Connecticut Flower & Garden Show canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

The 40th annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, scheduled from Feb. 25 to 28, 2021 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, has been canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced on Wednesday.

“I want to be sure we have a safe and profitable environment for all and it would be unfair to ask attendees and exhibitors – many of them small family businesses, like mine – to jeopardize their health and financial well-being,” Kristie Gonsalves, president of North East Expos, the show’s producer, said in a news release.

Gonsalves pointed out that the show uses all of the space in the center’s exhibition hall and seminar rooms. In the past, the show has attracted 40,000 people, and the exhibitors depend on that revenue.

“Employing socially distanced booths, one-way aisles and limiting the number of people inside at any one time would not only be difficult, but could affect the bottom line of hundreds of quality exhibitors,” she wrote.

The next Connecticut Flower & Garden Show is scheduled for Feb. 24 to 27, 2022.

North East Expos also produces the Connecticut Fishing & Outdoor Show at Mohegan Sun and the Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show at Connecticut Convention Center. No decision has been made regarding those 2021 shows.

Susan Dunne can be reached at sdunne@courant.com.

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