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Flower Power

World Flower Show features 630 international floral exhibits


Photo courtesy of World Association of Flower Arrangers

The World Flower Show is being held in the United States for the first time, and Boston gets to add it to the city’s list of historic firsts. The organizers chose the Hub, they say, because of its history of garden and floral design.

Held every three years (previous host countries include New Zealand, Pakistan, Japan, South Africa, and France), the show brings together floral designers from around the world. This year’s show, at the Seaport World Trade Center, features more than 600 flower arrangements designed by some of the finest artisans worldwide. The theme is The Glorious Earth. So, if you’re tired of simply shoving a dozen tulips or roses into a vase and are seeking inspiration, consider a trip to the waterfront. The displays will dazzle you.

The show offers design demonstrations and lectures, including a history of the White House and its gardens and a discussion of the ways flora and fauna have inspired Tiffany & Company’s creations. A complete list of events is found here.

The World Flower Show runs through Sunday, June 19, at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. Take any MBTA Green Line trolley to Park Street. Switch to an southbound Red Line train and go two stops to South Station. At South Station switch to an outbound Silver Line bus and go two stops to the Seaport World Trade Center. Tickets are available at the door for $30 and online for $25. Tickets for lectures and demonstrations must be purchased separately. Hours are Thursday, June 16, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, June 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

John O’Rourke can be reached at orourkej@bu.edu.

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