March Events for the Design Minded

Text by Lynda Simonton

 

 

These March events will help you get through the final days of winter, and help you look ahead to spring.

Camellia Blooming Season at the Lyman Estate
Through March 15
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, citrus, and clivia 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., (781) 891-1985, historicnewengland.org

Architectural Digest Design Show
March 16–19
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 design seminars, design vignettes, and more. Complimentary admission to designers who pre-register online, $40 at the door, Thursday–Saturday 10 a.m.– 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Piers 92 & 94, New York City, addesignshow.com

Boston Flower and Garden Show
March 22–26
This year’s theme “Superheroes of the Garden” is sure to delight attendees young and old. The show will celebrate the legendary plants, crusaders, and innovative tools that are champions of the garden. A diverse lineup of lectures includes everything from “Giving Up the Grass” to “Twelve Super Roses Anyone Can Grow.” March 22 and 23, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., March 24 and 25, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., March 26, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; adults $20, seniors $17, children $10. Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, (800) 258-8912, bostonflowershow.com

Ladies of the House Tour
March 25
View Boston’s historic Otis House through the lens of 18th- and 19th-century women’s history. The home’s rich past as a host to an array of remarkable women, from a powerful political wife
to a holistic physician, will be examined. Otis House, Boston, 10 a.m.–11 a.m.,
$7 Historic New England members,
$15 non-members, (617) 227-3956, historicnewengland.org

NESU Herb Society: Gardening for the 5 Senses
March 28
A good garden is one that looks pretty. A great garden can be defined as one that appeals to all the senses. Beautiful colors, shapes, and textures that create movement, plantings that beckon birds and bees, and flowers that invite us to lean and inhale their heady scent—when all the senses are engaged, the garden becomes a place of endless delight. Horticulturist Kelly Orzel will guide you on creating a garden that engages the senses in both a pleasing and sustainable way. Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit (NESU) Lecture Series co-sponsored by Strawbery Banke Museum. Portsmouth, N.H., 7 p.m.–8 p.m., $7 for Strawbery Banke and Herb Society members, $9 non-members, advance registration required. strawberybanke.org

Connecticut Spring Antiques Show
March 25–26
Antique dealers from across the country will be exhibiting their wares at this annual show of American furniture and -decorative arts. Hartford Armory, Hartford, Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–4 p.m., ctspringantiquesshow.com

Boston Design Week
March 29–April 9
This 12-day citywide design festival returns for a fourth year, and will once again feature a wide array of programs and events exploring all aspects of design. Events occur throughout the city and Greater Boston, and will range from discussions on building and home remodeling to celebrating women in woodworking. Visit bostondesignweek.com for the expansive schedule of offerings.

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