We are thrilled to announce RI Federation of Garden Clubs is back by popular demand at the RI Home and Garden Show. RIFGC has served our local communities for almost 89 years connecting people of all ages to nature through design, horticulture, and education. This year we are bringing our best and brightest to Dream, Discover, Design! –an NGC Design Specialty Flower Show featuring contemporary floral artistry that is sure to inspire, excite, and delight our visitors.
RIFGC is thrilled to be coordinating with RIBA in a fresh and exciting partnership of new opportunities. Working with the hundreds of students that participate in the Home Show perfectly parallels our outreach and education efforts over the past 89 years. Sharing our passion and love for design, the environment, and horticulture has always been our mission. At the RI Home and Garden Show we are able to do that in a relevant, inspiring, and meaningful way.
Bringing together designers from all over New England and nationally accredited judges, Dream, Discover, Design! will be our largest and most creative Flower Show EVER. Over 48 contemporary and traditional designs will be on display at the RI Home and Garden Show for your delight and inspiration. Artistic creations of all sizes, shapes, and colors will make you see horticulture in ways you never imagined. This is a judged floral design competition which includes educational exhibits and botanical arts. Come and cast a vote for which design is your favorite!
In keeping with our love of celebrating all things nature, we will have a whimsical botanical arts exhibit surrounding the central gazebo in the gardens. You will find botanical haute couture in elegant jewelry, purses, and shoes all created with only natural materials. Birdhouses created by local students will also be on display and will delight all ages. And of course, the featured plantings courtesy of Central Nurseries will not only beautify your landscape but also support local birds, wildlife, and pollinators.
Michelle Mensinger will present a power point presentation on Butterflies of New England and Their Host Plants.” The presentation will include beautiful photos of adult butterflies, caterpillars, and the plants that host their larvae. The program will also include photos of butterfly gardens. Attendees will learn which plants they should add to their gardens to attract these flying jewels.
Shelby Doggett, Executive Director of What Cheer Flower farm will talk about their endeavor to share flowers with those in need and how the farm works in order to achieve this goal; What Cheer Flower Farm is a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 2017 with the purpose of growing, rescuing and giving flowers away to those in need. In 2019 alone, they donated 44,500 flowers to people who deserve more joy in their life. “Flowers bring a deep sense of solace and joy. Flowers are healing. Giving someone a bouquet acknowledges their worth. It says, “You matter. You deserve beauty. You are cared for.”