2018-02-13 / Front Page

Boston Flower & Garden Show features area author

By ED PIERCE
Executive Editor

KENNEBUNK — A local gardening expert and author will be sharing her expertise once again on stage at one of the most illustrious annual events in Boston.

On March 14, Kerry Ann Mendez, owner of Perennially Yours in Kennebunk, will be appearing at the 2018 Boston Flower & Garden Show at the Seaport World Trade Center.

Mendez will be on hand to discuss her new book "The Budget-wise Gardener" and is a veteran gardening consultant, designer, author and lecturer. She has more than 25 years of professional and personal garden experience and has dedicated her career to teach the art of high-impact, low-maintenance flower gardening and landscaping.

"This is my fourth and maybe fifth time speaking at this wonderful show," Mendez said.

The Boston Flower & Garden Show is now in its ninth year and replaced the now defunct 137-year old Spring Flower Show. Held every March, it's typically the first taste of spring for tens of thousands of visitors from all over New England and has been voted the second-most popular consumer show in Boston for the last three years by Biz Bash Media.

This year’s show theme is "Savor Spring!" and incorporates elements of the popular food gardening trend. Featured in the show this year will be tips about organics, small-space gardens, 
homestead hobbies, edibles-as-ornamentals and family-friendly spaces for  outdoor dining and entertainment.

The extravagant five-day event includes more than 15 lush garden displays created by premier professional landscape designers, nurseries and horticultural groups and their garden designs incorporate innovative plantings, materials and techniques, all representing this year's Boston Flower & Garden Show theme.

Mendez moved to Kennebunk in 2014 with her husband and the couple owns Perenially Yours, which emphasizes the art of low-maintenance perennial gardening.

In the past three years, Mendez has has been a featured speaker at botanical gardens, arboretums and horticultural societies in 17 states, including the U.S. Botanic Gardens, U.S. National Arboretum, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and Longwood Gardens. She's ben a presenter and keynote speaker at Master Gardener conferences plus dozens of flower shows including Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, and the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.  

Her monthly e-newsletter and blog are sent out to more than 4,000 subscribers internationally throughout the United States and Canada and her online webinars covering personal garden education topics have been viewed by thousands.

She says that her new book "The Budget-wise Gardener," is all about how to create the garden of your dreams without breaking the bank.

In the book, Mendez offers many ideas for getting the best price and value for exceptional garden plants and details suprising plant sources and strategies. It also covers striking design concepts for eye-popping, pollinator-friendly landscapes requiring less maintenance and water and gives container gardening a whole new spin with cost-effective, creative ideas.

Her appearance at the 2018 Boston Flower & Garden Show will be at 1:30 p.m. March 14 and Mendez said that her discussion will focus on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants and sustainable practices.

Once more, the Seaport World Trade Center will host the Boston Flower & Garden Show and is at 200 Seaport Boulevard in Boston.

This year's show hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The box office closes one hour prior to the end of the show each day.

Admission for Adults is $20; Seniors (65-plus) are $17, Children (ages 6 to17) are $10; and Children (under 6) are free.  Group discount tickets are available for advance purchase in quantities of 15  
or more.

For more information, visit www.BostonFlowerShow.com.

— Excecutive Editor Ed Pierce can be reached at 282-1535 ext. 326 or by email at editor@journaltribune.com

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