formerly known as the Vermont Association of Professional Horticulturists and Vermont Plantsmen’s Association) since it’s inception in 1964.
They have not always been held in Chittenden County but have been in the Eastern part of the state as well as Barre, Vermont.
Most of the early shows were small. Several were held in local malls (Champlain Mill & University Square) in order to capture the local traffic.
The decision to move to The Sheraton was a major undertaking by the board because it meant that this was now considered an important part of the life of the organization. For the first time the organization had a place to showcase horticulture in Vermont and for many smaller members of the organization to participate and meet the public in a meaningful way that they might not otherwise be able to in their usual seasonal businesses.
The public responded to this breath of spring and to the creative themes and flocked to the Flower shows.
Each year the displays were fresh and new and each year there were speakers that continually raised the level of knowledge of horticulture in Vermont and the North East in general.
In 2006 the Flower Show moved from the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center to the Champlain Valley Exposition. It is a much bigger venue and has allowed us to expand and grow the Vermont Flower Show.
Fun Facts about the Vermont Flower Show
11,746 forced spring BULBS IN 2,691 POTS
400 square feet of SOD
Over 2,000 hours of volunteer time for DESIGN and CONSTRUCTION to create this experience
180 cubic yards of MULCH
Approximately 8,000 people attended the show in 2013.
7 yards of COMPOST
Over 500 KIDS participate in the hands-on activities held in the Family Room.
SMELL of mulch in the dead of winter – priceless
500 square feet of patio and walkway stone
Thousands of dollars of IN-KIND PRODUCT donated by Green Works/VNLA members and supporters
104 EXHIBITORS at the Flower Show in 2015
1300 linear feet of granite COBBLES
Over 40 educational SEMINARS offered to the public during the 3 days of the Show; 3 days of cooking demonstrations by Vermont chefs
4 pallets of PEAT MOSS BALES
Over 600 deciduous and evergreen TREES and SHRUBS, including 30 forced lilacs shrubs and 22 forced crabapple trees
60 foot long stream, 11 feet x 16 feet pond, and 4 foot waterfall in past shows
The VNLA has sponsored some type of flower show for over 30 + years.