Spring is in the Air – 2012 Boston Flower & Garden Show
Posted on March 15, 2012 By nancygoldsteindesign2 Comments
I’ve been the lighting designer for the annual Boston Flower & Garden Show for many years and each year is as exciting as the next! This year’s exhibitors have outdone themselves with some amazing exhibits and I’m proud to be part of this great show. It’s not just about how to build a prosperous garden, it’s about beautiful, creative and inviting outdoor spaces. This year’s theme is “First Impressions” and if it’s your first time attending the show, I promise you it will leave an impression and you’ll come back year after year.
Before we could open to the public, the lighting crew and I have been hard at work on all the magic that happens behind the scenes. Because the exhibit hall does not provide a sturdy ceiling framework to hang lights from, my crew had to hang what is called truss. Truss is a metal framework that hangs from the ceiling providing a secure structure to hang exhibit lights.
The assembled truss “floating”, harnessed and ready to be lifted up to the ceiling for securing.
Once the truss is assembled and secured it’s time for the exhibitors to come in and start assembling their displays. All the exhibits are amazing works of art with live gardens, stone and wooden structures and furniture. The inside of the exhibit hall is a small construction zone during exhibitor move-in weekend.
Upon completion of the exhibits it was time for the lighting magic to happen. During the overnight hours on Monday night my crew and I secured and focused over 400 lighting fixtures bringing each exhibit to life. It’s an exhausting process but seeing the final show floor lit up is rewarding!
New England Nurseries Exhibit
Mahoney Garden Center Exhibit
Newport Flower Show Exhibit
This is just a sneak peek at the amazing exhibits from this year’s show and I hope that if you live in the Boston area you are able to attend. This show is a beautiful display of color, artistry and light! And don’t forget the shopping, you can find some great deals for your own garden at the show throughout the weekend.
For a full list of exhibitors and vendors, show hours and other details, please visit The Boston Flower & Garden Show website. The show opens tomorrow, March 14th and runs until Sunday, March 18th.