New England Event for the Design Minded March, 2018

March 1, 2018

Text by Lynda Simonton

Camellia Blooming Season
Through March 23
Take a mini tropical vacation without leaving New England: visit the 19th-century camellia house, part of the Lyman Estate greenhouses, where the century-old trees will be in full blossom. Orchids, sweet olives, and citrus will also be in bloom. Visitors can purchase plants propagated from the estate’s plants. 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Lyman Estate Greenhouses, Waltham, Mass., (617) 994-6672,

Pruning Shrubs
March 3
Learn how to prune your shrubs for optimum growth and beauty. Jen Kettell, an ISA-certified arborist, will address tools, pruning cuts, thinning, and more. 10 a.m.–noon. $20 member, $30 non-member, advance registration required. Arnold Arboretum, Boston, (617) 384-5277,

The Great Estates in Greenwich: Then and Now
March 5
Explore the history of Greenwich’s venerable estates with Davidde E. Strackbein, who has been actively involved with the Greenwich Historical Society for more than 32 years. The talk is inspired by the book The Great Estates, Greenwich, Connecticut (1880–1930), based on a historical documentation project sponsored by the Junior League of Greenwich. Bruce Museum, Greenwich. For information, and to reserve a space, email

Boston Flower and Garden Show
March 14–18
This year’s theme, “Savor Spring,” celebrates a gardener’s favorite time of year. A diverse lineup of lectures includes everything from “Veggie Garden Remix” to “Fool Proof Roses.” March 14 and 15, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., March 16 and 17, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., March 18, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Adults $20, seniors $17, children $10. Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, (781) 237-5533,

In the Garden
March 17–August 26
Featuring a mix of fine art, textiles, jewelry, and even the bodies of actual insects, this exhibition explores the various ways in which flowers and bugs have captivated and influenced the work of artists over the last five centuries. Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt., (802) 985-3346,

Turning Ordinary Into Extraordinary: The Art of the Built-in and Custom Detail
March 20
This seminar explores the impact that truly one-of-a-kind design elements can have on the places in which you live, work, eat, bathe, and sleep. Be it a spectacular fireplace or feature wall, that all-things-integrated kitchen or office or dressing room, or a custom “statement piece” of furniture or cabinetry, such uniquely elegant and personal touches can make all the difference between a room that’s simply very nice and one that’s show-stopping.

Come hear top figures in Connecticut’s luxury architecture, design, and building field share some of their standout projects and discuss just what can be achieved with today’s rapidly evolving technology. Speakers will include experts from several of the region’s most prestigious firms, such as Shope Reno Wharton, Gatehouse Partners, and I.M. Smitten. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. I.M. Smitten, Trumbull,

Architectural Digest Design Show
March 22–25
Designers and homeowners alike will enjoy this event showcasing more than 400 brands. From well-known manufacturers to independent craftsmen, the show provides plenty of design and renovation inspiration via seminars, vignettes, and more. The keynote of the event will be Architectural Digest editor-in-chief Amy Astley chatting with interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard about his work creating homes for A-List celebrities. Thursday–Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Piers 92 & 94, New York City,

Connecticut Spring Antiques Show
March 24–25
Antique dealers from across the country will be exhibiting their wares at this annual show celebrating 45 years of presenting the best of American furniture and decorative arts. Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $15. Hartford Armory, Hartford,

NESU Herb Society:
The Organic Kitchen Garden with Kelly Orzel
March 27
Join horticulturist Kelly Orzel as she shares the old-fashioned organic-growing techniques and the artistry of cottage gardens. She will review garden design, soil preparation, planting secrets, and more. This is a lunch and learn event, so please bring a bag lunch and drink. Noon–1 p.m. Free, advance registration required. Strawbery Banke Museum. Portsmouth, N.H.,

Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch at Rosecliff
March 31
Children will delight in hunting for thousands of brightly colored Easter eggs strewn throughout Rosecliff’s oceanfront lawn at this annual holiday event. After the hunt, young and old will enjoy a delicious breakfast inside the historic mansion. 10 a.m., member and non-member pricing available,

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