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Spring Preview: Flower And Garden Show

Horticulturalist Peter Sadeck of Lakeville designed this garden featuring a fountain and live parrots. (Greg Cook)

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BOSTON — One of the signs of spring hereabouts is the annual Boston Flower & Garden Show, produced by the Paragon Group. Flowers and trees, waterfalls, chicken coops and shrubbery fill the Seaport World Trade Center through March 17, showcasing the ingenuity of local landscaping firms and garden clubs. The show remains smaller than the old New England Spring Flower Show, which ended after 137 years in 2009 due to the financial struggles of its sponsor, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. But the gardeners continue to astonish as they bring the outdoors indoors.

Ahronian Landscaping & Design of Holliston and Medway Garden Center of Medway includes a waterfall atop outdoor seating for "privacy" and to "drown out background noise." (Greg Cook)

Ahronian Landscaping & Design of Holliston and Medway Garden Center of Medway includes a waterfall atop outdoor seating for “privacy” and to “drown out background noise.” (Greg Cook)

Display by Ahronian Landscaping & Design of Holliston and Medway Garden Center of Medway. (Greg Cook)

Display by Ahronian Landscaping & Design of Holliston and Medway Garden Center of Medway. (Greg Cook)

Horticulturalist Peter Sadeck of Lakeville designed this garden featuring a fountain and live parrots. (Greg Cook)

Horticulturalist Peter Sadeck of Lakeville designed this garden featuring a fountain and live parrots. (Greg Cook)

Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, fashioned a dragon out of moss, magnolia leaves, berries, palm fronds, willow branches and flowers in the Newport Flower Show's display. (Greg Cook)

Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, fashioned a dragon out of moss, magnolia leaves, berries, palm fronds, willow branches and flowers in the Newport Flower Show’s display. (Greg Cook)

Newport Flower Show's "Jade: Eastern Obsessions" highlights Asian style with low maintenance by eliminating lawn and focusing on perennials. (Greg Cook)

Newport Flower Show’s “Jade: Eastern Obsessions” highlights Asian style with low maintenance by eliminating lawn and focusing on perennials. (Greg Cook)

Miskovsky Landscaping of Falmouth places outdoor seating under a pergola. (Greg Cook)

Miskovsky Landscaping of Falmouth places outdoor seating under a pergola. (Greg Cook)

Forced plantings sprout on and around a chicken coop designed by Miskovsky Landscaping of Falmouth. (Greg Cook)

Forced plantings sprout on and around a chicken coop designed by Miskovsky Landscaping of Falmouth. (Greg Cook)

Mary Chmielecki and Kim Sestak of the Garden Club of Mansfield produced this live miniature garden titled "Gandalf Stirs Seeds of Change in Bilbo's Unexpected Journey." (Greg Cook)

Mary Chmielecki and Kim Sestak of the Garden Club of Mansfield produced this live miniature garden titled “Gandalf Stirs Seeds of Change in Bilbo’s Unexpected Journey.” (Greg Cook)

Debi Hogan and Warren Leach of Seekonk produced this live miniature "Classical Chinese Scholar's Garden." (Greg Cook)

Debi Hogan and Warren Leach of Seekonk produced this live miniature “Classical Chinese Scholar’s Garden.” (Greg Cook)

Heimlich Nurseries of Woburn showcases the changing seasons with winter on one side of the waterfall and spring plants on the other side. (Greg Cook)

Heimlich Nurseries of Woburn showcases the changing seasons with winter on one side of the waterfall and spring plants on the other side. (Greg Cook)

New England Nurseries of Bedford proposes inspiring love of the outdoors and gardening among children by placing this eye-shaped playhouse near a garden and chicken coop. (Greg Cook)

New England Nurseries of Bedford proposes inspiring love of the outdoors and gardening among children by placing this eye-shaped playhouse near a garden and chicken coop. (Greg Cook)

Water flows down a boulder in a rock and bamboo garden by New England Land Artisan of Stratham, New Hampshire. (Greg Cook)

Water flows down a boulder in a rock and bamboo garden by New England Land Artisan of Stratham, New Hampshire. (Greg Cook)

Joan Schofield of the Holliston Garden Club fashioned this hat out of flowers and palm leaves. A design by Cynthia Chace of the Community Garden Club of Cohasset and the Garden Club of Hingham is seen in the background. (Greg Cook)

Joan Schofield of the Holliston Garden Club fashioned this hat out of flowers and palm leaves. A design by Cynthia Chace of the Community Garden Club of Cohasset and the Garden Club of Hingham is seen in the background. (Greg Cook)

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